Sean Penn to Critics in the Media: I Don’t Need a License to Be a Journalist


Sean Penn appeared on 60 Minutes tonight to discuss and defend his surprise interview with El Chapo while he was on the run. And as Penn told Charlie Rose, his primary goal in all this was to push a national conversation on the war on drugs because it’s been an issue for years and he felt “complicit” by not caring enough about it.

Penn admitted he was stunned by how willing El Chapo was to sit down with him, but he knew that people were aware of what he was doing.

When Rose asked him if authorities released video of the El Chapo raid to “see you blamed,” Penn said yes. And he even affirmed Rose’s suggestion that “they wanted to encourage the cartel to put you in their crosshairs.”

As for his critics in the media, Penn said, “I’m really sad about the state of journalism in our country. It has been an incredible hypocrisy, an incredibly lesson in how much they don’t know and how dissolved they are.”

He more directly responded by asking where all the reporters criticizing him have a license that officially makes them a journalist.

Watch the entire interview above, via CBS.

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