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  •  Okay (6+ / 0-)

    Frost is a UK figure, he is known there. He is known in the US primarily for his Nixon interview. I'm not sure why that's a problem?

    •  I didn't say it was a problem... (3+ / 0-)
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      but maybe the article should've referred to him as the UK's most celebrated TV interviewer, rather than the world's.

      •  Hyperbole (6+ / 0-)

        Shrug, the world is bigger than the United States. Maybe Frost had a big following outside the States? Gee... I really do not know why I'm trying to defend The Guardian's use of hyperbole. The obit wasn't ghost written by Glenn Greenwald at least as far as I know.

        Anyway, here's the NYT version: David Frost, Interviewer Who Got Nixon to Apologize for Watergate, Dies at 74

        David Frost, the British broadcaster whose interviews of historic figures like Henry Kissinger, John Lennon and, most famously, Richard M. Nixon often made history in their own right, died on Saturday aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth, where he was scheduled to give a speech. He was 74.

        [...]

        He knew how to make his guests “make news,” as the television industry saying goes, either through a sequence of incisive questions or carefully placed silences. He showcased both techniques during his penetrating series of interviews with President Nixon, broadcast in 1977, three years after Mr. Nixon was driven from office by the Watergate scandal, resigning in the face of certain impeachment.

        Mr. Frost not only persuaded Mr. Nixon to end a self-imposed silence, he also extracted an apology from the former president to the American people.

        The sessions, described as the most-watched political interviews in history, were recalled 30 years later in a play and a film, both named “Frost/Nixon.” In the film, Mr. Frost was portrayed by Michael Sheen and Mr. Nixon by Frank Langella.

        Since 2006, Mr. Frost’s television home had been Al Jazeera English, one of the BBC’s main competitors overseas. Mr. Frost brought prestige to the news network, while it empowered him to conduct the kind of newsmaker interviews he most enjoyed.

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