’60 Minutes’ on Vick: Punches Pulled, Truths Told

By Andrew Gauthier 

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David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun

Michael Vick came to the prime-time confessional on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, sat down with the stern but understanding father-confesser James Brown and acted contrite. And in this TV and sports saturated culture, I am sure for many football fans, all will be forgiven.

Are you ready for some football? Then let the games begin. And let’s forget about those poor animals and the horrible tortured deaths some of them suffered at the hands of Vick himself–the contrite man who says he cried in his cell some nights thinking about what he “did to the image”–meaning his image.

Here’s the bottom line on the TV interview: The “60 Minutes” producers are the best in the TV news business, and they were not going to totally ignore the facts of Vick’s convictions. You had to listen carefully, but if you did, most of the facts were there. But Brown and the producers also pulled a few big punches. More…