Audio: Mike on Mahmoud

posted at 3:17 am on August 11, 2006 by Ian

CBS newsman Mike Wallace talked up his Sunday CBS “60 Minutes” sitdown with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Sean Hannity radio show Thursday evening. Anderson Cooper’s one-on-one with Angelina Jolie looks like a grilling compared to the preview Wallace offered of his softball interview with Ahmadinejad. A few excerpts (hat tip and thanks: Independent Conservative):

Partial transcript:

Hannity: Let’s start with your general impressions…

Wallace: He’s smart, savvy, self-assured, self-righteous. He was much more impressive as an individual than I expected him to be. I expected him to be probably a kind of firebrand. On the contrary he listened to questions, he batted some of the way…

Wallace: (Re. statements on wiping Israel off the map). He has interesting answers for all of that and he’s happy to entertain a discussion.

Hannity: You don’t think he’s an anti-Semite?

Wallace: Anti-Jew? No, no I don’t…

More:

Wallace: I ask you to bring not prejudice, not your own beliefs or prejudices, when you watch him…

Hannity: Mike, I believe you are going to be hammered for your statements.

Wallace: Oh, I have not the slightest doubt that I’m going to be hammered.

***

Brent Baker of Newsbusters goes back in time with “Mike Wallace: Journalist First, American Second.”

John at Wuzzadem spoofs.

Wallace lets the love flow in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

“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.”

Despite problems with translation — there was only one translator for a time during the interview — Wallace said Ahmadinejad was patient.

“He couldn’t have been more accomodating. He had a good time doing the interview,” Wallace said. And he believes that it was Ahmadinejad’s idea to do the interview. He acknowledged that he had become a much-desired interview subject but told the veteran CBS journalist that he remembered a discussion the two had over a year ago when Ahmadinejad was in New York.

“I don’t know if you remember this or not but you and I had a talk over breakfast at the United Nations,” Ahmadinejad told Wallace. “Do you remember that you asked me at the time if I would sit down with you … and I said by all means, let’s do it.” Wallace said he was surprised that Ahmadinejad had remembered.

Wall-to-wall Ahmadinejad at CBSNews.com.

Flashback: Mike Wallace has “lost it” (says his son).

Flashback: Meatloaf Mike arrested.

Flashback: The bias of Mike Wallace.


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I remember Dan Rather interviewing Saddam Hussein shortly before Iraqi Freedom got underway to liberate Iraq. Maybe this interview is a ‘sign’ that the time has come to take care of the Iranian ‘president’ and their mullahs with an ‘Iranian Freedom’ mission.

olympian2008 on August 11, 2006 at 4:29 AM

The MSM’s seemingly automatic sympathy – even admiration – for any lunatic tyrant who hates the USA and Bush can only be understood as a serious, debilitating mental illness, a suicide of the soul. One shudders to think how the MSM would’ve spun Hitler, though we now know exactly what they would’ve done.

Halley on August 11, 2006 at 5:26 AM

I pray that Wallace is too old to get a woody anymore. He shouldn’t be allowed that pleasure.

venmax on August 11, 2006 at 6:54 AM

A MSM member sucking up to an America hating Muslim? Nothing new there.

DannoJyd on August 11, 2006 at 7:29 AM

Does this reek of bias, or is it me. From the Washington Times

As part of an effort to label Democrats as less qualified to protect Americans, Mr. Bush said the foiled plot is a “stark reminder” that “the nation is at war with Islamic fascists” and that his administration has “given our officials the tools they need” to fight it.

I expect better from the WT. How transparent the President has become. [sarchasm]

DannoJyd on August 11, 2006 at 7:35 AM

…his softball interview with Ahmadinejad.

Softball? More like soft-core.

Kid from Brooklyn on August 11, 2006 at 8:35 AM

Halley: The media missed their chance to spin Hitler, but they sure have hell made up for it since then haven’t they?

Khyber Pass on August 11, 2006 at 8:36 AM

“…actually, in a strange way, he’s a rather attractive man…”

Call me homophobic, but I find that statement a little off-putting when anytime one guy says it about another, but said about a homicidal dictator?

