Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hey, Charlie Rose

It has been many years since I watched more than a few seconds of Charlie Rose's talk show. I watched tonight. I hoped my initial impression of him was wrong. It wasn't.

Mr. Rose, I want to like your show. There's just one problem.

You don't shut up!

If you aren't stomping all over your interlocutor with the insights of which you're too obviously proud, you're chiming in with totally unnecessary affirming noises ("mm", "yes", etc.) that make it difficult if not impossible to hear your interviewee. You remember your interviewee — your guest — the reason we tuned in?

If your guest is talking, can you stop?

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