Some of the SU community may have missed the post-race interview with men’s Super G bronze medalist Bode Miller and NBC reporter Christin Cooper last weekend, but I did not.
Neither did much of the world for that matter.
Social media lit up with anger after the interview with Cooper and Miller, one which caused the racer to collapse to one knee and break down in tears.
Many members of social media believe Cooper crossed the line by prodding Miller about his brother who passed away last year.
Miller, with his emotions already running high, even went on to say after the interview via Twitter not to blame Christin Cooper for pushing the limits, according to bleacherreport.com.
Additionally, though many professional sports analysts and viewers shunned Cooper for asking Miller four times about his deceased brother. Even Miller recognized the fact that it was her job to do so and acknowledged that she was not trying to cause any pain.
However, Cooper is still receiving criticism.
Jerry Young, a play-by-play announcer of high school sports for the NFHS Network referred to the interview with Bode Miller as the worst of all time.
He even went on to say that Cooper is the definition of a horrible sports broadcaster, according to bleacherreport.com.
This seems to be the consensus on social media as well.
However, I cannot support these claims.
As an aspiring journalist — who is still learning new things everyday — I have to say that Cooper did her job.
The highlight of the story was Miller and his struggles over the past year and the death of his brother was a part of it.
Would I have pressed like she did?
My job, as well as hers, is to get the complete story and all the emotions that come with it — as long as it is relevant to the story.
In this case, it was.
Had it been a different scenario where this issue was completely irrelevant, I would probably fire myself for that mistake.
But, I do not feel it is fair to hold Cooper accountable for doing something wrong when she was just doing her job.
In actuality, I applaud her for trying to capture that moment and I applaud NBC for allowing it to happen even though the network had eight hours to edit it out.
Both the network and reporter made an ethical decision to go that route and to me that says professionalism.