More Insight From Frontline Source Interviews

PBS Frontline’s Transparency Project, which publishes Frontline documentary source interviews, contains more than 300 interactive interviews.

Over the past few months I’ve helped add source interviews from two more documentaries: President Biden and Trump’s American Carnage.

Now that the library of source interviews is substantial, it’s getting interesting.

President Biden draws on 30 source interviews, but, given the subject, it’s no surprise that more than half of those were existing interviews done during the reporting for The Choice 2020.

Trump’s American Carnage, which began production after the mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and aired 20 days later, included material from a dozen new interviews, but also drew on 20 interviews from the archive.

Here are some poignant quotes from a couple of those new Trump’s American Carnage interviews.
Click the name below each quote to see the quote in the full context of the source interview:

Here’s Olivia Troy, former national security advisor for Vice President Mike Pence, talking about the St. John’s Church photo op incident of June 1, 2020:

But I can’t tell you what it was like to be cleared out of the White House and told I needed to leave immediately, and be very confused as a Homeland Security adviser, trying to figure out what threat stream I missed.
Olivia Troy

And here are a couple of different insights about the insurrection:

It was upsetting and horrifying, but I had been concerned for weeks prior to the day that this would happen.
Olivia Troy

They were—when that mob mentality takes over, they were not really thinking like humans anymore; they were thinking like people in a mob. And then you take them out of the mob, and they could talk to you calmly. But then you put them back into the mob, and they would take a fire extinguisher and hit someone over the head.
Lisa Desjardins, PBS NewsHour Correspondent