CBS's Kroft on Why Obama Does 60 Minutes: 'He Knows We're Not Going To Play Gotcha With Him'
CBS's Steve Kroft made a statement Monday that totally epitomizes liberal media bias in the modern era.
Speaking to CNN's Piers Morgan about his interview with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the previous evening's 60 Minutes, Kroft said the President likes doing his show because "he knows that we're not going to play gotcha with him" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
PIERS MORGAN, HOST: And joining me now is 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft. Steve, welcome to you.
STEVE KROFT, CBS NEWS: Thank you, Piers. Nice to be here.
MORGAN: I want to thank you for getting every single Obama interview that I’ve been trying to get in the last two years on CNN first of all.
KROFT: I’ve done a lot.
MORGAN: [Laughs]. Let me ask you at the top, why do you think he keeps coming to you? Because there’s two schools of thought. One is that you're the most brilliant, penetrating interviewer on American television, and the other one is that you give him a soft time, neither of which I suspect is entirely the true picture.
Actually, I imagine most right-thinking Americans believe Obama continues to do interviews with Kroft because he gives him “a soft time.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Kroft agrees:
STEVE KROFT: No, I think that first of all, I think he likes 60 Minutes. It’s, you know, we have a huge audience. We have a format that suits him. It's long. We can do twelve minutes or 24 minutes. We do a, you know, we do a good job of editing. And I’ve been doing these interviews with him since a few weeks before he declared his candidacy. So I covered him during the campaign and have kept doing it in the White House.
But I think it's a question of fairness. I, we have not, I think he knows that we're not going to play gotcha with him, that we're not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid, and we'll let him answer the questions.
So Kroft thinks his job is to not make the President look bad or stupid, and to ask questions that won't be perceived as "gotcha"?
Remember when 60 Minutes was a tough, hard-hitting program that backed guests against the wall in search of the truth?
I guess that's no longer the case, at least as far as the current White House resident is concerned. No wonder Obama likes doing this current iteration of gotcha-less 60 Minutes.
How proud the folks at CBS must be to know they've created an environment where the President of the United States feels comfortable coming on their network without any concern that he might be challenged and therefore look bad or stupid.
Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!