Donald Trump did not walk out of his interview with Leslie Stahl, but he probably should have.
A professional interview needs to answer one question for the audience: “What’s this person about?” Today’s media overlords have already answered that question for themselves, in the case of Donald Trump, and small their efforts are focused on force-feeding that answer to the rest of us.
One of the best interviewers in the business was Art Bell, whose four-hour format gave him the opportunity to explore his guests from all angles. One night he would have, say, noted physicist Michio Kaku, talking about string theory, quantum multiverses and the possibility of time travel; the next night he would have on a time traveler from the 24th century. In both cases, he would explore his guest’s terrain on their terms—“So when you actually make the time jump, what is the physical sensation?”—(I worked the graveyard shift then. I heard it just like that.) At the end, you knew exactly what these people were about.
Compare these two nuggets from Stahl:
“There’s no proof that your campaign was spied on.”
When Trump accuses the media of refusing to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story, she explains it can’t be verified, because it can’t be verified.
On the whole he treated her with far more respect than she deserved.