Imagine yourself a reporter for Time magazine, once a respected purveyor of serious news and now a publication primarily read by people whose dentist's office doesn't have a television. You're given the opportunity to interview Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in the immediate aftermath of his decree that he is beyond judicial oversight (a development that follows his consolidations of power in the military, the press, and the drafting of the nation's forthcoming constitution). Less than two years after Hosni Mubarak was chased from office, the Egyptian revolution already seems to be at a tipping point. What do you ask him?
Well, if you're Richard Stengel, Bobby Ghosh, and Karl Vick, the Time trio that actually got this opportunity, your seven questions (two of which, you'll note, aren't actual interrogatives) are as follows:
- You’re on the world stage now.
- What was it like to deal with president Obama during the Gaza cease-fire?
- Is the Muslim Brotherhood in fact a democratic organization?
- Last week’s decree created a lot of controversy. If you had it to do over again, would you handle it differently? Revise it?
- This year, 2012, was a big year, a lot happened. Many hail you as a statesman, others warn you’re a new pharaoh.
- Is there enough of a buy-in from the society at large on the constitution?
- But what about the political environment around it? Don’t events of the last week indicate a society pulling part rather than coming together around it?
The phrase "softball questions" doesn't really do this style justice. This is an intentional walk.
Certainly the Ricochetti could do better. Had you been given the Time assignment, what would your questions have been?