SOUTH BEND, Ind. — On Thursday night, Manti Te’o met with Katie Couric in an exclusive interview on her syndicated show “Katie”. It was really difficult to understand why Te’o would want to put himself up to more scrutiny. However, Te’o really desires to clear his name. This show with Katie Couric was surreal.
Katie Couric clearly felt the need to grill Manti Te’o in this situation. A journalist feels a responsibility to get the trust from a person who could be lying to the public. Couric asked everything that has been questioned in this fiasco including his sexuality. Her delivery was quite condescending and sensationalized.
“I can’t imagine Oprah Winfery talking to him like this,” said one viewer told me in reference to the interview from Thursday afternoon.
More importantly, Manti Te’o appeared to win over another journalist with convincing answers. It cannot be said that he was not foolish. But, he made a mistake that is happening to more and more people. The best quote of the interview was this:
“I think for me the only thing I basked in was that I had an impact on people, that people turned to me and for inspiration and I think that was the only thing I focused on. You know my story I felt was a guy who in times of hardship and in times of trial really held strong to his faith, held strong to his family and I felt that that was my story.”
Everyone outside the college football world wants to judge Manti Te’o. They want to believe that it cannot happen to them. Katie Couric’s questioning and inability to try to understand bare this out. Manti Te’o was a victim for doing the right thing, being a good person and trying to reach out to someone who “needed” help.