A female soldier in fatigues stands at a phone booth, starkly framed against a clean, white U.S. Army barracks, fretting over her imminent deployment to Iraq. “I know I’m going to get killed,” she says, nervously fingering the phone cord. “I’ve seen those faces on Nightline. Every one of ‘em’s me.” The comment comes early Read More
By Joe Hagan 3/28/05 12:00am
“Karl Rove started talking to me again,” John Roberts, CBS News’ White House correspondent, said of President Bush’s chief political advisor and deputy chief of staff for policy at the White House.
That was fast.
Dan Rather left the CBS Evening News March 10, and now that the White House has gotten what it Read More
By Joe Hagan 3/21/05 12:00am
One evening last summer at the Players Club, Kimberlee Auerbach, an almond-eyed 32-year-old with a moony smile, a voluptuous figure and an ear-splitting laugh, was introduced to some men as an employee of Fox News Channel.
“One of the guys said, ‘God, and you look so nice,’” she recounted. “And I started to get defensive, Read More
By Joe Hagan 3/14/05 12:00am
EASTLAND, TEX.-Three days before Dan Rather was to retire from the CBS Evening News on March 9, the man who gave him the suspicious memos that precipitated his departure as anchor sat in a Mexican restaurant here, 126 miles west of Dallas.
Former National Guardsman Bill Burkett, 55, has grown a full, white beard since Read More
By Joe Hagan 3/07/05 12:00am
Last Friday, two of the CBS News staffers who’d been asked to resign over a 60 Minutes Wednesday segment about President Bush’s Air National Guard service finally did so, signing nondisclosure agreements in the process. That seemingly brought the network one step closer to concluding its six-month ordeal-just in time for anchor Dan Rather to Read More
By Joe Hagan 2/28/05 12:00am
On Sept. 20 of last year, CBS announced that it was employing an independent panel to investigate how 60 Minutes Wednesday had ended up relying on shaky-looking memos in its segment about President Bush’s past service in the Texas Air National Guard. The investigators, CBS said, would “determine what errors occurred in the preparation of Read More
By Joe Hagan 2/21/05 12:00am
On Jan. 10, when the 224-page report on the investigation into CBS News’ 60 Minutes Wednesday memo scandal arrived, CBS president Leslie Moonves issued a statement dwelling on the failures of the employees involved in producing the disputed segment.
Prominent among the targets was executive producer Josh Howard. Mr. Howard, Mr. Moonves said, “did little Read More
By Joe Hagan 1/24/05 12:00am
More than a week after CBS News released its ostensibly final, tortured, novella-length report on the suspicious-document scandal at 60 Minutes Wednesday, some basic matters in the case are even less settled than before-starting with the fate of the four employees the network singled out for dismissal on Jan. 10.
Producer Mary Mapes, who was Read More
By Joe Hagan 1/17/05 12:00am
On Monday, Jan. 10, CNN’s new president, Jonathan Klein, was sitting in his fourth-floor office in the Time Warner Center recalling an adage a former boss gave him about journalistic principles in TV news.
“Jon,” he recalled him saying, “we’re not going to do just anything to win.”
The former boss was CBS News Read More
By Joe Hagan 1/10 12:00am
Against a mise-en-scène of blue surf, swaying palm trees and a tsunami-flayed beach, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper looked like Jim Caviezel in the Terrence Malick epic The Thin Red Line-an earnest soldier gone AWOL in a remote, tropical hell, searching for meaning in a cruel, unforgiving world.
“You stop and talk to people, and if Read More