- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Steve Kroft told Piers Morgan Monday night that the president keeps coming back to “60 Minutes” because “we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

The comments come after criticism that Mr. Kroft gave a softball interview instead of asking hard-hitting questions following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi hearings.

“We have a format that suits him. It’s long. We can do 12 minutes or 24 minutes,” Mr. Kroft said. “We do a good job of editing.”

Adding that he’s covered President Obama since his candidacy, Mr. Kroft noted it’s a “question of fairness.” Mr. Obama “knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him.”

Mr. Morgan commented on the “remarkable bonhomie and long-lasting friendship” between the president and Mrs. Clinton, and Mr. Kroft described the interactions between the two as revealing of the positive nature of their relationship.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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