Friday, August 11, 2006

Wallace-Ahmadinejad Video Clip

One brief clip of the Wallace interview with Ahmadinejad has been released on And, they've only released the same image of the interview that was available yesterday, except now with the 60 minutes logo embossed on it.

The Saccharinist's initial reactions (based on a less than one minute video clip) are that Wallace's interviewing style is typical of Western journalists: they become celebrity-autograph-seekers when presented with the chance to interview one of their own leaders, always failing to ask the "tough questions" or even the "hardly tough just reasonable questions," and when it comes to non-Western leaders their questions inevitably involve repeated references to the danger that leader's nation poses to the safety of the American public.

The great thing about this clip, and I can only assume the rest of the interview, based on newly released gushes by Wallace about Ahmadinejad (see below), is that Ahmadinejad, calmly and with authority, identifies these moments of Western journalistic practice (if you will), and cleanly brushes them off.

Wallace continues to be impressed it seems: "He's actually, in a strange way, he's a rather attractive man, very smart, savvy, self-assured, good looking in a strange way," Wallace said. "He's very, very short but he's comfortable in his own skin."

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