“60 Minutes” does Infomercial for NSA with Security Official posing as Journalist

(By Techdirt)

Last night I started seeing a bunch of folks on Twitter absolutely trashing 60 Minutes. We had mentioned last week that 60 Minutes would be doing something about the NSA
CBS Airs NSA Propaganda Informercial Masquerading As ‘Hard Hitting’ 60 Minutes Journalism By Reporter With Massive Conflict Of Interest (via Techdirt)

Last night I started seeing a bunch of folks on Twitter absolutely trashing 60 Minutes. We had mentioned last week that 60 Minutes would be doing something about the NSA, including the revelation that some NSA officials favored granting Snowden asylum…

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11 Responses

  1. 60 Minutes has always been the propaganda tool of AIPAC and the Israeli lobby, both of whom support NSA because all of the information gathered on American citizens is forwarded on to Mossad.

    This program, 60 Minutes, is a slap in the face to journalist like Seymour Hersh and Glenn Greenwald.

    60 Minutes is the CBS version of Fox News..

  2. “you would think that the once respected news program might try a little harder not to post something so obviously ridiculous.”

    They have been specializing in the ridiculous for several years now, more interested in parading their stars and puffing their “access” than in presenting actual analysis of news. They lost me when they presented the piece on the “liquid bombs” and why liquids were limited to one ounce,, showing an airliner blown in half and claiming that the explosion was made by a 2ox liqiud bomb. I havene’t watched that farce in years.

  3. At first I suspected an Onion parody, as the reporter looked like Glenn Beck standing in for Lara Logan.

  4. 60 Minutes hasn’t been a credible source of news for a long time; at least the mid 1980s. They are very good at marketing themselves, and selling ‘infotainment’, which is why they’re still on the air.

  5. Lest we forget, CBS is the fourth largest media conglomerate mega-corporation in the U.S. To think they do not have a political agenda would be an extreme case of naiveté. For example, Viacom uses the services of Wiki-PR, a public relations firm specialized in editing of Wikipedia that is accused of subverting Wikipedia content for business interest.

    In other words, we should not be surprised that a semi-secret government organization gets prime time on CBS to broadcast their very own fluff piece to paint an innocent face on their activities.

  6. Sumner Redstone, owner of CBS, once said about his media and entertainment businesses: “Content is King.” Might that apply to the 60 Minutes broadcast?

  7. If CBS and their MSM ilk did accurate reporting, there would not be a need for Informed Comment.

  8. The headline captures the hypocrisy perfectly. Having committed journalistic suicide with the snafu Benghazi story, and now with this puff piece on the NSA, “60 Minutes” has forfeited whatever integrity it had accrued during its long and distinguished run. Mike Wallace must be spinning in his grave.

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