There is never anything “good” about a situation like the one the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee currently find themselves mired in. But having as seasoned an on-camera person as Lisa Ling to plead your case is definitely a big plus.
What was most striking about the Monday, June 1st appearances on @kingsthings and @todayshow of Lisa Ling, parents Doug and Mary, Laura‘s husband Iain Clayton and Euna‘s spouse Michael Saldate was the composure, articulateness and clear-eyed presence of Laura Ling’s older sister. Especially when you consider that she, as did they, needed at all times to avoid saying anything that could be interpreted as offensive by the North Korean government.
Whether it was describing the Tuesday, May 26th 11 p.m. PT phone call that came in out of the blue from North Korea, the way she and Laura have always managed to keep in daily contact even from their respective foreign assignment locations, or the families’ profusely apologetic message for anyone watching from the peninsula, Ling never wavered. At one point on Larry King Live, Ling was very briefly overcome while listening to her mother, at which point Larry King said it would be strange if she didn’t express such emotion.
Even during her sit-down interview with @BobWoodruff for @nightline, despite the slightly more evident stress of a two-day back-and-forth L.A.-to-New York media blitz during which Euna Lee’s four-year-old daughter began to grasp the seriousness of the situation, Ling reported on herself with grace, eloquence and power. No doubt the live 6:45 p.m. PT broadcast by @andersoncooper from a June 3rd vigil in Santa Monica will bring more of the same.