JOUR101: Interview Commentary on Sir David Frost

Sir David Frost, who passed away last week at 74, is most well-known for his original and daring interview style. His infamy catalysed following his interview with US President Nixon in 1977 where Frost pressured Nixon into a confession on the Watergate Scandal. The interview, which was televised to over 45 million people made David Frost a household name.

However, Frost is heavily criticised for skipping over a very controversial point in his 2007 interview with former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.



Bhutto claimed that Osama Bin Laden had been dead since 2001, and was killed by Omar Sheikh. The revelation, as clearly depicted in the interview, went unchallenged by the legendary interviewer. Was it that he just wasn’t paying attention? Perhaps a senior moment? Or maybe Frost decided not to open the ‘Pandora Box’ that Bhutto presented.

Unfortunately Bhutto was assassinated two months later and further follow-up is impossible. Many assume that Bhutto simply mis-spoke. Nevertheless Sir David Frost missed out on what could have been one of the most pivotal interview revelations in history.


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