What may seem like a harmless conversation could be one person’s fifteen minutes of fame, or another’s hour of repentance. The art of interview — drawing on information awareness, about the interlocutor and the topic of discussion, using proficiency in asking questions and listening to answers, and effectively building a conversation in line with the main theme – can create history.
Perhaps one of the most striking interviews ever witnessed in political history is that organised by a British journalist, David Frost, who took an interview with the 37th U.S. President, Richard Nixon. David Frost died at the end of August 2013 and has gone down in history as a talented journalist. He persuaded a taciturn president to talk during a series of interviews in 1977, and even forced an apology to the American people for Nixon’s mistakes and abuses of power during the Watergate scandal.
The film «Frost Nixon», 2008, was loosely based on the story, which became a tool for psychologists, journalists , and PRs from all fields.
On the day of Frost’s death, the current British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on his Twitter account: «My heart goes out to David Frost’s family. He could be — and certainly was with me — both a friend and a fearsome interviewer «.