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Lindsay Lohan: The Voice of Reason?

What a world we live in when Lindsay Lohan is the Hollywood celebrity sounding sane in a television interview.

The usually troubled starlet sits down with Extra tonight and tomorrow to talk about the need to rebuild trust and prove she’s “insurable again” in order to get back to work.

Meanwhile, this exists.

Today, the NY Times’ Alessandra Stanley analyzed the TV interview compulsion, citing Charlie Sheen, Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, John Edwards, and others who use the platform as a “a One Step program to persuade themselves of their own powers of persuasion.” (Oh speaking of, there’s also this.)

While these are some of the train wrecks, there have been a couple of recent examples of people who have used a TV interview effectively. Two of our choices: Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed, who came out to defend the company against a class action lawsuit; and Janet Jackson, who recently sat down with NBC’s Meredith Vieira. Ostensibly Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty) was doing the interview to sell her books, but she also talked about her life and career, which has had some strange twists and turns. She seemed more relatable.

Share your thoughts on who you think has successfully used a TV interview in the comments and on @PRNewser.

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