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Sean Penn talks El Chapo interview, blames journalism

19 January 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Sean Penn's Rolling Stone with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera when the Mexican drug lord was on the run from escaping from prison was not well-accepted.

Penn has since appeared on “60 Minutes” and talked to host Charlie Rose about why he regrets publishing the story. Penn explained “Let me be clear. My article has failed in that everything that's spoken about is everything but what I was trying to speak about.”

Penn added, "My article should not have made this much noise. El Chapo should not have been this popular a figure to read about."

Critics say that Penn wrote the article for his own benefit and to feed his ego and the actor said that he accepts how they feel but they are wrong.

Penn then moved to the topic about the state of journalism now sharing, "I can get angry—like many people can. I'm really sad about the state of journalism in our country. It has been an incredible hypocrisy and an incredible lesson in just how much they don't know and how disserved we are."

Penn also talked about that what he did was “experimental journalism.” noted that he wanted to talk about the war on drugs and how it affects people’s lives. He added, “I don’t have to be the one that reports on the alleged murders or the amount of narcotics that are brought in. I go and I spend time in the company of another human being, which everyone is. And I make an observation and try to parallel that.”

Other journalists noted that Penn's article was sort of favorable for the drug lord and his crimes were not highlighted. Penn said in his “60 Minutes” interview that he was not present at murders, to see narcotics, and many more so he just wrote about what he was present for, which was meeting El Chapo .