Wallace has lost it.

frankj on August 11, 2006 at 8:46 AM

Ha, what a fool Wallace is. Check out the “Real” interview.

Clark Mountain on August 11, 2006 at 8:46 AM

Here’s the “Real” interview… silly but true.

http://clarkmtnmusings.blogspot.com/2006/08/wallace-shows-love-for-mahmoud.html

Clark Mountain on August 11, 2006 at 8:47 AM

*puke*

Doesn’t sound much different than the homoerotic worship of other dictators (Stalin, Castro, Arafish…) by other journalists, wackademics and freakazoid ‘activists’ the world over.

I be Steyn will be all over this.

WriterMom on August 11, 2006 at 9:30 AM

The sad think is that Wallace doesn’t even realize how Ahmadinejad played him for the fool.

Wallace = Dupe.

So much for Wallaces credibility now.

Lawrence on August 11, 2006 at 9:54 AM

mike wallace needs to be checked into the nearest hospital and treated for dementia.

pullingmyhairout on August 11, 2006 at 10:02 AM

Chamberlin’s appeasement came to mind. Liberal Logic. Rather loves Saddam. “making good freinds with you”-Pixies. Ventillators number one hit “all Mike is saying is give Ahmadinejad a chance” Is liberalism a disease and is there a cure?

Drtuddle on August 11, 2006 at 10:16 AM

He’s actually, in a strange way, he’s a rather attractive man

That’s just creepy. They’re both nuts.

High Desert Wanderer on August 11, 2006 at 10:30 AM

Oy! Myron!
What’s a nice Jewish boy like you doing in a place like this?

Wander on August 11, 2006 at 11:25 AM

The libs and MSM see foreign leaders like Ahmadinejad (Castro, Chavez, etc.) as complicated and interesting. There is this instant crush that comes over them and they can’t resist it.

Wallace: I ask you to bring not prejudice, not your own beliefs or prejudices, when you watch him…

Need I say more.

Rick on August 11, 2006 at 12:14 PM

I got sick during Hannity’s interview first calling him a great american then taking Wallace’s swooning like a teen girl with her first crush

on a serious note, some of hte most evil dictators fall into that very charming personality and eloquent speaking. Hitler was that to a T

Defector01 on August 11, 2006 at 12:23 PM

Mike Wallace, what an absolute senile fool.
Doesn’t he realize that Ahmadinejad is evil,
and would love to chop his head off!

byteshredder on August 11, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Doesn’t he realize that Ahmadinejad is evil,
and would love to chop his head off!

No, because he is a “journalist first”.

Rick on August 11, 2006 at 1:03 PM

Rick: A little correction about your statement – Wallace is a partisan, extreme left wing, Bush hating journalist first.

Umnumzana on August 11, 2006 at 1:07 PM

I just don’t get this MSM fascination with these types of people. Did their parents give them something strange in their baby formula or something to make them turn out like this? I just can’t understand the condscending nature of these fools.

Catie96706 on August 11, 2006 at 1:24 PM

The upside – Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, Vietnam-loser (and faux icon) Walter Cronkite are not only delusional but they are also old.

Entelechy on August 11, 2006 at 2:04 PM

He’s actually, in a strange way, he’s a rather attractive man

What did yuou expect? This observation is coming from a man who looks like Yassir Arafat …. dead or alive.

fogw on August 11, 2006 at 2:11 PM

Well, Mike has admitted having mental illness.

However, I had to turn Hannity off during the interview, the sound of pure evil in Wallace’s voice literally made me feel ill. There is no excuse for his viewpoint, and IMO, he should be thrown in jail or shot for sedition during a time of war.

Now we understand how so many took Hitler’s side…a creeping, insidious, self-loathing. “We just need to take more time to understaaaannnddd these people…it’s hard for our small American brains to fathom their briiiiilliance”/mike wallace off…
Time to go puke.

NTWR on August 11, 2006 at 2:30 PM

Michael Savage says Liberalism is a mental disorder…….

If this doesn’t prove it, what does?

:/

VonHelton on August 11, 2006 at 2:37 PM

Rick: A little correction about your statement – Wallace is a partisan, extreme left wing, Bush hating journalist first.

