The folks at "60 Minutes" could clearly learn a thing or two from John Oliver.
The former "Daily Show" correspondent interviewed Keith Alexander—who was, until very recently, the head of the National Security Agency—for the first episode of his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight." Alexander's last prominent media appearance came in December, when the venerable CBS program interviewed him at length. "60 Minutes" was heavily criticized for its softball treatment of Alexander and the NSA, whose assertions about its surveillance programs were almost completely unchallenged by interviewer John Miller.
Oliver, on the other hand, gave Alexander a much tougher ride. "Oliver also showed himself to be an effective interviewer by coming back at Alexander with a quickness and precision that the former top spy has very rarely encountered in public," one reviewer wrote.
Hopefully CBS News is taking notes somewhere.