Charlie Rose Lands Interview with Syrian President Assad

Charlie Rose

CBS, PBS host makes headlines as embattled leader denies involvement in chemical attack

As President Obama makes his rounds on major news nets to plead his case for limited military action against Syria, CBS and PBS may have landed the biggest interview in the hotly-contested international crisis yet: one with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Charlie Rose interviewed the Syrian leader Sunday morning in Damascus, and discussed with the prez his alleged use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians on August 21. Per Rose, who called in to CBS’ “Face the Nation” and relayed details of the interview, Assad wholly denied the allegations.

Assad “denied that he had anything to do with the attack,” Rose said. “He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not enough evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say even, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today in the story  about their chemical weapons supply. And he said I cannot confirm or deny that we do have them.”

Interview with Rose marks Assad’s first interview with an American news outlet in roughly two years.

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Rose’s interview with Assad will be aired in segments beginning Monday on “CBS This Morning,” which Rose co-hosts, and the full-length interview with air on PBS’ “The Charlie Rose Show” Monday night.

President Obama, who recently canceled on a Hollywood fundraiser to better focus his efforts on the Syria debate with international constituents, has taped interviews with PBS, Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS that will air Monday night. On Tuesday night, President Obama will deliver a live speech to the nation defending his case for a limited military strike against Syria in response to the alleged chemical weapon use.

Networks, which expect the live address to occur around 9 p.m. EST, will cut into their regularly-scheduled evening programming to accommodate the speech. NBC noted to Variety that the President’s speech will not interfere with the live broadcast of its mega-gameshow effort “Million Second Quiz,” which is set to air as a strip beginning Monday.

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  1. SEVERAL YEARS AGO A SENATOR AND A NEWS MAN (I CAN’T REMEMBER THEIR NAMES) INTERVIEWED ASSAD. HE IS SLY

  2. Cobin Rain says:

    So many commenters here working on the belief that Assad used poison gas last month. And why do they believe that? Because their government TOLD them he did. And the reason why Americans should believe anything, anything at all, their government tells them……?

    In the interview segment I saw, Assad says to Rose: ” youre a journalist. You get the evidence and show the people”

  3. Brad Nutter says:

    Shame on the Networks and Charlie Rose who all undoubtedly were only interested in their own agenda. This interview is completely out of line with the Country so close to engaging in some manner with Syria and to step in and basically undermined the Nation with an Interview that obviously would prove or solve nothing as even they have to know that no Truth would come of the interview. To give this mass murder a stage to state his case is so unethical and sick. I believe Treason is a fair word for all involved.

  4. PacRim Jim says:

    Undoubtedly he’s proud that he has exclusive access to a mass murderer.
    Ethics be damned.

  5. MIKE says:

    LET US KNOW WHEN & WHERE….BIG SMILE

  6. Vince says:

    I think Denis works for Mossad

  7. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    If a dictator chooses you as the interviewer you must be lame because no one is going to subject themselves to an interrogation. Charley this is not a good thing in case you didn’t know.

  8. Mike Podella says:

    It is sad that we have fallen to the point where the president of Syria is far more believable than the President of the US. Yet here we are. We have been repeatedly lied to about the NSA, Benghazi, the IRS, and about the projected scope and costs of making an act of war on Syria by making a military attack.

    I find it much more believable that the gassing of civilians in Syria was a set-up by either the rebels (who the UN has documented to possess sarin gas) or by Iran to trap the US. Note that the gassing was on the one-year anniversary of Obama’s “red line” speech. We don’t belong there and should not allow ourselves to be dragged into it.

  9. Playrighter says:

    “Networks EXPECT the broadcast to occur around 9 PM (EST).” With our late President’s consistent habit of showing up tardy (with some exceptions, like hosting a Super Bowl championship team at the White House), the networks are right not to be expecting precision timing on this one.

  10. GozieBoy says:

    Following in the hallowed footsteps of that master CBS “journalist” Dan Rather…

    Who will be the first “journalist” to ask Kerry, Hillarious, Pelosi, Biden, etc., why they all thought that Assad was such a swell guy just a couple years ago? Anyone? Didn’t think so…

  11. Dick Rambo says:

    Amazing!

  12. tom says:

    I still think Miley could have shown a little more tongue.

  13. Jim Pell says:

    Please, no armed drones over the Round Table!

