January 24, 2009
The media just can’t leave things lie. They have to find controversy over pride and ratings. Captain Sullenberger was scheduled to be interviewed by Matt Lauer on January 19th in Washington. Sullenberger would be there since he was invited to the Inauguration. He was a ni show, citing the pilot’s union not wanting any of the crew to speak publicly until the investigation was completed.
Lauer announced his absence and added:
We have been guaranteed we’ll still have the first interview with Captain Sullenberger – we’re just going to delay it for a few days.
I don’t know what happened in the interim. Maybe Sullenberger (or his wife) took exception to Chris Matthews’ metaphor about outgoing VP Dick Cheney sitting in the wheelchair. Whatever happened, Katie Couric will now be interviewing him – and the whole crew I imagine – on 60 Minutes set to air on Feb 8th.
Here’s what the classy folks at the Today Show had to say. “Today” spokeswoman Megan Kopf:
What Capt. Sullenberger did in the cockpit on flight 1549 was heroic and admirable. Unfortunately, people close to him have not acted nearly as admirably over the past few days. They gave us their word and then broke their commitment. We wish Capt. Sullenberger the best.
She does not in the least bit wish him well.
Isn’t that show located in New York?
How can she possibly think the 155 souls he saved from a certain death care what channel it will be on?