August 15, 2006
Mike Wallace is a great journalist, but his Sunday night interview on “60 minutes” with Iranian President Ahmadinejad was a disaster.
Wallace asked too many softball questions and seemed more interested in ingratiating himself to the Iranian fanatic than in trying to get useful information from him.
In the two segments there was not a single religious question, though Ahmadinejad has said his views of the Koran are behind his domestic and foreign policies. He’s said he thinks the end of the world is rapidly approaching. Wallace didn’t ask him why. Neither did Wallace ask him about the 12th imam, the Islamic messiah, who Ahmadinejad says will arrive at the time of Armageddon, which he welcomes.
In his letter to President Bush, Ahmadinejad talked about Jesus Christ and how Bush should follow his teachings. Which ones and does the Iranian president believe Jesus was Jewish?
There were many more questions of this sort, but Wallace didn’t ask any of them. It was an incomplete interview and another blot on CBS News.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.