Our lives have been inundated lately with news and updates about the crisis in Syria. President Obama has been urging Congress to green-light a limited military presence in Syria via every news and media outlet available, and while he has been campaigning, CBS and PBS landed their biggest whale in years: an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Charlie Rose, arguably one of our nation’s most highly regarded and respected anchors, was able to sit down with Assad in Damacus early Sunday. In a no-holds-barred interview, Rose peppered Assad with questions regarding the attack on his own people by means of chemical weapons on August 21. Rose called into the CBS program Face the Nation and relayed Assad’s staunch denial of any knowledge or participation in the unspeakably cruel attack.
Rose stated that Assad “denied that he had anything to do with the attack. He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not enough evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say even, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today in the story about their chemical weapons supply. And he said I cannot confirm or deny that we do have them.”
This sit-down with Rose is the first time Assad has appeared on an American news program in nearly two years.
The groundbreaking interview was featured in small segments today on CBS This Morning, (Rose is a co-host), and will air in its entirety this evening on Rose’s PBS program, The Charlie Rose Show.
President Obama will also be heavily featured in our evening news programs for the next few nights, as he has taped interviews with CBS, NBC, Fox News, ABC, PBS and CNN that will air against Rose’s interview tonight. On Tuesday, the POTUS will air a live plea imploring the nation to get behind his proposed strike which would include limited military presence in Syria.
The address is expected to interrupt regular scheduled programming tomorrow night at around 9 p.m., EST. However, NBC assured Variety that Obama’s speech will not interfere with their smash-hit game show, Million Second Quiz, which is a live broadcast. Well, I feel much better now. After all, Million Second Quiz is much more important that a potential world war…