Bode Miller at the Sochi Olympics isn’t the first time the media has made a celebrity cry

February 20, 2014

US skier Bode Miller cries after the Men’s Alpine Skiing Super-G during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014. (Alexander Klein / Getty Images)

NBC reporter Christin Cooper made Olympic skier Bode Miller cry with mawkish questions about his recently deceased brother: “When you’re looking up in the sky … it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?”

Why was Cooper so intrusive? Because a TV cry is a BIG DEAL. It’s a memorable moment. But I believe she needs a cry tutorial.

Barbara Walters once asked Oprah about close pal Gayle King: “Describe that friendship to me.” Tears welled as Oprah said, “She is the mother I never had.” So you don’t need to get maudlin to evoke tears.

Tears can be overrated. Last Thanksgiving, Fox News showed a goofy Richard Simmons video celebrating new hairdos. The reporter asked fitness guru Simmons: “What’s the point of this ?” Simmons cried as he replied: “Just to make people feel good and laugh.”

When Eliot “call girl scandal” Spitzer ran for NYC comptroller in 2013, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski asked: “How are you different than … five, six years ago.” Spitzer said: “A lot of pain.” He sniffled, grimaced. No tears fell. Sometimes a LACK OF TEARS is more powerful than actual tears.


Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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