Who had the harder interview tonight on “60 Minutes?” Scott Pelley during his profile of NFL MVP Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — we learned he’s quite sensitive about his height, and doesn’t want to talk much about the bounty scandal — or Steve Kroft who sat down with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY)? If you ask Kroft, he did. Exasperating is one way to put it. Here’s Kroft talking about it in “60 Minutes Overtime.”
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The overtime New York Jets – New England Patriots game Sunday afternoon which drew 23 million viewers in its final hour helped propel “60 Minutes” to the #2 show of the week.
The broadcast drew 15.86 million viewers, the CBS News magazine’s highest weekly ranking since December 18, 2011.
Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the medical marijuana boom in Colorado, Anderson Cooper’s interview with the former Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith and an interview with Steven Spielberg by Lesley Stahl.
Drawing nearly 16 million viewers, CBS’s “60 Minutes” was the #3 show of the week — its highest weekly ranking since December 18, 2011, when the show was #2 for the week and had a New England Patriots / Denver Broncos lead-in. It just so happens those same two teams faced off this past Sunday, helping the show to 15.96 million viewers.
Sunday’s “60 Minutes” included a Steve Kroft investigation of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Lesley Stahl’s story about Luxottica, the world’s dominant eyewear company, and a Bob Simon report on the amazing rise from obscurity of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez (above).
Sunday could have been a tough night in the ratings for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
Despite interviews with President Obama and Mitt Romney, as well as a huge NFL lead-in, the newsmagazine was up against a big NFL game on NBC, and the Emmys on ABC.
Despite the tough competition (and likely thanks to the NFL lead-in and the big interviews), “60 Minutes” did just fine, drawing 12.6 million total viewers, enough to make it the number six primetime program for the week. For comparison, the Emmys drew 13.3 million viewers, while “Sunday Night Football” drew 21.3 million.
Some blogs and news outlets are criticizing CBS News for cutting out of last night’s “60 Minutes” a statement by President Obama regarding some of his campaign ads. Obama said that some of the ads “go overboard,” and may contain statements that aren’t true.
CBS, as it usually does with big newsmaker interviews, posted the clip on its site, 60MinutesOvertime.com. While the critics would have readers believe that CBS cut out the segment to try and carry water for the President, the truth, as usual, is much more boring. Both Obama and Mitt Romney had long interviews with CBS, and both had to be chopped extensively for time. Anything that didn’t make it into the broadcast was posted online.
CBS newsmagzine “60 Minutes” has finally scheduled the interview it conducted with President Obama. As expected, it will be paired with an interview with his competitor, GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Steve Kroft interviewed President Obama for “60 Minutes” last week, and Scott Pelley speaks to Romney this week.
The interviews will air on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, September 23. Topics of discussion with both men will include the economy jobs and healthcare.
The interviews, combined with a NFL lead-in, should lead the program to some very strong ratings. Particularly during the main TV season, “60 Minutes” is the number one TV news program in the country, making it a very popular stop for politicians.
President Obama has granted interviews to two U.S. TV outlets, CBS News newsmagazine “60 Minutes” and Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo.
CBS broke in with a special report at 4 PM with a very brief clip from the interview, which had President Obama responding to Mitt Romney‘s statement on the situation in Libya. Steve Kroft asked the President whether the remarks were irresponsible:
“I’ll let the American people judge that,” Obama replied. “There’s a broader lesson to be learned here: Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”
The full interview will air on “60 Minutes” at some point in the near future (not this Sunday), with excerpts on tonight’s “CBS Evening News.”
The Telmundo interview will be conducted by José Díaz-Balart and will air tomorrow on “Noticiero Telemundo “and Sunday on “Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart.”
Thanks to a CNN report, a loophole that allowed family members of politicians to theoretically benefit from insider information when making stock trades. CNN’s Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh revealed the loophole in mid-July during this report:
Just a few weeks later, thanks to the reporting, the loophole was closed. See Bash’s update on “AC360,” where she explained how the loophole was closed, after the jump.
Update: Also worth noting that the bill was passed in the first place thanks to the reporting of CBS’ “60 Minutes.” See Steve Kroft talking about the story after the jump.
CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward and BBC News correspondent Paul Wood were the co-recipients of the David Bloom award for their intrepid reports from Syria at last night’s Radio & TV Correspondents Association dinner. The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC News correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting. Additionally, CBS’s Steve Kroft (above) was presented the Joan Barone award for his “60 Minutes” piece on the STOCK act and CBS news cameraman George Christian won the Jerry Thompson award for his extraordinary lifetime achievement. This award was created last year to honor the memory of CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson. Christian is the award’s first recipient.
If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.
That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.
Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”
Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.
“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.
Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.
“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.
“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.
“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”