Last night, Diddy sat down for a Nightline interview with famous jerk Martin Bashir, and Bashir’s shtick was so off-putting that Diddy came off downright charming by comparison. Click through to 6:10 for the worst of it, when Bashir tries to make Diddy admit he’s a terrible father because he gives his children loads of money.
RAPPER P.DIDDY has spoken out about his controversial interview with British reporter, Martin Bashir and branded his questions ‘racist’.
The Bad Boy impresario was interviewed by Bashir for ABC News’ Nightline programme and was questioned about gifting his 16-year-old son Justin a $400,000 (259,672.81) Maybach car on his birthday.
The father of six told Vibe magazine that he thought such questioning was racist and that in hindsight ‘I shouldn’t had done the interview.’
He said: “The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question. You don’t ask white people what they buy their kids. And they buy ‘em Porsches and convertible Benteys and it ain’t no question.
“It’s really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way people still look at you. And I’m not saying that consciously he’s racist. But he probably don’t even realise that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like ‘Steve Jobs has that money and that’s the gift his kid is supposed to get.
Had he made the gags in a working man’s club, Martin Bashir might have got away with it. But in front of an audience of politically correct American journalists, Bashir, the broadcaster famous for his interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, never stood a chance.
Now Bashir has been forced into a humiliating apology over astonishing, sexist comments made during an after dinner speech to the Asian American Journalists Association.
TV interviewer Martin Bashir, famed for his chats with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, is reportedly suffering from a brain tumour.
The 45-year-old former Panorama presenter has a tumour growing on his pituitary gland but plans "to get on with his life".
The condition, being monitored by doctors, was found after he suffered a serious blow to the head last month.
On Tuesday’s edition of "Nightline," anchor Martin Bashir interviewed businessman Tom Monaghan, founder of a new Catholic university in Florida and also a community called Ave Maria that will be based around Catholic values. Bashir parroted criticism that the town has "been described as a Catholic Jonestown, a kind of Catholic Iran, where individual rights and liberties are curtailed."
Earlier in the segment, Bashir asserted that the community, which will encourage traditional values but be open to all, has "been called a Disney World for Catholics, a country club Christianity."
‘Nightline’ Ups the Star Power but Delivers Less Wattage
By Tom Shales Thursday, December 15, 2005; Page C01
ABC’s "Nightline" might as well be retitled "Night Light," but not because it’s illuminating. No. The late-night news program now is simply more about style than content, and the style isn’t all that special.
Despite three speakers, ‘Nightline’ lacks voice
*How a trio is replacing a Koppel.
By Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
They say “Goodnight, America” now at the end of “Nightline.” All three of the new anchors say it Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, Martin Bashir they trade off.
They also sometimes say: “Jimmy Kimmel is next.”
It is a symbolic if small shift in the post-Ted Koppel broadcast. Koppel, a guardian of the firewall between the news and entertainment divisions at his former network ABC, wouldn’t tease to Kimmel, just as he didn’t tease to “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher” in the years that Maher’s more compatible series followed “Nightline.”
After 25 years, Koppel signed off his last broadcast, Nov. 23, saying to viewers, “You’ve always been very nice to me, so give this new anchor team at ‘Nightline’ a fair break. If you don’t, the network will just put another comedy in this time slot. And then you’ll be sorry.”
Is two weeks a fair break? “Nightline,” a slicker-looking news package piloted from Times Square in New York, isn’t some end-of-the-world devolution from Koppel. But it’s just a respectable if slightly overheated news magazine now, well produced, with good bookings.
Faces of the week Last Updated: Friday, 21 May, 2004, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK MARTIN BASHIR The journalist who will always be remembered for his “Queen of Hearts” interview with Princess Diana is to take up a lucrative post with ABC’s 20/20 show. Will he continue to divide opinion as to his merits? A plum […]
Matthew Norman’s Media Diary 07 March 2005 – With Martin Bashir facing a possible contempt charge for refusing to answer questions in the Michael Jackson trial, this seems the moment to consider how he came to make the documentary that led directly to the Jackson prosecution. Several years ago, the journalist Jonathan Margolis was called […]