Journalists Rip Apart 60 Minutes for ‘Embarrassing’ and Uncritical NSA Report


CBS’s 60 Minutes found itself in hot water again on Sunday evening after critics took to social media to blast the newsmagazine show for an “embarrassing,” borderline hagiographic report on the National Security Agency and concerns about the government bureau’s use of domestic surveillance, all without a single opposing voice included.

The report was filed by John Miller, who disclosed at the outset that he once worked with federal intelligence officials. Miller and his producers claimed, through various means, that the piece was important because anti-NSA voices have had their chance, but the government’s effectively let itself be painted as a “villain” without telling its own story.

Interviews with NSA chief Keith Alexander made up the majority of the segment, with the controversial official concluding that, despite the agency’s critics, “This is precisely the time that we should not step back from the tools that we’ve given our analysts to detect these types of attacks.”

Miller claimed that he wanted to throw the toughest questions out there at the NSA official, but many seem unconvinced that this was anything but a fluff piece for the state:

Adding further to the intrigue is the fact that Miller was reportedly negotiating a new intelligence/counterterrorism job with the NYPD while reporting uncritically on the NSA:

Watch a portion of the segment below, via CBS:

[h/t HuffPost]

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