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Think of the media's daily disgust at President Trump's patting himself on the back. Then watch something like "60 Minutes" and find CBS aerobically praising its own genius and celebrating the career of its retiring correspondent Steve Kroft in an hourlong episode on Sept. 8. Not only did Lesley Stahl toast Kroft for his allegedly fascinating interviews and brilliant writing style but she also remembered that when he arrived 30 years ago, "giants roamed the halls."
CBS: a legend in its own mind.
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Nobody spent a second on how this show housed accused serial sexual harassers Charlie Rose and executive producer Jeff Fager. Only the legend is allowed.
When you retire from the coal mine or the meatpacking plant, you might get a cake, or a round of beers. At television networks, they air a pile of your video clips for the entire country to watch and suggest the world would be a dismal place without your amazing talents.
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Steve Kroft is best known for his scads of interviews with candidate and President Barack Obama. Even CBS acknowledged this. But it did not admit that Kroft's questions were typically soft-foam word pillows, starting with "Do you think the country's ready for a black president?" and "Did you play basketball on Super Tuesday?"
We did the math. Of the 49 Kroft questions in the first four CBS interviews during the 2008 presidential campaign, 42 were personal or horse-race questions. Only seven focused on issues — five on foreign policy and two on trade — with no real focus on any domestic issues. Kroft avoided every social issue from abortion to gay rights, every policy concern about taxes and spending, and even nationalization of the health care system.
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Kroft never focused a question on Obama's scandals before he was elected or his record in the Illinois legislature. There...
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