…unless the studio is on fire. You will look like a whining crybaby and your opponent gets free airtime to trash you.
The latest to learn this lesson is Simon Rosenberg, a former aide to President Clinton, who was paired with radio talk show host Ben Ferguson on Fox News today.
Fox anchor Shannon Bream did little to prevent her two guests from mugging each other in a conversation about Medicare. When Ferguson serially interrupted him, the frustrated Rosenberg shouted “Ben, shut up!”
The interview went down hill after that. At about the 1.30 minute mark in the clip below, Rosenberg decided to bail out — leaving the field free for his antagonist to mock him for running away when encountering someone who disagreed with him.
No matter how unpleasant an interview situation might be — if you are on live — stick it out. Smile, shake your head, make it clear that you are the lone adult in the conversation. But whatever you do don’t walk away.