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CBS News / Bush’s Military Records / "60 Minutes" Controversy #776595

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 10, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Studio: Wyatt Andrews) The findings of an independent panel about a flawed CBS “60 Minutes” report involving President Bush’s military service record reviewed; excerpt from the report featuring CBS News anchor Dan Rather shown; details given of disciplinary action against producer Mary Mapes†, who was fired, and 3 senior managers. [Panel member Louis BOCCARDI†- says the basic journalism was faulty.] [Panel member Hon. Dick THORNBURGH†- notes they did not find a political bias.] [CBS chairman Leslie MOONVES†- suggests Mapes misled Rather; calls for a better system of checks & balances.] CBS’s appointment of a vice president to check standards of fairness & Mapes’ response noted.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The panel’s recommendation that CBS overhaul its procedures noted.

(New York: Jim Axelrod) Reaction to the panel’s report featured. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN – says we hope CBS will take steps to prevent this from happening again.] [ founder John HINDERACKER†; on the radio, talk show host Rush LIMBAUGH†- accuse CBS of bias against Bush.] [“Washington Post” media critic Howard KURTZ†, “60 Minutes” reporter Andy ROONEY†- say it will take time for this to be forgotten.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The full panel report on noted.

Schieffer, Bob;
Andrews, Wyatt;
Axelrod, Jim

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