The commission itself has also come under attack, largely by supporters of those punished after its findings were released. None of those involved in the CBS panel—retired Associated Press executive Louis Boccardi, former U.S. attorney general Richard Thornburgh, and lawyers from the firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham—had any direct experience with investigative journalism. The commission’s interviews were conducted on the nineteenth floor of “Black Rock,” the CBS corporate headquarters on West 52nd Street, a short walk from the supersize office of Leslie Moonves. No tape recordings were made. The two commissioners and lawyers scribbled handwritten notes on the proceedings—when they were in the room, that is. At various times, either Boccardi or Thornburgh were said to be absent from interviews with witnesses. It seemed to the panel’s critics an oddly casual approach for a commission with a mandate to investigate unscrupulous journalistic practices. (emphasis added)Yup, doesn't it though?
Monday, January 31, 2005
Check out this story from the New York Magazine on the doom and gloom at CBS after the reprot on the Rathergate story came out. It seems like most people at CBS are discouraged and angry. So, they're all leaking to the NYM reporter to tell us how mad they are at Les Moonves, Andy Heyward, and Dan Rather. And they're not so impressed with the commission's report.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 1:34 PM