11/17/2005

Daily Kos: Former CBS Producer Mary Mapes on Air America Tonight

Former CBS producer Mary Mapes will be on Air America Radio's Majority Report today. I'll be putting up a review of her book Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power sometime in the next few days, but short version: it's definitely worth a read. (Those of you still hankering for typography battles -- or those of you more appropriately looking for new evidence into the life of one of this country's most fortunate sons -- might be interested in the expanding document collection at the book's website.)

The "Rathergate" controversy is looked upon, by the right, as the defining moment of their new blog-based "investigative journalism". I'd say that's a fair assessment -- the defining moment part, that is -- but I don't look on it as being nearly the inspirational prize that many of them have suckled at the teat of, this past year. Look at the flashing bitmap is a compelling investigative argument only to that class of motivated "investigative journalists" who think that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction have in all probability been spirited away by Arabic sprites and leprechauns. (Mapes also helped break the Abu Ghraib story, which earned her the wrath of a great many administration supporters.)

In any event, Air America might be worth a listen tonight. The implications of much of what she has written -- and I'm not speaking strictly about the controversial memos, but about the backstories, follow-up investigations, her work to break the Abu Ghraib story, the inside look at CBS during the period in question, etc. -- are messages which should reverberate throughout the media and blogs.

Daily Kos: Former CBS Producer Mary Mapes on Air America Tonight

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