After presenting to the world his ethically dubious and tediously written exclusive interview with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and after being implicated in the drug lord’s capture, Sean Penn is ready for his mea culpa, which he will deliver this Sunday on 60 Minutes. CBS has put up a teaser for the interview, in which Penn says he has “a terrible regret” about his article.
New video of the early-morning El Chapo raid shows the billionaire drug kingpin initially managed to escape the deadly shootout, tunneling out of the building through a manhole, where he apparently stole a car and tried to flee the city.
Some journalists, in the course of their professional lives, will come upon people who, before, during, or after an interview, will ask if they can read the forthcoming piece, once it is written, in order to approve its contents. Most often, they are simply concerned with making sure that they don’t sound like idiots. Understandable! Still, this is a frustrating thing to be asked, because it makes one wonder where these people have gotten this idea—that this is a thing that is done. Now, we know that Jann Wenner, founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, is at least partly to blame, as, in response to criticism over allowing El Chapo final approval over Sean Penn’s 10,000-word article on him, he told the New York Times, “I don’t think it was a meaningful thing in the first place. We have let people in the past approve their quotes in interviews.”