E-Mail to Hillary Assures Her State Dept. 'Planted' Questions With CBS

October 3rd, 2015 2:02 PM
Adjectives matter in politics. The latest release of Hillary Clinton e-mails produced a little embarrassment for CBS News. State Department public-relations chief P.J. Crowley assured Secretary of State Clinton in 2011 that they successfully “planted” questions and suggestions for experts to "balance" a 60 Minutes interview segment by Steve Kroft with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Soundbite of the Week: Soviets Feared ‘Reagan, AIDS and Jews’

May 16th, 2015 10:24 PM
“There’s three things I tell people that the Russians were afraid of: AIDS, Jewish people and Ronald Reagan.”Question: “In that order?” Reply: “I think Ronald Reagan took the top spot. They thought he would push the button.” One more reason to love Reagan.

Steve Kroft Upset Over Getting 60 Minutes Treatment

April 11th, 2015 7:58 PM
"How do you live with yourself?" Probably about as well as those many 60 Minutes reporters over the years who conducted numerous ambush interviews. What 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft didn't like was that he was on the receiving end of an interview on the fly by a New York Post reporter. Call it karmatic kickback but it all started back in January when it was revealed that Steve Kroft had…

Steve Kroft Denies Only One Revealing Charge Amid Adultery Allegations

January 10th, 2015 9:48 AM
There was a shocking report this week about adultery allegations against Steve Kroft. Through a spokeswoman Kroft only denied one charge which was actually the most believable part of the story.  

‘60 Minutes’: U.S. Must Raise Taxes by ‘Hundreds of Billions’

November 24th, 2014 4:56 PM
The Obama administration has already wasted nearly $1 trillion of stimulus money that was supposed to go toward “shovel ready” construction projects and create millions of jobs. Now special interest says it needs “hundreds of billions of dollars” more to prevent an infrastructure catastrophe. CBS’s “60 Minutes” claimed in a segment on Nov. 23 that the federal government needed to increase taxes…

CBS Tougher On 'Bridgegate' Than Obama Blaming Intel For ISIS Growth

October 1st, 2014 10:07 AM
Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) sat down with Gayle King for an interview that aired on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning and was met with a barrage of questions over his handling of the “Bridgegate” scandal of 2013. While King accused the New Jersey Governor of blaming others for “Bridgegate,” her colleague Steve Kroft lobbed numerous softball at President Obama during their interview on Sunday’s 60…

'60 Minutes' Audience Craters For Obama Interview

September 30th, 2014 2:37 PM
Steve Kroft's interview of Barack Obama was the focus of this past Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" on CBS. It has become noteworthy primarily because of Obama's statement that U.S. intelligence agencies "underestimated what had been taking place in Syria." As several previous NewsBusters posts have shown (examples here, here, here, and here), the press is working mightily to minimize how the…

Ron Fournier on Obama's CBS Interview: 'I, Me, My, It's Their Fault'

September 28th, 2014 11:10 PM
National Journal’s Ron Fournier was apparently among those who endured President Obama's appearance on "60 Minutes" this evening. Fournier was able to succinctly summarize the contents of Obama's interview with Steve Kroft, the network's designated softball pitcher, in a tweet appearing shortly after its conclusion (HT Twitchy):

CBS's Steve Kroft in Iran: 'We Didn't Talk to Anybody Who Believes The

May 16th, 2014 10:40 AM
Returning from a trip to Iran for an upcoming 60 Minutes story on the authoritarian regime, correspondent Steve Kroft appeared on Friday's CBS This Morning to preview the piece and made an observation about the nation's nuclear weapons program: "...they're convinced that they're not building a bomb. They don't believe – we didn't talk to anybody who believes they're building a bomb. That the…

Bozell Column: Unaccountable Hillary Clinton

January 23rd, 2014 11:22 PM
CNN anchor Jake Tapper blandly admitted the obvious in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. The same reporters that insist their former GOP favorite Chris Christie is ruined for 2016 by traffic jams on a bridge are letting Hillary Clinton skate for embassy-security neglect that led to four dead government employees at Benghazi. Why would so-called watchdogs of government…

Bozell Column: '60 Minutes,' Tool of the State

December 24th, 2013 10:18 PM
The New York Times published an unintentionally humorous headline on December 23:  “When ‘60 Minutes’ Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door.” Times media columnist David Carr is suddenly stunned that “60 Minutes” has aired a puff piece on a serious political matter.         In his article, Carr didn’t breathe a word about Steve Kroft’s long history of servile interviews with Barack…

CBS Gives Socialist Bernie Sanders A Platform to Bash Deficit Hawk

November 25th, 2013 4:56 PM
On Sunday's 60 Minutes, CBS's Steve Kroft boosted the agenda of Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-identified socialist, by granting him 30 seconds of air time to attack billionaire Pete Peterson, who was featured on the November 17, 2013 edition of the news program. However, this half-minute block was 2.5 times the amount that Peterson got during Charlie Rose's report [MP3 audio available here;…

Thom Hartmann Hates Insider Trading by Politicians, Except Pelosi

June 18th, 2013 3:25 PM
As timing would have it, my 12-year-old daughter read Orwell's "Animal Farm" for school just before I encountered an eerily similar human version of one of its characters. Do you remember Squealer, the propagandist for the pigs who ran the farm after the animals seized control of the property? He was described as "a brilliant talker" who when arguing "had a way of skipping from side to side…

Author: Obama Asked for Softball '60 Minutes' Interview with Hillary t

June 3rd, 2013 10:49 PM
The New York Post offered an op-ed on Monday adapted from the new paperback edition of Ed Klein's book The Amateur. Klein says Team Obama and Team Clinton made a deal last summer: Bill Clinton would give the key nominating speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte endorsing Obama. In exchange, Obama would endorse Hillary Clinton as his successor. But after he won his second term, Obama…