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Good news for Iranian PresidentÃ‚Â Ahmadinejad — that polyp that doctors found during his last colonoscopy turned out be Mike Wallace’s nose. Inoperable, but fortunately benign.
There was an utterly predictable and boring outcome when Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” interviewed Ahmadinejad, Yakov Smirnoff’s evil twin. As is the case with interviews with most despots, dictators, and political candidates, nothing was learned, much confirmed,Ã‚Â and ratings went up.
I say that the Wallace/Ahmadinejad interview was a love-fest not because of anything specific to that particular interview, but rather because it put on display what the mainstream media is all about when it comes to interviews: controlled brown-nosing. Getting an interview with a global figure, whether they’re evil (preferably if they’re evil) or not, is like going to a really cool party — if you don’t spill anything or say the wrong things, you may get invited back. Fingers crossed!
What should have been asked by Wallace? Powerline has postedÃ‚Â a few questions that Wallace forgot to ask. All relevant.
Powder-puff media chats with nut cases is a long-standing tradition. In 2003, Dan Rather went to Iraq, where he had hoped to stare evil straight in the face, but to his disappointment, Sean Penn had already left. While there, Rather interviewed Saddam Hussein, pre spider hole.
Some have criticized Rather for the wiffle-ball nature of his chat with Hussein, but we should at least acknowledge the dangers he faced. For example, while heading toward Baghdad for the interview, Rather was nearly killed in a head-on collision with a flock of fleeing “human shields.”
Wallace has blazed a trail to Iran before. Twenty-two years ago, Wallace chatted with Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini. This was, of course, beforeÃ‚Â psychotic mourners treated theÃ‚Â Ayatollah’s coffinÃ‚Â like a pinata on Cinco de Mayo.
This interview was tougher. When CBS was informed they had been granted the Ahmadinejad interview, they got to Iran and waited nearly a week before being allowed to see him. Iran’s Prez was clearly hoping that the Grim Reaper would tap the 88-year-old Wallace on the shoulder within that time, but it wasn’t to be. Mike Wallace’s turn signal may be stuck in the “on” position, but the car can still move fairly fast.
As it turns out,Ã‚Â agreeing to this interview isÃ‚Â one of the best things that Ahmadinejad could have done, as he came across like aÃ‚Â wildly liberalÃ‚Â university Professor of Widget Anthropology, and no doubt won over some friends on the left side of the aisle in the states — if there were any who weren’t already on his side.
Ahmadinejad said that Bush wants to solve everything with bombs, and that the U.S. blindly supports Israel. That sound you hear is Ahmadinejad’s blue-state approval rating surpassing Joe Lieberman, courtesy of Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes.
“If you could be a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”
Unrelated side note: If you missed my profiling column Monday at WorldNetDaily, it’s at The American Spectator today. Check outÃ‚Â “Profilers in discourage”.
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