Diane Sawyer: Interviewing Children ‘Can be Scary Because They See Straight Through You’

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By Jordan Chariton Comment

Diane Sawyer on Fusion“World News” anchor Diane Sawyer dropped in on the new ABC/Univision network Fusion earlier this week, appearing on “America with Jorge Ramos.” The two anchors — who go head to head on the evening news on their respective networks, albeit in different languages — talked about gun control, the changing media landscape, and how Sawyer prepares for interviews with children.

As the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre approaches, Sawyer talked about children’s access to guns, highlighting the age children are most likely to shoot themselves with a gun at home: “three years old,” she said. The veteran anchor also stressed the importance of finding areas of agreement on the hotbed gun issue.

Ramos asked Sawyer how she approaches interviews with young children differently, with Sawyer acknowledging that “children can be very scary because they see straight through you,” as “they’re dealing in a purer kind of dialogue.”

The two also touched on new media, where Sawyer points to digital media as a catalyst forcing new ways of thinking among traditional journalists.

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