This post by Amarji (disclaimer: some rather harsh language) sums up my feelings on the Diane Sawyer interview.

Why in the name of all that is holy must we kiss the ass of leaders of regimes that are obviously our enemy, but if we sit down with John McCain or Karl Rove we feel the need to grill them.

It boggles the mind to watch our most high-profile journalists act so deferential to the likes of Castro, Saddam Hussein, and Ahmadinejad, and now al-Assad. I personally don’t care what is on this guy’s IPod, but do care why he’s continues to support terrorism against Iraqis and Americans. At least ask the questions, Diane. It’s not too much of us to expect you to at least ask the tough questions…is it?

Addendum: And if you look at the transcript it is exasperating to listen to Diane Sawyer always talk about “the Americans” in the third person. Never would she lump herself into that rabble. Is she Canadian?

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3 thoughts on “Soft-ball

  • Very interesting blog. I will be sure to visit again.

    Good post on the Assad interview, by the way. I agree that reporters need to ask foreign leaders tough questions…I’m not quite sure why Sawyer chose not to.

  • Sure, they lionize these guys. Al-Assad is really not that bad, relatively speaking. But not a question about Lebanon, or Israel.

    Interesting he answered “Moses, Jesus, Mohammed”. Damascus used to be roughly 1/3 Jewish, 1/3 Christian, 1/3 Muslim. Thanks to declining birth rates among Christians and mass exodus of Jews to Israel/NYC, it is mostly Muslim now. Many of the Christians are immigrating to Europe as well. The media often make Syria or Lebanon look worse off than they are, but it is sad to see this formerly metropolitan state become another Islamic one. Al-Assad can only stall the eventual outcome.

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