I recall maybe one mildly difficult interview Barack Obama has had in his years in the national spotlight, a spot with Bret Baier of Fox a few years ago. He probably still seethes over that. So we find it rather amusing some twerp from Politico is sniveling about Mitt Romney supposedly choosing a safe interview with Bob Schieffer of CBS tonight.
Tonight’s 60 Minutes interview was Romney and Ryan’s very first joint television interview — a landmark moment for any television personality. And yet Schieffer went easy. For one, he never asked either Romney or Ryan how the Ryan budget would impact American citizens. Though he asked Ryan how many years of tax returns he had given to Romney during the vetting process, he didn’t press Ryan on the obvious discrepancy of providing “several” years of tax returns to Romney and only “two” to the American people. At one point, Schieffer told Ryan he was “going to put you on the spot” (an unnecessary warning), then simply asked, “Did you think he’s been too defensive about Bain Capital?”
Such omissions epitomized an interview in which the guests were allowed to answer simple questions without fear of the interjection that would likely have been provided by a David Gregory (of NBC) or George Stephanopoulos (of ABC). Indeed, in their own interviews with the Republican candidate, both Bret Baier and Chris Wallace of Fox News played harder ball than this.
So what’s the point, CBS is in the tank for Romney like the Politico is for Obama?
He then adds an update:
UPDATE (9:07 p.m.): A colleague of mine wisely reminds me that the Romney campaign cancelled this weekend’s interview with PBS Newshour’s Gwen Ifill, and did Schieffer instead.
Who’s that colleague, David Axelrod?
Via John E.