I am glad to see a respected publication finally call-out 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft for his softball interview of President Obama last Sunday. This is Kroft’s third interview for 60 Minutes with Obama since his election. The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf exposes Kroft over the “superficial toughness” of his questions that let Obama easily maneuver through them.
The precedent was set back in 1992. During the Democrat primary race, a woman named Jennifer Flowers revealed she had a long affair with the former Governor of Arkansas, William Jefferson Clinton. With his campaign in trouble, Clinton needed to get this story off the front pages. So Bill and Hillary went to 60 Minutes for a sit-down interview where he denied a “12-year affair” as “not true”. The interviewer back then was Steve Kroft.
Six years after this story ran on 60 Minutes, Bill Clinton had to admit under oath that he did have an affair with Ms. Flowers.
Either Steve Kroft is a tool being used by Obama and the Democrats, or he is an avid supporter who wants to help them succeed. Either way, it doesn’t look like the tough journalism that 60 Minutes had a reputation for.