As I was reading through a number of posts and news items about the death of Jack Layton (which I cannot write about at present because it makes me too sad) I stumbled across this video of Pierre Trudeau from the CBC archives:
The first thing that strikes me about the video is the line “Just watch me” is so famous, yet it is completely buried in the interview. This line is probably the 1970s equivalent of a modern soundbite, but it is also completely opposite to the soundbite because it is buried within a 7:00 minute video at minute 6:07.
The second thing that strikes me is length of the interview. The length of the engagement between Mr. Trudeau and the reporter is also a change from modern reporting when we are more used to politicians running away from cameras rather than engaging with reporters. This is not a sit-down in-studio interview, it is an impromptu interview on the steps of parliament. Nevertheless, the reporter and the Prime Minister actually have time to have a conversation and a debate about the policies of the government. I can hardly imagine this happening today.