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60 Minutes Missed Opportunity

Andy544 Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 8:54 PM
The two major news outlets in the former Soviet Union were Izvestia ("the News") and Pravda (the "Truth"). Both were rigidly censored by the State commissars of the official media, and both newspapers were mere sounding boards for the official party line of the Communist Party. The humorous quip among the Russian people was, "There was no 'truth' in 'the News'; and no 'news' in the "Truth". Our Mainstream media is now pretty much in the same category.

In the days of the late Mike Wallace, "60 Minutes" was known for hard-hitting, aggressive journalism that asked the questions viewers wanted answered and held the powerful accountable.

The Jan. 27 program on which Steve Kroft interviewed President Obama (at his request, no less) and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell far short of that high standard. It was the kind of softball toss you might have expected if Oprah Winfrey or Barbara Walters had conducted the interview.

The president said of Clinton, "...a lot of the successes we've had internationally have been because of her hard work." Kroft should...