Cbs Attacked For Airing Interview With Iranian President
The CBS Public Eye blog said Thursday that the network has been deluged with complaints about Mike Wallace's scheduled interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad due to air Sunday on 60 Minutes. A typical complaint, it indicated, was this one: "What is it with CBS? First Saddam Hussein, now this creep! Don't you guys have any allegiance to America anymore? Goodness, it is where you got your start and where your world headquarters are. I'm switching to Fox." Another wrote: "Mike Wallace you should be ashamed of yourself! You should remember that Iran is part of the Axis of Evil. How dare you interview Iranian President. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the ENEMY." The CBS blog indicated that it had received a few congratulatory messages, like this one: "The administration's policy of attacking anyone who states a truth different from theirs is anti-democracy, anti-America. It takes courage to stand up to the mindless hate and hysteria that is being engendered by our power hungry leaders." Commenting on the messages, Vaughn Vergers, who runs the CBS blog, observed: "The media's job is to present information, the journalist's job is to ask the questions, the audience's job is to judge the answers."