Vote: Was NBA Commissioner Right To Attack a Radio Host?

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on June 15, 2012 – 12:33 pm

What’s the toughest question a reporter can ask an interviewee?

As I’ve written before, the most infamous “unanswerable” reporter question is this: “When did you stop beating your wife?” The entire purpose of the question is to catch the interviewee off guard and elicit a dramatic sound bite.

Well, now I’ve seen it all. For the first time (at least the first time I’ve seen it), an interviewee turned the tables on a host by asking him when he stopped beating his wife.

Radio host Jim Rome (left) tangled with NBA Commissioner David Stern (right)

The set up is rather straightforward: The interviewer is Jim Rome, a bombastic radio talk show host. The guest is David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The topic is whether or not the NBA perpetrated a massive fraud in its annual lottery, during which teams pick the best amateur players to join their franchises.

They spoke earlier this week. It’s a remarkable interview.

Who do you think "won" this exchange?

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A grateful h/t to reader @KenDeBolt.

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