Originally Posted by Mike Johnson
We lined lee up late at night his time in IOM. We prepared the questions for the show while he was sleeping. Your suggestions arent real world logisitically possible. The story broke the same day we recorded the show which was in the middle of the night in europe.
Meh, don't sweat it.
Lee Jones said early on in his interview that a common answer will be "I don't know." (I recall one time he said "I'd rather not speculate" instead.) Under the circumstances, that's probably the best answer he can give to many of the questions we have right now.
Too often, interview and panel shows bring in experts to discuss some hot topic as it continues to unfold. Sooner or later, the interviewer/host will ask a question that simply cannot be answered at that point. Not wanting to look uninformed, said expert will reply with conjecture and speculation*. (That's on their better days. In most cases, you can replace "conjecture and speculation" with "says too much" and "talks out of his ass."**)
I don't necessarily HATE this practice, as conjecture and speculation is often the expert's role. But the audience will inevitably take this statement as hard fact, then hold it against the spokesperson or company or expert if events do not transpire exactly as guessed.
As for the notion of clearing a list of questions, I don't love that, either. Again, I'd rather you guys ask a question and have Lee reiterate that he or PokerStars don't know the answer right now, than to have you not ask the question at all and leave the NVG crowd to continue their guessing games.
Lee's interview was fine. Not exactly informative, and in that way, it still answered some of the questions I've had in the past few days. Sometimes the answer to the question really is "I don't know."
*For extra credit, look for the episode called "Why Is 'I Don't Know' So Hard To Say?" episode of Freakonomics Radio.
**See also Sebok, Joe. Sebok did not truly know the nature of UB while serving as its spokesman, but he gave assurances as if he knew for sure.
***I am now about to rival David Sklansky on the number of footnotes I put on the bottom of the page in a poker-related discussion.
****Also, I am not dismissive of the concerns in this thread, so much so that perhaps the photo on that banner should be of DF, not Lee Jones.