Captain Sullenberger: Today Show vs 60 Minutes

January 25, 2009

Flight 1549 posts

Lori and “Sully” Sullenberger (DAILY NEWS)

Captain Sullenberger was to appear on The Today Show with Matt Lauer. This press release the reason he did not.

Instead, Katie Couric will be interviewing the entire flight crew: Flight Attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen Welsh, Donna Dent, Co-pilot Jeff Skiles and Capt Sullenberger on 60 Minutes to be aired on Feb 8th. (Super Bowl Feb 1st.)

AP’S DAVID BAUDER:

The Sullenbergers’ media adviser, Alex Clemens of the communications firm Barbary Coast Consulting, confirmed the “60 Minutes” interview but said he would have no other comment.

The Today Show was not pleased and has no intention of interviewing him now. And here are folks swearing they won’t watch because Katie Couric is interviewing him.

NBC Spokeswoman MEGAN KOPF: What Captain 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 Captain Sullenberger the best.

By saying what he did in the cockpit was admirable implies what he did outside it was not. How old is this woman? How are Captain Sullenberger and his crew are less newsworthy on a second interview? The flight crew’s actions are less heroic and the lives of the 150 passengers less important because it’s a different channel? They ever hear of You Tube?

How much did the decision have to do with an iconic legitimate prime time news show vs morning talk show? NBC vs CBS? Or Matt Lauer vs Katie Couric?

When are they going to realize it’s not about them and all they are doing is diminishing what was an amazing feat of experience, skill, judgment and execution that saved 155 (and perhaps many more) lives?

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