It’s the May ratings period so it’s perfect timing for CBS to interview Barack Obama about the recent killing of Obama bin Laden.
The interview has already been done (it was shot Wednesday) but I am still going to place my odds on what Steve Kroft will, and will not ask the president. Hey, if my buddy John Avello at the Wynn Las Vegas can make odds on Dancing With The Stars, I can put odds on the media and the president.
The only segment we’ve seen so far deals mainly with the releasing of the photos. Kroft asked the president about the photos, but there were no “follow-up” questions. Any good reporter knows you have to know your topics, listen to your answers, and then the second and third questions are always the tough ones where you get the best answers. From the video that CBS released, there were no follow-ups on the photo issue, Kroft just accepted the goodness of Dear Leader to answer and just went on from there. Next question.
Here are my Vegas odds on the issues that I believe are the most important.
4 to 1 odds Kroft will not ask if this was a flat-out assassination. This is a big deal here. Was this a kill or capture mission? There are still serious questions about that on both sides of the aisle. We are all happy bin Laden is dead, but did Obama give orders to kill on sight? Did OBL put up a fight? Would they have taken him prisoner? Why not a trial? Was he read his Miranda Rights? These are the policies the White House says are important to restore American values. The media is working hard to cover for Obama on this by presenting the case that Osama put up some sort of fight, but they don’t know and the White House has been very unclear on this issue. Kroft may ask initially, but there must be follow-up questions for this long shot to cover the spread here.