Sunday, September 01, 2013

Obituary: David Frost

British journalist and broadcaster David Frost, 74, died yesterday of an apparent heart attack.

Frost might be best remembered as having interviewed former president Richard Nixon after he disgraced himself and resigned from office. Those interviews formed the basis of a movie made a few years ago.

While popular in Britain and beginning to launch a career on U.S. television, Frost did not become internationally known until 1977, when he secured a series of television interviews with Nixon.

The dramatic face-to-face was make-or-break both for him and for the ex-president, who was trying to salvage his reputation after resigning from the White House in disgrace following the Watergate scandal three years earlier. At the time, it was the most widely watched news interview in the history of TV.

The interviewer and his subject sparred through the first part of the interview, but Frost later said he realized he didn't have what he wanted as it wound down.

Nixon had acknowledged mistakes, but Frost pressed him on whether that was enough. Americans, he said, wanted to hear him own up to wrongdoing and acknowledge abuse of power — and “unless you say it, you're going to be haunted for the rest of your life.”

Those interviews are on YouTube. Part One:

You can find the rest here.

No comments: