January 28, 2013
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak with ”60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft. (AP Photo/CBS)
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak with “”60 Minutes”” correspondent Steve Kroft. (CBS/Associated Press)

Steve Kroft, frequent interviewer of President Obama, tells the Associated Press about the limitations of his much-criticized, soft-as-premium-tissue sit-down with the president and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton:

“I would have liked very much to delve into some areas of foreign policy and what is going on in the world, but it was not anything we could take on in 30 minutes,” Kroft said, noting the time offered by the White House.

Besides, he said, there are opportunities to ask those questions in presidential or state department briefings.

“What was not ever likely to present itself was the opportunity to sit down and talk to them about their professional relationship,” he said. “We thought that was the most important thing to do. You can watch their body language. You can judge what their relationship is.”

Okay, but: Is that really why there’s a “60 Minutes” interviewer in the room? To bring out the body language?

(h/t Politico)

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.