It was a segment that embarrassed “60 Minutes” and proved Scott Pelley doesn’t do his homework, at least not where editing his own segment is concerned.
It comes at about 4:26 in the video, Pamela Geller getting interviewed by Scott Pelley, introduced as someone who writes a “far right wing blog” that mixes news and opinion, but also dabbles in “conspiracy theories,” which is the kindest way you can spin crackpot hatemonger who also happens to have written a book about Pres. Obama claiming he’s waging a “war on America.” Geller’s agenda is clear and has been for years. She’s a flame throwing neoconservative propagandist whose goal is to incite Americans against Muslims instead of offering a bridge to moderate worshipers of Islam. In other words, she’s part of the problem, not the solution.
This woman has no business being interviewed and given the mantle of legitimacy through “60 Minutes” citing her as the “Islamic center’s most ardent critic,” to which she claimed to actually be a heroine for speaking the truth. Nothing could be further from the truth than Ms. Geller’s rhetoric. She incites the mob, which has always been her primary goal, including against Pres. Obama. Today she takes out after First Lady Michelle Obama on her blog.
Geller’s claim that the Islamic center is a “mega mosque” is not only ignorant, but a lie. At least “60 Minutes” proved that, though there is still no excuse for giving this woman publicity.
To add insult to Geller’s appearance, “60 Minutes” also gave a few moments, however fleeting, to New York candidate for governor, the known racist Carl Paladino, who has also fathered a child by a woman not his wife, which showed him saying he’d make sure the Cordoba House wasn’t built (at around 6:00 min. in the video): “As governor, I will use the power of eminent domain to stop the mosque.” Pelley didn’t mention his smears against Pres. Obama or the hard core porn emails he distributed.
It was as irresponsible segment “60 Minutes” has ever shown.