A Chilling Effect

CBS Ousts 4 For Bush Guard Story,” CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/10/national/main665727.shtml, 10 January 2005.

You attack the President with unfounded claims?

You lose.

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.

The correspondent on the story, CBS News anchor Dan Rather, is stepping down as anchor of The CBS Evening News but staying at CBS.

Ever since the Watergate debacle the media has been out of control. Perhaps the end of these careers will change the tide.

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