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Reader’s comment: None so cool as Frost

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In response to Kathy Gyngell: Marr, Robinson and the great Labour love-in, KilowattTyler wrote:

No modern interviewer, Marr, Maitlis, Newman, et al, are remotely up to the standard of David Frost in his prime.

Here is Frost interviewing a genuine fascist, Sir Oswald Mosley, in 1967. Note how Frost remains cucumber-cool and uses skill to get the old rogue to reveal himself as mendacious and ultimately (compare the first few minutes and the last few minutes of the interview) rather pathetic:

There are no angry denunciations or name-calling by the interviewer (compare particularly with Maitlis and Newman). There is some cat-calling by the audience, but even this is, if anything, constructive – the main protagonist has brought along photos as evidence of Mosley’s association with actual Nazi figures, he does not call for ‘no-platforming’ or closing down the debate.

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