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‘60 Minutes’ Probes Anti-U.S. Iranian President

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Posted on Aug 16, 2006

Iran’s leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, railed against America’s “blind” support for Israel in a wide-ranging interview by Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes.”

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By nsweeney, March 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment
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I am absolutely fascinated by the thinking of people.The critique of Wallace is probably justifiable. But to reason Ahmadinejad is somehow “better informed” is laughable. Let’s try to stick to the facts. Ahmadinejad is a puppet of the religious leaders in the country. He is no more a person of intellect or reason that Hitler was. His statements about the holocost never taking place makes him at best insane but at the least ignorant. He has followed the wisdom of believing by saying stupid things enough, then some people will believe they are true.

My hope is he will change his way soon. He should also pray McCain doesn’t get elected. A real military man will not respond well to the ridiculous threats of a third world nation. The military in the hands of a military man will not be good for Iran.

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By Angie, August 17, 2006 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment
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I watched this the other night and about halfway through the interview I realized that Mike Wallace was in over his head. I’ve never really cared for him, but thought he was smarter than he showed himself to be here. Ahmadinejad was more relaxed, better informed and more open-minded than Wallace seemed to want him to appear.

With that goofy grin he sported almost continually,  Wallace looked like a rooky; a debutante. He should have retired before doing this interview. It was, put simply, bloody awful!

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By alejandro, August 16, 2006 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with Spinoza. Boy, I was embarassed beyond belief. What arrogance; The Irainian President was not on trial so why the interogation. Mike Wallace showed his ass in what was suposed to be an interview. To his credit the President refused to be drawn into a diatribe with Wallace. What I saw was a man trying to define a position as well as explain the cultural components to his countrys policies to a cluless idiot. What a missed opportunity for dialog and understanding. All I can say is,
I really can’t find the words.

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By Ted Buila, August 16, 2006 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment
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Mike has had better days.  The fact trhat he managed to pull together an interview/CBS broadcast it (with Pres Ahmadinejad) is more of a tribute to Ahmadinejad than Wallace.  Sorry Mike.

The cheap end questions (eg “keys to heaven” + “Iranian economy” + “18 page letter”) suggest, at least to me, that Wallace’s agenda was not journalism but a CBS-Wallace exercise in red baiting.

Unfortunately (for us) such is/has been the growing case with our media starting about the time that John W. Vandercook was pushed from NBC in the 40s. 

Sorry if that dates me for the younger readers/no offense..that’s the way I remember things.

CBS (and Wallace) were (perhaps are still) capable of better…but that was a long long time ago…and one of the reasons that it is only by accident that I bump into the show these days.

It’s of no small importance that a chap with the background of Ahmadinejad can hold his own/better one of the best media journalists the US has.

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By Spinoza, August 16, 2006 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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What is wrong with the mentality of Americans?  They are utterly sick,

This program and Mike Wallace are disgusting. Shame on the USA.

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