Very true, but I think you forgot “elitist”.

Rick on August 11, 2006 at 3:12 PM

A recent female author on the Middle East said you could sum up the Muslim problem in one word: humiliation. They are and have been humiliated again and again over the last few centuries, and no matter what they do, they always wind up in the same shape. I think this recent Iranian joker probably is a little smarter than the average “Muslim leader”, and thinks his nuke and surrogate Hesbola army plan may finally break the long loosing streak. I think he is wrong.

It will be interesting to see, but I got to believe that somehow he like all the others will end up screwing the pooch once again and ultimately create more humiliation for the Muslims. As they are well aware, their Religion works against many types of internationally recognized modern useful human achievement. That is why they want to turn the clock back. Until they look deep inside their own minds and make some tough personal decisions and choices, their problems will only get worse along with ours.

The worst part about it is if they don’t re-think their situation and stay on the same track, they won’t want to go down alone, and can really make a bigger mess for everyone else.

What a legacy.

Shmo on August 11, 2006 at 3:36 PM

While Mike reflects on how good looking Mahmoud is, here an incredible article, Iran included. Excerpt:

In various discussions I’ve had with friends in the military and intelligence services, one point and worry keeps being repeated. Those in the business of protecting America, whether they agree with all of his policies or not, are grateful to have George W. Bush as president.

Their point in expressing such gratitude is that — like him or not — since Sept. 11, 2001, Bush has committed to hunting down and destroying cowardly terrorists who have not only hijacked a religion but, as we have seen in Lebanon, hijacked whole countries in the name of killing the innocent.

Entelechy on August 11, 2006 at 3:55 PM

Michael Savage says Liberalism is a mental disorder……

If this doesn’t prove it, what does? :/

At least what has passed for “liberalism” these last decades. Nineteenth-century liberalism looks to be dead & forgotten, dismembered and appropriated in parts by various groups who – interestingly – oppose each other bitterly.

Twentieth-century ‘liberals’ appear to be entirely opposed to liberalism. They are, for the most part, frauds masking their ugly designs behind what they like to call our “freedoms” – the freedom to an abortion, the freedom to help myself to your bank account, the freedom from individual responsiblity and accountability…

You know it’s pretty much over when we deign to let someone enumerate our freedoms for us. Whatever happened to freedom?

RD on August 11, 2006 at 5:10 PM

Needless to say, freedom isn’t – and never should be – an enumerated list.

RD on August 11, 2006 at 5:12 PM

The libs and MSM see foreign leaders like Ahmadinejad (Castro, Chavez, etc.) as complicated and interesting. There is this instant crush that comes over them and they can’t resist it.

Amen. There’s also an aspect of seduction involved when a brutal tyrant treats you, a foreign journalist, in a congenial (and even a tad conspiratorial?) manner.

I pray that Wallace is too old to get a woody anymore. He shouldn’t be allowed that pleasure.

If it were to happen, I imagine it would’ve happened then & there. (Has anyone asked him yet?)

RD on August 11, 2006 at 5:25 PM

Count me in as yet another one who can’t figure out why the MSM talking heads types bend over and drop their pants for every left wing nut there is. It’s sickening. They act worse than teen girls around a boy band convention.

Ellen on August 12, 2006 at 6:36 AM

I thought Wallace might have been polishing Ahmanutjob’s german helmet during the interview.

doingwhatican on August 12, 2006 at 8:41 AM

20 Mile Buffer? No, the best Buffer Zone is Six Feet of Dirt
Yes Ellen just like teen girls, leftists hold a fascination for the rebellious underdog, even if the object of their fascination is evil, as long as the rebellion is against common enemy. It is this reason that islamists feel the psuedo elite leftists don’t deserve life, and hence kidnap and slowly murder ‘peace’ activists with particular pleasure when their usefulness expires

Reality Check on August 12, 2006 at 10:59 AM

Ellen, I think they bend over and drop their pants for people like good old Mahmoud because they love and worship power. I think Wallace and those like him are just lickspittle courtiers.

Kevin R on August 12, 2006 at 12:44 PM