With those considerations in mind, have a look at what he told CBS News’s Charlie Rose in an interview that aired Sunday night on “60 Minutes.” “I’m really sad about the state of journalism in our country,” said Penn.
Speaking of the controversy that followed his story — and the pre-approval compact that he made with “El Chapo” in exchange for an interview — Penn said, “It has been an incredible hypocrisy and an incredible– lesson in just how much they don’t know and how dis-served we are. You know, the– of course I know that there are people who don’t like me out of the gate– whether it’s political or…”
Rose interrupted to say that the actor is “not without controversy.” Penn agreed: “Not without controversy. Fair enough….again, journalists who want to say that I’m not a journalist. Well, I want to see the license that says that they’re a journalist.”
Correct: Journalists aren’t licensed, thank god. They secure that distinction through their work — work that takes a deep, detailed, thorough and un-corrupted look at a subject. In other words, something different from what Penn produced in “El Chapo Speaks.”