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Sunday, November 10, 2013

"60 Minutes": Out Foxed?

My new piece at The Nation on submerged angle in "60 Minutes" fiasco: head of CBS News, David Rhodes, helped run Fox News for years.  And recall, just a month ago, they ran that hatchet job on allegedly false disability claims.  Need we add that Rhodes' vp of programming produced Joe Scarborough's old show at MSNBC--and then Morning Joe.

UPDATE #4  Lara Logan tonight on the show did 90-second "we're sorry" again and added absolutely nothing new.  See her do it here

UPDATE #3  Craig Silverman, the "Regret the Error" scribe, with lengthy and valuable assessment of what's similar and what's different in the Dan Rather and Lara Logan episodes.

UPDATE #2:  Great post here by Digby on a Lara Logan speech one year ago (and see video) where she exposed herself as a raging, biased hawk on exacting revenge for the Benghazi attack.  Digby also looks at other Logan statements about Libya and Afghanistan, showing that likely her own bias led to not asking right questions on her star "source."   Logan even admits that her boss had to remind her that she was seek the truth and not merely trying to prove her own views.
Needless to say, the fact that she fell for such a clearly ridiculous hoax was due to her biases. She shows in that speech that she had already made up her mind about what happened. And 60 Minutes should have been professionally skeptical of her story because of that. Logan's agenda blinded her to the fact that she was being played.
UPDATE #1:  Jay Rosen points us to a Comment following his latest from a veteran of 34 years at CBS, who contrasts the Dan Rather and Lara Logan scandals.  Especially good to remind us of how Dan was at the sinking "60 Minutes 2" while Logan at still-a-cash-cow regular "60 Minutes."  All very good, but I disagree with his conclusion that no need for CBS to fully probe the latest affair. 


Anonymous said...

Wasnt the CIA runing guns into Syria?

Lex Alexander said...

But nothing's going to happen to anybody. And Dan Rather was corrupt. Yada, yada, yada.