60 Minutes Viewers Blast Swoon Journalist Kroft for Lovefest Interview of Obama and Hillary
So who has cuter dimples? Swoon Journalist Steve Kroft or Mario Lopez?
It's a reasonable question to ask because the Extra host's interviews of celebs like Angelina and Brad couldn't have been any more of a puff piece than Kroft's starry-eyed interview of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday's 60 Minutes. A half hour of softballs were gently served up by Kroft who acted as if he were overjoyed to just bask in the glow of his interviewees who ate up almost all the time praising each other. Oh, there was the obligatory question that Kroft was almost required to ask about Benghazi but it was delivered in such a manner as to be easily deflected by Hillary before the interview returned to full empty calorie cotton candy mode.
Although watching a half hour of Obama and Hillary telling a smiling Steve Kroft how much they liked each other made for deadly dull television, the best part of the interview was reading the viewer comments at the 60 Minutes website. The comments ranged from complete outrage to hilarious sarcasm, many of which you can see below.
So what was the "controversial" Benghazi question that Kroft almost apologetically asked of Hillary deep into the interview? Here goes:
Steve Kroft: You said during the hearings, I mean, you've accepted responsibility. You've accepted the very critical findings of Admiral Mullen and Ambassador Pickering. As the New York Times put it, you accepted responsibility, but not blame. Do you feel guilty in any way, in-- at a personal level? Do you blame yourself that you didn't know or that you should have known?
This was easily deflected by Hillary with a typical non-answer before the interview returned to full swoon with these types of questions and answers:
Steve Kroft: How would you characterize your relationship right now?
President Obama: I consider Hillary a strong friend.
Secretary Clinton: I mean, very warm, close. I think there's a sense of understanding that, you know, sometimes doesn't even take words because we have similar views. We have similar experiences that I think provide a bond that may seem unlikely to some, but has been really at a core of our relationship over the last four years.
If you watched this interview it was a half hour of powder puff wasted time that you will never get back. The fringe benefit, however, was the often hilarious viewer comments on the interview. Here are several examples:
Steve Kroft surrenders his role as a journalist and has become a paparazzi fawning over Beiber.
Next time, do not have a liberal interview two other liberals. It makes for boring TV. For example, before ever broaching Benghazi, they decided to get the more important stuff out of the way first, i.e. their feelings and Hilary's state of health.
What an Obama and Clinton love fest. Thanks Steve for nothing.....What a let down. So many important things going on in this world, and this is what we got?????..
This was not an interview, it was an ad for the Hillary for President campaign.
Tonight's show was DULL, now it seems the president can just call up and get a free political commercial.
This is pathetic, why don't you just put them in the backseat of a 57' chevy and let them steam up the windows
I had no idea that Steve Kroft is part of the obama administration. Who wrote these questions, axelrod?
An oyster on a half-shell could have done better than Steve Kroft. Journalistic FAIL. The mainstream media has failed the American people.
This interview was a love-fest. These were not softballs - these were marshmallows.
Did Steve's arm get tired from all of the softballs he threw!!??
The mutual licking was so loud it could be heard around the world. In a word, discusting!!!!! Soundeded like the interviews Putin gets in Russia.
The upside of this interview for Steve Kroft is that it has positioned him as a strong contender for the highly competitive award of Swoon Journalist of the Year.