Monday, January 10, 2005

CBS: Now hiring.

4 months after CBS News President Andrew Heyward told America that an investigation into the Texas Air National Guard story would come "in weeks, not months," CBS has released the findings of their internal investigation. CBS is currently accepting resumes for 3 executive positions and one producer.
Four CBS News employees, including three executives, have been ousted for their role in preparing and reporting a disputed story about President Bush’s National Guard service.

The action was prompted by the report of an independent panel that concluded that CBS News failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece. The panel also said CBS News had compounded that failure with “rigid and blind” defense of the 60 Minutes Wednesday report.

Asked to resign were Senior Vice President Betsy West, who supervised CBS News primetime programs; 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard; and Howard’s deputy, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy. The producer of the piece, Mary Mapes, was terminated.
While the investigation did raise questions on the authenticity of the documents, the investigation wasn't necessarily an exercise to take a position on the documents themselves, only to assess CBS' handling of them.

The word is out. The power of blogs has permanently given the MSM something that until now they were unable to give themselves - accountability.

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