Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks spoke to Newsweek Senior Editor Michael Hirsh about what it says about Newsweek when in light of revelations of Karl Rove's misdeeds, he continues to be employed by Newsweek.
Cenk Uygur: Michael, let me ask one follow-up question to that, which is, you know, if we don't have an indictment on Rove on this, but there's clear evidence outside the court of law...you know this Republican operative says, "look he asked me to take these pictures, and I was basically a spy there. And then I grew a guilty conscience when they actually...I was on a conference call where they said 'lets go get em for political reasons," and then they did and this guy is spending seven years in jail. Would Newsweek evaluate that outside of a situation where he gets indicted and go, 'maybe we don't want to do business with this guy?"
Michael Hirsh: You know, I would hope so Cenk, but that's kind of above my pay grade. I think there are a lot of people, journalists in Washington, who question the hiring of Rove. We're not happy about it. I mean, some people say he's actually turned out to be a half decent columnist for the Right. But, yeah...I mean I certainly would hope that we would re-evaluate that on the basis of this. But, you know, I think everyone would have to independently, we would have to independently look into these charges that 60 Minutes raised.
The question must be asked: what is Newsweek waiting for?