Peggy Noonan, the most mild-mannered maid in media, is a little late to the game commenting on last month’s 60 Minutes interview with President Obama and Hillary Clinton. But it’s pretty rough.
In the Wall Street Journal, Noonan somewhat arbitrarily compares the Super Bowl’s “God created a farmer” ad to the Obama-Clinton interview, conducted by 60 Minutes‘ Steve Kroft:
[The Kroft interview] didn’t remind us of a style or approach for which we feel nostalgia, but one about which we are feeling increased apprehension, and that is the mainstream media fawn-a-thon toward the current president.
The Kroft interview was a truly scandalous example of the genre. It was so soft, so dazzled, so supportive, so embarrassing. And it was that way from the beginning, when Mr. Kroft breathlessly noted, “The White House granted us 30 minutes.” Granted. Like kings. …
Throughout the president and the secretary sat closely, shoulder to shoulder, leaning into each other, nodding as the other spoke, praising each other in a way that praised themselves. I don’t blame them for doing propaganda—that’s what White Houses do. But it’s hard not blaming Mr. Kroft and “60 Minutes” for being part of it. …
The entire interview reminded me of an old radio insult: When an interviewer didn’t try to push and probe, didn’t even try to get the story, the resulting interview was called “soft as a sneaker full of puppy excrement.” No, they didn’t say excrement.
Clutch the pearls, Noonan. Full column here.