Journalists criticize Sean Penn’s meeting with drug baron ‘El Chapo’

AFP news service wrote an article about the political and media reaction to Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone interview with drug thug El Chapo and I was among those quoted:

Journalists criticize Sean Penn’s meeting with drug baron ‘El Chapo’

(AFP) WASHINGTON: Actor Sean Penn took on a heap of US criticism Sunday, one day after Rolling Stone magazine published his account of a clandestine meeting with Mexican drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

In the article, the actor and director says he met Guzman deep in the Mexican jungle in October for a “seven-hour sit-down” because he was “drawn to explore what may be inconsistent” with media and government portrayals of Guzman. . . . In a stunning admission of his criminal enterprise, Penn says Guzman told him over sips of tequila that “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.” . . .

. . . NBC correspondent Luke Russert, son of famed American journalist Tim Russert, sarcastically asked on Twitter: “Is Sean Penn’s interview with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the next issue?” referring to the leader of the Islamic State group.

On Fox News, conservative commentator Gayle Trotter accused Rolling Stone and Penn of complacency and a “complete moral inversion of journalism” that amounted to “aiding and abetting a known felon.” . . . (read entire article)

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