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"Good Morning America" had the big interview of the day Friday morning: Robin Roberts and Amanda Knox, talking about Thursday's murder conviction. Knox did her first live TV interview with Roberts last May, which preceded a Diane Sawyer special.
Last May, Knox was promoting her memoir, "Waiting to Be Heard," and at that time told Roberts, “I had to learn how to deal with it as I went through it. I was 20. I was in this foreign country. I barely spoke the language. And my friend was murdered.”
Friday morning's interview was certainly a sharp departure, in tone, demeanor and obviously context. Her voice quavering, her hair short, and her attitude defiant, here are just a few pull-quotes: "My first reaction was 'no' and 'this is wrong,' and I'm going to do everything I can to prove that it is and I felt very determined and my family felt very determined. But it was only on my way here that I got my first cry... This really has hit me like a train. I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before. How can they say it's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."
"I'm going to fight this until the very end. And it's not right and it's not fair. And I'm going to do everything I can." And this: She said she would not return "willingly" back to Italy.
Here's the interview, for those who missed (app readers, watch here: http://bit.ly/1a6MbrR. Unfortunately, this content is unavailable on mobile phones):
A week or so ago, Robin Roberts casually mentioned her girlfriend, Amber, in a Facebook post. Monday morning, the world finally got to meet this mysterious significant other, or at least briefly, via a photo of both Roberts and Amber Laign standing side by side at a relative's wedding. Of Amber, Roberts had this to say: She "loved me through a very difficult year."
The clip is below, and while the media may now treat this is a big so-what, it certainly is important and does beg some of those questions that often go begging at moments like this -- namely why now? Roberts has never exactly made a secret of her orientation, but it was never exactly spoken of in a public forum either.
There are certainly risks for public figures to come out as gay. As the recent Phil Robertson/A&E debacle established, there are those who are very vocal about their views about homosexuality. But she follows, at least in recent memory, Sam Champion and before him Anderson Cooper, who certainly haven't suffered career setbacks.
But why now as opposed to six months ago or a year from now? That's obviously for Roberts to answer -- maybe she will at some point.
Meanwhile, it's impossible to look upon anything that happens on "GMA" -- or "Today" for that matter -- in a vacuum. They remain bitter rivals who just this morning became a little more embittered, when "Today" announced yet another new initiative -- "Rise to Shine" -- that's a community outreach program but is clearly (also) part of new push to get viewers back and away from "GMA," with a tail wind from the Olympics which start in just 31 days.
Roberts' announcement should have no impact on that battle long-term -- but it certainly stole the initiative from "Today," which saw it's big "news" buried as a result.
Watch the "GMA" segment (click here to watch on a mobile device: http://bit.ly/1cHk8tj):
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