Not long ago Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was considered a bellicose, fly off the handle, shoot from the hip and a border line crazy demagogue; well not anymore, certainly not after Mike Wallace’s recent “60 Minutes” interview.
It is ironic that one of Mahmoud’s comments directed at Mike Wallace was: “… I thought you had already retired …” May be he should have been, before the interview took place; and now I say, he must. It is time Mike for you to hang your shark teeth, they are biting into pap; whether by design or by happenstance they are not sharp anymore.
In today’s Op-Ed Boston Globe column, by Jeff Jacoby: “When Mike met Mahmoud” , Jeff writes about the “60 Minutes” interview and draws more of his own conclusions.
" A pity, Wallace must think, that America's president isn't more like Iran's -- that ``rather attractive man," as he gushed about the world's leading Holocaust denier last week, ``very smart, savvy, self-assured, good looking in a strange way . . . infinitely more rational than I had expected him to be."
That is exactly how Mahmoud came across after his latest “softball” interview. A plastered smile on his face, exuding all the charm of the snake charmer he is, charismatic, smart and intellectual, well versed and in command of his replies, always ready to answer (whether to the questions asked or his own rhetoric, is unimportant), displaying fluidity and always gracious to his interviewer.
What else did we expect? I believe Mike Wallace must have viewed and replayed the tape of the interview to convince himself that Mahmoud is really that person he just interviewed, or why else would he summarize and caption his words in such effusive terms; market share? Hardly, he already knew how many millions will be watching the first American to interview this newly elected Iranian despot.
I asserted in several of my earlier articles and I stress it again now; main media interviewers truly believe that the interview is an “end in itself”. Beyond that, it’s only market share. In the process they drop their guard, and lob softballs, what does it matter it is a “lock” anyway; so let’s keep the door open to get more of such opportunities, to make … more money?
What a shame, and what a sad note to end one’s career on.
Israel Bonan on 08.16.06 @ 04:16 PM CST [link]