Comedy To Air On FAUX News Starring Dennis Kucinich
Oh, Lordy. Some things could never be made up…..
It’s interesting that Fox News sent Kucinich to interview Assad and not, say, their hard news front man Chris Wallace. When President Obama does a round of interviews with six major networks, Wallace gets the call. But Assad talks to Kucinich, and the former congressman has an interesting history with the brutal dictator responsible for over 100,000 deaths in his own country. Kucinich visited Assad in June 2011 and came under fire for apparently supporting the regime just as the civil war was beginning. Kucinich was quoted by Syrian media saying Assad was “highly loved and appreciated by the Syrians,” at a press conference. The then-Congressman claimed the Syrian media misquoted him. At the time, only 1,400 people had died during the conflict.
A few things of note: the interview came together rather quickly, unlike CBS’s efforts to interview Assad, probably because of Kucinich’s previously established relationship with the Syrian leader. There were also no restrictions put on the questions asked, and it was filmed by a Syrian camera crew. The statement from Fox’s executive vice president of news Michael Clemente, per Politico’s Mike Allen:
Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice president of news, said in a statement: “On Saturday, Sept. 7, … Dennis Kucinich advised me that he believed he could secure an interview with … Assad, whom he had met on previous occasions. At the time, it appeared that an American military attack on Syria was imminent, and I decided that Kucinich should pursue the interview, on condition that Fox News journalists would also be included.”
“The interview, shot by agreement by a Syrian camera crew, was conducted with no restrictions on the questions that could be asked. … Greg Palkot, a veteran of Middle East coverage, conducted the interview beside Kucinich … I was present in the control room and studio at the Presidential Palace in Damascus for the duration. Kucinich was not there in the capacity of a journalist nor was he representing Fox News in that role.”