Dan Rather's Apology and the Saga of CBS
When Dan Rather and CBS admitted yesterday that they had mistakenly relied on false documents in a report on President Bush's National Guard service, some pundits called it a watershed moment for the media. But if questions are being raised about what's next for Rather, what about the bigger question of what happens to real issues when the media becomes the story? With the rise of popularity in partisan magazines, blog sites and talk shows, is objectivity an old-fashioned idea? Is the US headed for the kind of partisan reporting that's popular in Europe? Guest host Sara Terry speaks with journalism scholars and media watchdogs as well as those who report the news--including a founding employee of CNN. (An extended version of this program was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.) Making News: Government Report Faults American Indian Prisons Today, as the Museum of the American Indian opens on the Washington Mall, the Interior Department releases a report which found grim conditions in American Indian prisons. The report documents 11 deaths in three years and hundreds of suicide attempts in overcrowded facilities. Darryl Fears has been following the story for the Washington Post.