The Real Hot Seat
Posted on February 17, 2017
If I were a TV host interviewing a politician, I’d have running totals at the bottom of the screen, giving numbers of: evasions; mainly truthful straight answers; straight answers that were misleading or direct lies or falsehoods; and evasive lies not responsive to a question.
A shrewd interviewer could make those calls as the conversation progresses, sentence by sentence, (or have a co-anchor do so). He would also need a cutoff switch for the interviewee’s mike. There could be a running transcript showing the most recent statements as they are being weighed. The host could have an expert group checking out lies in the background. When the guest gets a fact wrong, he could be given a chance to back down. There could also be a post-appearance challenge procedure.
Another segment could be “empty statements,” where the guest made a general or overbroad statement he could not give facts to support.
Call the program something like “the Real Hot Seat” and dare politicians and talking heads to appear on it.