CBS’s 60 Minutes was historically a hard-hitting news show. This past weekend’s episode indicates it has lost its way, becoming just another part of the mainstream media fawning over President Obama.
On Sunday, 60 Minutes did a joint interview with President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Given the significance of international events that occurred during the President’s first term, it was an opportunity for the media to ask hard hitting and relevant questions. Instead, Obama and Clinton were served softball questions with the interview turning into a love-fest between the media and interviewees.
Criticism of the 60 Minute interview included even some of the more liberal commentators. Kirsten Powers, who previously worked for the Democratic Party and is a liberal, was particularly critical. As indicated in the video below, Ms. Powers made strong statements including:
- “… it really was something you would expect from like the state-run media…60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement”.
- “You look at it, and even, just not challenging basic things, like the President claiming that Hillary’s been a great Secretary of State in part because they have dismantled al Qaeda. Now, I’m sorry, it’s just, does anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the President not asked about Algeria, Mali?”
The entire discussion with Powers is included below for context.
It is scary that the current Administration is able to use the mainstream media for propaganda purposes. It is even scarier that the media is a willing participant.
MACCALLUM: Kirsten, a lot of criticism about this interview, that this was a real missed opportunity to have the President of the United States, the Secretary of State, both have guided the country in, you know, very tough economic times and international situations, and there was just no real questions.
POWERS: No, there wasn’t. I mean, it really was something you would expect from like the state-run media. You know, it was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned. First of all, 60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement, which, you know, if they’re okay with that, then okay but, I…
MACCALLUM: Why would they do this? They don’t have to do that? Why?
POWERS: Well, I can understand maybe agreeing to the interview, asking, letting them have like maybe one softball question in the beginning, and then move on to more important things. But the reality is, this was a joke. I mean it really was.
You look at it, and even, just not challenging basic things, like the President claiming that Hillary’s been a great Secretary of State in part because they have dismantled al Qaeda. Now, I’m sorry, it’s just, does anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the President not asked about Algeria, Mali?
MACCALLUM: So true.
POWERS: Libya? I mean, you know, these are in front and center in the news right now. And the next question after he says this is, “I have to ask you: what’s the date of expiration of this endorsement?”
POWERS: That’s his follow-up question to the President saying that al Qaeda has been dismantled.
MACCALLUM: That is a great point, Kirsten.
MACCALLUM: I mean, they’re going to catch heat for this for some time…
CARLSON: He’s like kryptonite for them.
MACCALLUM: …I mean, from all quarters. Kirsten just called it propaganda, on 60 minutes interview with the president, propaganda.
CARLSON: They melt with Obama for some reason.
POWERS: Well, also Martha, the other thing is that probably the first half of the interview, it’s just old news. We already know how the Secretary of State was chosen. We already know about the back and forth. This already has been reported on. This is not new information like he was getting new insight into how this came about and how they got over their relationship. I mean, it really was just a campaign endorsement.