Waste of time interview (boy in balloon story)

I decided to put this up to show you how the media can feed us with complete junk. A journalist wastes his time (this is the Associated Press, not some local small ads paper) interviewing a man who saw nothing! In the interview he even admits that he didn’t know what was going on, and he didn’t dare ask because he thought everyone was too busy! Thankfully, this interview only lasts one minute – but it’s still one minute where nothing at all has been learned.
As an exercise in comprehension, though, it’s pretty good. Listen for the reporter using ‘you know’ and how the interviewee sometimes starts a sentence and then changes his mind and rephrases what he wants to say:

They’re err, they’re good kids, err, he gives them a lot of free rein, but on the other hand I think he’s a very responsible, caring parent and as is their mother.

What else can you tell us about the neighbourhood an just how and about how they blend in here, you know, what’s going on right now with the neighbours?

Well I think everybody’s concerned about what’s going on, err, when I, what happened this morning was I was getting ready to go somewhere and I heard a lot of commotion in the backyard and people running around, I didn’t know what had happened and they looked too busied and occupied for me to interrupt and ask what was going on, and then as I left two of the boys were up on the roof of the house with a camera saying something about their brother having left on, I thought it was an airplane, a little small airplane or something, didn’t know it was a balloon.

Could you see it yourself?

No, I could not.

Did the boys indicate that they saw Falcon, you know, attach the balloon to the basket

I got the impression that they knew he was part of whatever left the backyard, yes.

3 comments

    • Josette,
      You could click the screen to go to the youtube page with the same video, but I’m not sure that would help…

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