The Psychopath of Egypt on 60M
The recent CBS 60 Minutes interview of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi revealed as much about our media hype as much as the unstable psychological status of Egyptian dictator, this was not the first to feature an Arab dictator on a major American news network. The US media have been prepping Arab dictators for years, from Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and Nobel peace winner Anwar Sadat, to MBS the Saudi young reformer; humanizing mass murderers like Reagan, Bush (father and son), and Netanyahu is becoming mainstream news. In a nutshell, the media here is not working for the public good as it was intended, instead, America’s interests and money drives the corporate media’s moral compass, adopting government narrative during wars and the corporate pocketbook and ratings during peace.
In the case of the Washington Post’s tireless coverage of the gruesome killing of Saudi citizen and journalist Jamal Khashoggi and crusade to expose the Saudi royal family’s handling of the tragic killing, against American interest and the Trump administration’s hierocracy, this was an aberration and personal crusade by the Washington Post Opinion Editor, Karen Attiah and sense of duty to her friend Jamal Khashoggi.
With the 60 Minutes interview of Egyptian dictator el-Sisi however, it appears to be an interesting case of self-promoting journalism and celebrity journalist grandiose. CBS mooted it as “the interview the Egyptian government don’t want you to see,” and for days released snippets to lure viewers and increase ratings, which incidentally was conducted last September during el-Sisi’s address at the UN in New York. “They sent us a formal request to stop airing the interview” the 60 Minutes producer claimed. All this hype and drama about an interview lasting a few minutes with a dictator who Trump himself called the “fucking killer.”