NBC’s Christin Cooper is coming under fire after many question if she went too far during her interview with Olympic skier Bode Miller.
Miller, one of the Winter Olympics’ most high profile athletes, had just won the bronze medal in the super-G when he stopped to chat with Cooper. Their conversation quickly turned emotional when Miller began discussing his recently deceased brother.
Here’s the transcript via Jezebel:
Miller: This was a little different. With my brother passing away, I really wanted to come back here and race the way he sends it. So this was a little different.
Cooper: Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?
Miller: (Long pause) A lot, obviously. A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year.
Cooper: I know you wanted to be here with Chilly experiencing these games, how much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?
Miller: I mean, I don’t know it’s really for him. But I wanted to come here and uh — I don’t know, I guess make my self proud. (Pauses, then wipes away tears.)
Cooper: When you’re looking up in the sky at the start, we see you there and it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?
After Cooper’s last question, Miller leans against a fence and appears to cry. Cooper says “sorry” and puts her hand on Miller’s shoulder before walking away.
Many have criticized Cooper for “badgering” Miller about his deceased brother until be broke down in tears, while others question whether Cooper’s gentle tone could be considered harassing at all.
Journalists often walk a fine line between trying to get the story, while not trying to become the story. Unfortunately for Cooper, she seems to have become the latter.