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SOCHI, Russia — Social media unleashed its wrath on NBC reporter Christin Cooper, whose interview left American skier Bode Miller in tears. After tying for the bronze medal in the men’s super-G, Cooper repeatedly asked the skier about his deceased brother.

Miller’s brother, Chelone, was a snowboarder who died last year at the age of 29 after a seizure.

“Bode,  you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?

Then:

“I know you wanted to be here with Chelly experiencing these games. How much does it mean to you to come up with a great performance for him? And was it for him?”

Then:

“When you’re looking up at the sky at the start we see you there and it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?”

At which point, Bode curls his head and body, overcome with emotion. NBC received widespread criticism for lingering on the emotion, as Miller wept and then walked away to be comforted by his wife.

In response to the criticism (see below), NBC released a statement Sunday night.

“Our intent was to convey the emotion that Bode Miller was feeling after winning his bronze medal,” a spokesman for the network said. “We understand how some viewers thought the line of questioning went too far, but it was our judgment that his answers were a necessary part of the story. We’re gratified that Bode has been publicly supportive of Christin Cooper and the overall interview.”

Click here to read more tweets critical of Christin Cooper’s interview.

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6 comments

  • mommatocharlie

    This is the very same thing the ABC peop0le used to do when they were broadcasting any news bit that involved emotions. The only difference was that ABC people(on a local basis as well as longranfge stories) would shove the microphone in the face of the person being “interviewed”. This individual who passes for a sports reporter should be muzzled—qand the photographer penalized as well. I jhave no idea how Bode managed to keep silent at this irresponsible display of interview gone wrong.

  • ByteMarx Livedaughtcom

    We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
    Comes on at five
    She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
    In her eye
    It’s interesting when people die-
    Give us dirty laundry

    Can we film the operation?
    Is the head dead yet?
    You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
    Running bet
    Get the widow on the set!
    We need dirty laundry

    You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
    You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
    Just leave well enough alone
    Eat your dirty laundry