Friday, December 09, 2005

Out of the Mouth of Gramps

Veteran investigative reporter Mike Wallace of "60 Minutes" fame was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe and didn't mince his words when asked what question he would like to ask Pres. Bush if he were given the opportunity.

With unusual candidness, Wallace said:

What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious. You didn't want to travel. You knew very little about the military...The governor of Texas doesn't have the kind of power that some governors have. . . Why do you think they nominated you? . . . Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?
Oh boy. I wonder what his son Chris, the "Fox News Sunday" host thinks of Big Daddy's language.

Wallace was more circumspect with his opinion of his son's employer. Of Fox and owner Roger Ailes he said:

Roger Ailes is a man I admire very much. He understood there was a market that was not being served. He was right.
Brilliant businessman, that Ailes, of course. Accentuate the positive, Mike, and ignore the underlying question in the question, for junior's sake.

"Well, my son [Chris Wallace] works for them. . . .," Wallace noted. And indeed he does.

I guess it keeps getting harder and harder to be a straight-up journalist and give a straight-up answer. And sure was refreshing to hear the voice of an old geezer tell it like it is when it comes to our bumbling, dardardly, craven president.

Fair and truthful, but not exactly balanced.

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