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:
(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)