The three former U.S. hostages held by Marxists rebels in Colombia chose Robin Meade of Headline News for their first network television interview because they thought she was an “honorable” reporter who wouldn’t “ambush” them or turn their ordeal “into a show or spectacle.”
According to a transcript of an unaired part of the interview, former hostages Keith Stansell and Marc Gonsalves wanted Meade to understand why they had accepted her request and how they hoped the interview would go.
Stansell: We don’t want a circus. This is our lives. Please respect what this man went through and …
Meade: What you’ve been through. Yes.
Gonsalves: And with you specifically, we wanted to talk to somebody that we could trust that wouldn’t ambush us.
Stansell: That has shown respect for what’s going on in the military and interests and you’re…
Gonsalves: So we made a decision, I just want you to know, looking at all these different e-mails and offers wanting to interview us. And that we chose you because we thought you are a noble person that do your job in an honorable fashion. And we just want to be straight. We don’t want to be turned into a show or a spectacle.
Meade’s interview with the former hostages was first aired Friday morning. Headline News will rebroadcast it at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. CNN will air it Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 p.m.