Brent Bozell
The New York Times published an unintentionally humorous headline on Dec. 23: "When '60 Minutes' Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door." The Times media columnist David Carr is suddenly stunned that "60 Minutes" has aired a puff piece on a serious political matter.

In his article, Carr doesn't breathe a word about Steve Kroft's long history of servile interviews with President Barack Obama, the most recent one in January when, at the president's request, he threw softballs at both Obama and Hillary Clinton. Carr's never written about Kroft.

Carr sees "60 Minutes" as a "journalistic treasure" because it's a rabble-rousing leftist outfit: "For more than four decades, the program has exposed CIA abuses, rogue military contractors and hundreds of corporate villains." So he was upset about the Dec. 15 "60 Minutes," which aired an interview with Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency. He wrote that "it was hard to watch the NSA segment and not wonder who was minding the store."

The interviewer in this case was CBS's John Miller, who Carr suggested was too close to the subject: "Mr. Miller is a former high-ranking official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a former spokesman of the FBI whose worldview is built on going after bad guys and keeping the rest of us safe."

This must be opposed to the worldview of The New York Times -- which is based on being obsessively concerned with the civil liberties of the bad guys at the expense of our safety.

Any critic could watch the NSA segment and see it for what it is: a forum to allow the NSA boss to make his case for its surveillance programs. What's wrong with that? If this is inappropriate, then why did Carr not condemn the Dec. 22 "60 Minutes," which carried a Lesley Stahl softball profile of national security adviser Susan Rice, who is our "whip-smart ... quarterback of American foreign policy."

Stahl puffed up Rice and her "reputation" as an "idealist" who "ran into a Benghazi buzzsaw." Rice was "swept up into the dispute" over Benghazi. Rice the "idealist" didn't lie on five Sunday news interviews. Stahl insisted "a former senior intelligence official told us that the talking point that the Benghazi attack was spontaneous was precisely what classified intelligence reports said at the time."


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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