Read this: Maria Shriver would rather interview herself, thank you
The worst people to interview are journalists. Because they know what you're up to -- and they know how to do it better. Witness Manuel Roig-Franzia's dance with soon-to-be-former California first lady Maria Shriver.
"Asking a question that Shriver doesn't want to answer can almost be interpreted as an act of aggression... [She] suggests some questions that would be proper to ask her... So I play along and ask all the questions that Shriver suggests."
This "ventriloquist-doll" interview works quite well -- in Shriver's opinion: "We're having a mind-meld," she tells Roig-Franzia, no hint of irony. The Kennedy scion bristles when her own official event photographer tries to, you know, do his job. ("'That's enough,' she snaps... [and] affects the demeanor of the besieged starlet ambushed outside a Los Angeles nightclub.") And the question she really doesn't want to answer: What's next for her?
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| November 2, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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