Nicholas Kristof: A Twitterscript
by Anne Breckbill, associate web developer
On September 3, 2010, Krista interviewed New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for our show “Journalism and Compassion.” Following is the complete behind-the-glass Twitterscript of that conversation:
- Krista is interviewing NYT writer Nicholas Kristof right now: http://twitter.com/nickkristof We’ll be live tweeting for the next 90 mins.
- “Some of the biggest human rights issues have to do with society rather than with governments.”
- “People connect with stories that are positive and triumphant…People are turned off by unremitting despair.”
- Kristof on one of the counter-intuitive things he’s learned as a reporter: “…it turns out that victims lie, just as perpetrators lie.”
- “I want to understand what it is that drives some people to butcher children…what makes them tick.” — Nicholas Kristof on perpetrators
- “You can’t begin to address other human needs until you address security.” @NickKristof on what makes a difference in humanitarian crisis.
- “Helping people is a lot harder than it looks.”
- “Right now our views of Islam are so much shaped by its most venal elements.”
- “Tradeoffs are part of the human condition. We have to struggle and search for answers.” @NickKristof on the ideas of Isaiah Berlin.
- “Any kind of encounter with mortality…makes you conscious about what your own legacy will be.” @NickKristof on the death of his father.
- “Dad, all my friends go to vacation in France and Italy. Can’t we just go to a beach?” @NickKristof quoting his 12-year-old daughter.
- “As parents we not only want to read bedtime stores to our kids but we also want to model empathy, compassion, and engagement.”
- “For all of human history…people have lived in poverty. In this century we have the capacity to end extreme poverty.”