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Bob Schieffer Shows How A Reporter Should Conduct An Interview (With Senator Cotton)

March 15, 2015

The institutional memory and vast experiences of Bob Schieffer never fail to impress me or hold my attention.  Though what the famed CBS reporter was really thinking this morning on Face the Nation as he interviewed freshman Senator Tom Cotton about the unprecedented and outrageous letter that he instigated concerning Iran was not voiced, one thing was certain.   Schieffer has seen a lot of puffed up politicians over the decades but rarely one so brazen or cocksure of what he thinks he knows.

The questions that Schieffer asked of Cotton were nothing short of masterful.  There was no way that anyone across the nation could not understand the newbie senator has yet to learn where all the bathrooms are in the chamber let alone any of the nuances of crafting foreign policy.   Therefore Schieffer’s questions cut to the core and are most worthy of seeing in print.  This is what separates the boys from the men when it comes to journalism.

SCHIEFFER: Did you talk to the secretary of state, did you talk to any Democrats in the Senate before you chose to go directly to the Iranians?

SCHIEFFER: Well, Senator, are you planning to contact any other of our adversaries around the country? For example, do you plan to check with the North Koreans to make sure that they know that any deal has to be approved by the Congress?

SCHIEFFER: How does it make America stronger to tell them that any agreement they make with this administration may not be worth the paper it’s written on and may not last beyond this presidency? How does that make things better?

SCHIEFFER: Earlier today, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told our local affiliate here, WUSA, that what you did was akin to during the Cuban Missile Crisis if a senator had called Nikita Khrushchev and told him he couldn’t be certain that President Kennedy could back up any deal he made with him.

Do you see a comparison there?

SCHIEFFER: I just want to make sure. Do you feel that you have not weakened the president’s hand here? And do you have any regrets about the way you went about this?

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