CNN’s Idea of an Interview

CNN’s website claims that Cal Perry is a journalist, but I’m starting to have my doubts.  During yesterday’s interview with Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad in Turkey, Perry demonstrated remarkable impotence when it came to asking critical follow-up questions.  First, Perry allowed the dictator’s wife to filibuster on the plight of young people in the Middle East:

Three hundred million people live in the Middle East, of which 60 percent are under 25.  So, we have an opportunity, and we have a challenge.  The opportunity is to make sure that they believe in the future, that they see it as an exciting opportunity, that they feel that they’re able to contribute, to get involved ….  The reality on the ground is increasingly going further and further away from that, and it’s not just the Palestinians in Gaza.  It’s increasingly affecting all of us.  And, for us to see people suffering is, if anything, weakening the voice of the moderates and empowering the voice of the extremists.

Incredibly, Perry balked at asking the obvious question: to what extent is your husband’s dictatorship contributing to young people’s despair in the Middle East?  Or, to what extent is the relationship between your husband’s regime and radical organizations – such as Hamas and Hezbollah – contributing to the strengthening of extremists?

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CNN’s Idea of an Interview

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