Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Time For Rather To Retire

CBS News holds a special place in the history of journalism. First came the legendary Edward R. Murrow, with his live accounts of the war in Europe (WWII) and the famous "This -- is London". Then Murrow changed America when he brought down the Red-Scare inquisition of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Next came Walter Cronkite, who's line "That's The Way It Is" epitomized journalistic integrity to my generation.

Now Dan Rather in one move has destroyed the 60 year old reputation of the nation's most prestigious broadcast news service. Apologies won't cut it. The only way for CBS to regain some credibility now is to follow the example set by the Boston Globe and the New York Times and sack Rather and the production team behind the 60 Minutes story about President Bush's service in the Air National Guard. It's time for CBS to decide if they are still a serious news organization or not.


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