In Mike Wallace’s interview with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the senile-from-birth CBS journalist called the Hezbollah-backer “an impressive fellow,” “obviously smart as hell,” “reasonable,” and “an interesting man.” Wallace also said, “He couldn’t have been more accommodating. He had a good time doing the interview.” Furthermore, Ahmadinejad “didn’t propagandize,” made his case “fairly rationally” and was “infinitely more rational than I had expected him to be.” According to World Net Daily, “Wallace concluded that Ahmadinejad was sincere in his hope for peaceful coexistence between Iran and the West.”

It’s 1998. ABC Nightline decides to do an interview with Osama bin Laden, who has declared war on America. The assignment goes to correspondent John Miller. From Paul L. Williams’ 2005 book The Al Qaeda Connection:

Bin Laden, to the network’s astonishment, graciously consented to the interview, leading ABC executives to believe that the emir must be either a fan of Nightline or else a Muslim leader in search of publicity…

The interview between Miller and bin Laden took place in Afghanistan on May 28, 1998. Osama was all smiles as Miller obsequiously hailed him as a ‘hero to his followers’ and ‘the Middle East version of Teddy Roosevelt…

John Miller’s interview with bin Laden was aired on June 8, 1998. On August 7, 1998, the US embasies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed.

I’d say we’ve had enough examples of networks functioning as indicators of imminent attacks, based on whom they’re trying to ingratiate to us. By now, the intelligence community should be using major media interviews as red flags, and should base their timelines for anticipating attacks on media interviews with lunatics.