I was stunned by the taunting and unprofessional interview of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by Mike Wallace as shown on 60 Minutes. Mike Wallace interupted answers by the Iranian President and kept trying to present a perspective in the questioning IMHO. I am not a fan of Ahmadinejad but Wallace's interview was embarassing. What do you think?
Wallace's tone was condescending. His body language and hand motions were childish and disrespectful. Iranian TV needs only to show this to their people to demonstrate the rude and discounting behavior of "the Americans" towards their elected president. It is true that Ahmadinejad evaded questions by putting forward long explanations, but these should have been listened to and mined for clarification rather than dimissed as evasions and insisting on yes or no answers to what are obviously complex problems for the Iranian President.
Needless to say... Mike Wallace molded many bullets for the Bush war propaganda effort to put us in conflict with Iran. Iranian support of Hezbollah seems an insufficient reason to go to war with Iran and Wallaces's questions suggested that American war rhetoric against Iran is justified because they support Hezbollah.
60 Minutes needs to look at this interivew criticaly and think that they could have sent Ed bradley - an excellent journalist and interviewer. The reason I wrote this diary is I am was surprised by my reaction to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the interview techniques of Mike Wallace. Is it just me or was Mike Wallace an idiot.