In an extensive interview with Frank Rich in New York magazine, comedian Chris Rock talks about television, President Obama, and the news business. He compares Obama to CBS’ Les Moonves, arguing that Obama’s mistake has been trying, like CBS, to appeal to everyone. “The thing liberals don’t like about Obama is that he’s a network guy. He’s kind of Les Moonves. He’s trying to get everybody. And I think he’s figured out, and maybe a little late, that there’s some people he’s never going to get.”
Asked to evaluate Obama’s legacy, Rock said “everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career.”
Rock also said he’d love to be a correspondent on CBS’ “60 Minutes”:
What would you want to cover?
I would cover anything. I mean, I’d be in Ferguson right now, and it would be in-depth, and it would be funny.
It’s hard to do funny in journalism.
No, it’s not. It’s all in the cut.
What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?
I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.