NZ breakfast TV host: "It's the EVILNESS you feel, isn't it."
Posted by Morrissey on September 12, 2021, 12:35 am, in reply to "9/11...."
"I just wanna talk about the response to the attacks, the War on Terror and that kind of stuff." |
A.M. Show, Newshub, TV3, Friday 10 September 2021, 7:15 a.m.
Ryan Bridge, Amanda Gillies, Mark Richardson
The dreary ritual of politicians and media figures looking and sounding sad about the attacks on 11 Sept. 2001, and ignoring any political explanations for them, began in earnest yesterday morning. On TVNZ1, John Campbell interviewed an ex-Clinton staffer who looked mournful and said that today she would be reflecting on the power of memory. Campbell mirrored her sad expression and thanked her profusely for talking to him.
On TV3, the special guests were two former New York firefighters, Captain Peter Hayden and his deputy Jay Jonas. Following are the highlights of Ryan Bridge's interview with them—if "highlights" is the word for such a dire few minutes....
Along the bottom of the screen the chyron informs viewers: "PETER AND JAY WALKED OUT OF THE RUBBLE TOGETHER."
DEPUTY CHIEF JAY JONAS: Today is always going to be tied to, uh, ahhh, grief and bereavement.
(Almost instantaneously the chyron at the bottom of the screen changes. "JONAS: TODAY IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE TIED TO GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT.")
The two ex-firefighters speak at length about the horror they experienced. Then it's time for Ryan Bridge to move the interview along a bit…
RYAN BRIDGE: Jay, I just wanna talk about the response to the attacks, the War on Terror and that kind of stuff. How do you feel about the response George Bush made?
DEPUTY CHIEF JAY JONAS: Uh, I don't know that I'm qualified to comment on that. I'm a firefighter. But I was happy to see the aggressive response to this horrible event.
RYAN BRIDGE: It was incredible, absolutely incredible. I was thirteen at the time and I don't have much to say.
(Twenty minutes later, it's time to ask another guest to reflect on the events of Sept. 11th.)
RYAN BRIDGE: It's one of those occasions isn't it where you always remember where you were. Helen Clark joins us for her take next…
(A commercial break ensues, and then the screen is filled with the grave mien of the former prime minister, beaming in via Skype from Paeroa.)
RYAN BRIDGE: It's the evilness you feel, isn't it.
HELEN CLARK: Yes, and evil is the appropriate word.
RYAN BRIDGE: And of course the world changed forever. How do you feel about the response, Helen?
HELEN CLARK: [pause] I guess hindsight is a wonderful thing. …. Iraq distracted attention away from Afghanistan, which needed long term investment. There was some indication that the Taliban were amenable to a political solution, but this was completely rejected by the Americans. [snickers]
(Then the sports guy decides, unwisely, to speak.)
MARK RICHARDSON: There have been no more attacks on American soil by Islamic militants. So the Americans would say it was a success. Do you agree?
HELEN CLARK: No. No I don't.
(Ryan Bridge and Amanda Gillies visibly squirm in embarrassment.)
"Ryan is a truly exciting broadcaster who is perfectly suited to a dynamic morning show. He flawlessly pivots from conducting hard-hitting interviews to sharing engaging and entertaining anecdotes, driven by his innate curiosity and genuine desire to connect with his audiences."—SARAH BRISTOW, Newshub "Director of News"