Ed Driscoll

CBS: Asking The Tough Questions, So You Don't Have To

In the bold tradition of former CBS anchorman Dan Rather cooing to Saddam Hussein, Mike Wallace of CBS meets Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to whisper sweet nothings in his ear at a mutual love-in:

Of Ahmadinejad, Wallace said, “He’s an impressive fellow, this guy. He really is. He’s obviously smart as hell.”

Wallace said he was surprised to find that the Iranian president was still a college professor who taught a graduate-level course.

“You’ll find him an interesting man,” he said. “I expected more of a firebrand. I don’t think he has the slightest doubt about how he feels … about the American administration and the Zionist state. He comes across as more rational than I had expected.”

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“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.”

As John Hinderaker writes, “What is this, a Tiger Beat interview?” Did Wallace ask Ahmadinejad to “be good to us”, as Barbara Walters once said on-camera to a newly-elected Jimmy Carter?

The real “tell” from Wallace, as “Cardinalpark” of TigerHawk notes, is this:

What I found most shocking wasn