  14. GOOD….THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TOO EAGER TO GET MORE PEOPLE KILLED. MR. ROSE
    WILL BE WATCHED BY MILLIONS HERE AND ABROAD. I WOULD HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
    NOT SUPPORT THIS ATTACK BY THE OBAMA REGIME. LET’S CONTINUE TO EDUCATE THE
    AMERICAN PEOPLE. I WOULD SUGGEST THE MEDIA HAVE A TOWN HALL ON TV, RADIO AND
    INTERNET WITH GUESTS LIKE NUREMBURG PROSECUTOR BENJAMIN FERNC, CHRISTOPHER
    HITCHEN, GENERAL DEMPSEY, ADMIRAL FALLON AND GENERAL COLONEL ANTHONY SHAFER.
    PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS LIED TO US AMERICANS REPEATEDLY……..AND NOW HE WOULD
    LIE AGAIN IN THE FACE OF 2 YEARS OF FAILED STATE DEPARTMENT POLICIES UNDER HILARY
    CLINTON, VALERY JARRETT AND SUSAN RICE.

  15. Michael_Q says:

    Amen!

  16. handbesen says:

    I am looking forward to seeing and hearing the interview. Charlie Rose is able to talk intelligently to another intelligent man.

    (Unlike most posters on this site.)

  17. MadCharles says:

    Dennis Rodman next up

  18. Elliot says:

    The Assad ruling couple deeply creep me out. A trained doctor, whose medical education began with “first, do no harm,” married to a beautiful scion of Western civilization, doing everything including gassing the children. If it were just the “rebels” they were killing, that’s civil war for you, but it hasn’t exactly stopped with that…

    • handbesen says:

      And you just believe what you hear from our politicians and the money press? And you think you are educated to make such judgement on things you have no clue about?
      The level of intelligence at this site is appallingly low already. You lowered it even more. Get a clue and read some real analysis.
      Check out the sources of the information and also search out who benefits from what is being reported in the main stream propaganda press. Make the effort before writing something as stupid as:

      ‘If it were just the “rebels” they were killing, that’s civil war for you, but it hasn’t exactly stopped with that…’

      Unbelievable.

    • Michael_Q says:

      I think there’s every possibility that the chemicals were used by al qaeda, (the so-called rebels), as a way to suck America into doing their fighting for them. Our leaders are beyond stupid in so many ways. They ignore our own casualties in Benghazi and decide it’s time to develop a backbone in a foreign civil war where BOTH sides despise us. They all make me sick.

  19. JGrimes says:

    “Lands” and interview…right. They have probably been to each others’ house for dinner.

  20. bob wie says:

    Yes, but he longs to be Jewish and Black—he detests White Christians and the South he grew up in–making all of us (non Jews, non Blacks) his mortal enemy…he also shills for Corporations on weekends, our company hired this puke to come talk to us about “business”—after of course a private charter, hotel, meals, etc had to be covered. He’s a fraud—same kind not tell a stranger to avoid the bad parts of town, because that might be “profiling”…gets innocents hurt with his kind of “truth”…

  21. Leo Culler says:

    Charlie: Only your accent is American,ungrateful journeyman.

  22. Gordon O says:

    Another reason I don’t watch CBS any more !

  23. Mar Vista Mark says:

    Maybe a follow up photo spread for Mrs. Assad again at Vogue.
    sounds charming, stylish, yet humanizing a rogue dictator’s wife in some fashionable moments.
    Belly-up to the bar, Charlie.

  24. george says:

    These taped interviews to the Nation Obama does are totally disingenuous…If he wanted to speak to the American people from the Heart, not as a rehearsed, taped and edited interview he would do it live with no teleprompter first…we want to be able to look in his eyes, see the grimaces, twiches and see if he can speak from the heart as to why another expensive middle East engagement…Syria and further Middle East meddling are not in Our best interest and no there is minimal Public support. We need to stay close to home and build a strong economic base and only then when dealing from true strength can you look your enemy down…or they will fail at they’re own peril.

  25. Common Sense says:

    Why wouldn’t Assad allow Charlie Rose to interview him? It’ll be Assad’s chance to rehab his international reputation. They are on the same page politically.

  26. Robert White says:

    hmmm…that’ll be a hard hitting interview…lol

    • bob wie says:

      Did Charlie bring his old lady, like Kerry and Blair did? Or Diane Sawyer, when she brought Mike Nichols to meet the couple after her interview with Assad. They’re all shills for large corportations, Oil, and Soros types.

      We might be doomed with this regime…russia hasnt been completely bought and sold just yet, so careful there Barry. They may play for real if you keep playing this street cred hoodie game with them. This aint Jay-z stuff.

  27. S Masiye says:

    Strike it hard,its been long.

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