ABC Primetime - Mel Gibson's Passion
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However, the interview is also a testament to the media's incredible anti-Christian bias. Diane Sawyer did not even bother to veil her bias. The scowl on her face throughout the interview is shocking, considering journalists are supposed to be objective. It was clear she was furious with Gibson for "daring" to make a Christian film. (A true journalist, she is not. If one can decipher where a journalist falls on an issue, that journalist has absolutely failed his/her profession.) For that reason, I gave the DVD 4 stars instead of 5 stars.
Diane Sawyer also manages to give screen time to a funny-looking renegade former priest who does nothing but make a fool of himself. Why is this man qualified to speak and what does he have to do with the movie??? I'm sure Sawyer thought the fact that he's a priest (never mind that he's a FORMER priest), the fact that he makes offensive comments about Jesus Christ, and his criticizing the movie was enough to include this man in the interview. How low will Diane Sawyer sink? Moral of the story: claim that you're Christian, say some mean things about Jesus Christ, and you'll get screen time!!
Notice the incredibly antagonistic questions she throws at Gibson as compared to the soft-ball questions she throws at the movie's critics.
Overall, the interview will upset your fairness sensibilities but it's worth buying the DVD to listen to Gibson. I'm also looking forward to having this DVD around in future years when I want to recall what this controversy was about. What a hero Gibson is to have endured all this persecution, merely for making a movie about Jesus Christ that portrayed Him in (shock!) a positive light.
Hats off to you, Mel!
Diane Sawyer, go back to journalism school.
Didn't think so.
I learned a lot about Mel Gibson in this interview but I also learned a lot about Diane Sawyer and how completely out-of-touch and distrustful the network media is toward people of faith.
Since I doubt the forthcoming PASSION DVD will have this interview included (and it should), I'll pick it up. I think it's the perfect introduction to this film.
When your audience is deserting you in droves for cable and the internet, you've got to find a way to make extra cash, but the only selling point is Mel Gibson whose popularity is soaring as ABC and Gibson's interrogator, the obnoxious Diane Sawyer, slide into irrelevance.
Such hypocrisy is not surprising, nor is it a revelation that Diane Sawyer is an embarrassment to her profession. This aging fluff chick's anti-Christian bias is evident throughout, but she never comes close to ruffling Mel's feathers. Unlike Sawyer, the superstar actor/director has a solid belief system and is not likely to be intimidated into muzzling those beliefs to accomodate the infidels of modern Babylon.
Although Mel holds his ground and makes quite an impression, and Sawyer makes a bigger fool of herself than she usually does, I can't justify buying this. Anyone who wanted to add this interview to their video library could have taped it from TV. They weren't likely to miss it since it was hyped in the same hysterical fashion that is network TV's stock-in-trade. Besides, Gibson gave a more in-depth interview to ETWN, the Catholic cable network that let him speak his mind without trying to trip him up, as Sawyer does, with stupid, insulting questions. Buying this video only puts money in the pockets of Sawyer and ABC. I gave up on ABC and the other broadcast networks long ago. I'm not about to support them now.
Brian W. Fairbanks
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This interview brings out the deep conviction for producing a movie showing the truth of the Passion of Christ so that Christians and others will help understand what our God has... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aged Aerospace Engineer
Bought wrong item, thought I was buying movie and it turns out to be an interview of the movies director.Published 10 months ago by Martha Contreras
I don't own the DVD, but I saw the interview when it aired live. Although I hadn't been a particularly avid follower of Diane Sawyer, I had by no means ever been offended by her,... Read morePublished on November 25, 2005 by GreenGirl
I bought this DVD after watching the interview and give it a five because it is not only very entertaining seeing Gibson trounce Sawyer who comes off as arrogant and ignorant. Read morePublished on March 14, 2005 by Eric B. Borgman
First, the guy who ordered this thinking it was the "Passion" movie, you're an idiot. You got what you deserved for not paying attention. Read morePublished on July 19, 2004 by B. Rusk
Gibson did very little press for The Passion, with this being the much-hyped primetime ABC interview. Read morePublished on July 17, 2004 by Wesley Mullins
3 stars for Mel. Two knocked off-- one for Diane's obvious biasness and one for the network's biasness. Read morePublished on June 1, 2004 by dognoodle
This interview talks to heart of the believer in Christ. Secular or non-believing journalists see Christians as "weirdos" sometimes. Read morePublished on April 6, 2004 by Dan Blankenship
I don't have this dvd but I will buy more dvd if I can be given one to buy, now. I have a believe that , if I look at several times ,it will motivate my healing. Please help me. Read morePublished on April 4, 2004 by Eugene OtengTwenefor