If anyone missed Lesley Stahl’s segment this weekend on 60 Minutes (though come on, how unlikely is that?), you might not have noticed that her profile of Taylor Swift, “A Young Singer’s Meteoric Rise,” was actually just a re-aired interview from 2011.
Which is fine–Ms. Stahl tells the audience that “we first met Taylor Swift in 2011, during her Speak Now tour,” and on the 60 Minutes website, they disclose “The following is a script of “Taylor Swift” which originally aired on Nov. 20, 2011 and was rebroadcast on May 19, 2013″–except that it says something about Taylor Swift’s “meteoric rise” that most people would have no idea that this interview was two years old. Or that on Twitter, 60 Minutes gave no clue that this would be a rebroadcast episode.
The segment seems to have been re-aired in conjunction with CBS’ ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night, which featured Ms. Swift. But Sunday was also the night of the Billboard Awards, where Ms. Swift performed and took home eight statuettes.
Sunday’s 60 Minute segment:
Part Two, from November, 2011:
Why did 60 Minutes only choose to air half of the interview? Probably because the second half addresses issues that would have hilariously dated the segment–Ms. Swift refusing to comment on Kanye, or saying that she “okay being alone,” and “doesn’t want to be one of those people who need to have a boyfriend all of the time.”
Even so, hearing Ms. Swift talk about what “thin skin” she has, and how she hates reading anything negative about herself is heartbreakingly prescient: It makes us wonder if 2013 has either toughened up, or has somehow managed to avoid reading 90 percent of the Internet on a given day.