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Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power
Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes 031235195X 9780312351953
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Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes

For twenty-five years, Mary Mapes has been an award-winning television producer and reporterthe last fifteen of them for CBS News, principally for The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and 60 Minutes. She had the bedrock respect of her peersin the last year alone, she broke the story of the Abu Ghraib prison tortures (which won CBS The Peabody Award) and the existence of Strom Thurmonds illegitimate bi-racial daughter Essie Mae Washington. But it was Dan Rathers lightning rod of a story on George W. Bushs National Guard Service that brought Mapes into an unwanted limelight. The firestorm that followed the broadcast led not only to Mapes being fired and Rathers stepping down from his anchor chair a year early, but to an unprecedented internal inquiry into the storychaired by former Reagan Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. But this, it turns out, is only part of the story. In this book, Mapes talks for the first time about the riveting behind-the-scenes action at CBS, as well as exposing: Groundbreaking new details on Bushs Guard career Information from the independent internal review The connection between a controversial news story and a corporation under fire from the federal government An emergence of digital McCarthysim as conservative bloggers manipulate the Internet How news organizations are collapsing under politicaland commercialpressures. Peopled with a historic and colorful cast of charactersfrom Karl Rove to Sumner Redstone to John Kerry to Col. Bobby Hodgesthis groundbreaking book about how the news is made (and unmade) will be making news this fall. My story of George W. Bushs Guard service had run on 60 Minutes the night before, and I felt it had been a solid piece. We had worked under tremendous pressure because of the short timeframe and the explosive content, but wed made our deadline and more importantly, wed made newsI got congratulatory emails, phone calls, and pats on the back. Other reporters called repeatedly as they worked to catch up to my story. I was thrilled. All that changed about 11 AM, when I first got word that a handful of conservative web sites were saying that the documents had been forged. I was incredulous. That couldnt be possible. Even the White House hadnt attempted to deny the truth of the documents. In fact, the Presidents spokesman Dan Bartlett had claimed that the documents supported their version of events: then-Lieutenant Bush had asked for permission to leave the unit. Within a few minutes, I was online visiting web sites I had never heard of before: Free Republic, Little Green Footballs, Powerline.

Author: Mary Mapes

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Publication Date: 2005-11-08

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 031235195X

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