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60 Minutes Missed Opportunity

Robert160 Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 10:27 AM
Now, here is how you handle 60 minutes, Steve Kroft asks you to sit for an interview, you ask how long is the segment going to air? They say, 22 minutes less commercials, or 18 minutes total. Fine you say, and show up at the studio for your interview. You wait until they are completely set up with cameras, lighting, sound equipment, producers, makeup people.etc...Kroft sits down, you exchange pleasantries, and then as Kroft begins, you say, "you have 18 minutes so make it good!" "But we usually shoot for 4 hours of tape", he pleads. "Not today, " you tell him, "take it or leave it!"

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...