Monday, April 28, 2008

60 Minutes Profile of Scalia & IAF

Lesley Stahl's profile of Justice Scalia was illuminating. Much of the tone was as if, "He's a conservative and doesn't have horns coming out of his head." But it was generally a positive piece. I didn't know he was so tight with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. However, I didn't think he did all that great of job of explaining his judicial philosophy. His tone was basically, "It is because I say it is." Sure a lot of people don't like Scalia's politics but his bedside manner doesn't serve him well.

Bob Simon's piece on the Israeli Air Force was also generally positive although I found his lecturing on the killing of Palestinian civilians a bit much. He told one fighter pilot that he didn't look like he had the face of a killer. Would Simon have asked that question of a WWII veteran who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day?

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