The seemingless endless interviews with diverse allegedly expert commentators on the virus crisis have dominated, the BBC, CNN, Fox and other international channels and have thrown up a particular American oddity.
That is American purported experts always finish the interview by saying, “Thanks for having me.”
What does this reveal!
Dame Julie Christie explained it to me about 15 years ago when, in hindsight, I foolishly agreed to participate in the New Zealand Dragons Den show. At the time I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t.
After one interviewee was disposed of I said to her, “That fellow was plainly quite bright. Why on earth would he put such a dumb proposition to us?”
“Easy,” Julie said and God only knows, she as producer of numerous dumb public participation shows certainly does. “People will die to be on television,” she explained.
This presumably explains why utter nobodies line up to be humiliated by the likes of “Marriage at First Sight,” “The Bachelor” et al. But it also explains why not some but all American expert interviewees are so grateful to have their day in the sun.