Remember when businesses and governments and thieves and liars used to tremble when they heard '60 Minutes' wanted to talk to them? That was long ago. Now, after the ridiculous Benghazi, Amazon, and NSA stories of the past few weeks, it's safe to say that nobody thinks of '60 Minutes' as a source of news or investigative journalism anymore. Now all those same people use the "newsmagazine" as an arm of their PR campaigns, requesting specific reporters to do puff pieces without a single challenging question for anybody. I think SNL should do a skit with Martin Short's Nathan Thurm character expecting to be grilled by '60 Minutes' but discovering, to his surprise, that the reporter is really there to congratulate him for getting away with his scheme. Here's the summary description of tonight's crazy stupid NSA advertisement. Note the neutral, serious, skeptical tone they strike:
How did 60 Minutes get its cameras into a spy agency?
"The line on the N.S.A. is it stands for Never Say Anything," said correspondent John Miller [the worst possible choice to do this interview if they were serious about this at all]. "So, the mechanics of saying to them, 'I've got an idea: Let's just have "60 Minutes" go through the place and talk to people we find interesting and film everybody at work'— took a lot of socializing for them."
Miller and producers Ira Rosen and Gabrielle Schonder were behind this week's 60 Minutes segment on the NSA. The story took viewers into top-secret areas of the NSA operations and revealed new information about how 29-year-old contractor Edward Snowden managed to steal an enormous cache of U.S. intelligence documents.
"This is an agency that really is under the gun," said 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen. "They have basically allowed this kid, who is now in Moscow with 1.7 million classified documents, to become the hero and they to become the villain."
Imagine the old team of reporters not asking about lying to Congress or violating the extremely NSA-friendly rulings of the FISA court, or why Snowden was allowed to get the documents in the first place (not to mention the fact that even today they/we still don't know what he took).