In an interview with "60 Minutes Overtime" producer Ann Silvio, John Miller talks about his intentions with "60 Minutes"' two-part NSA story, which ran Sunday. Miller said the disclosure that he used to work in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was important, but "You also don't want this to be a puff piece."
I think we asked the hardest questions we could ask. And part of this is not to go there and show you can beat up a public official in an interview. I have been beat up as a public official in interviews, and I have beaten up public officials in interviews. Our job this time was to take the hardest questions we could find and ask them, 'What's the answer to it,' and then spend a couple of minutes listening. Because this is really the side of the story that has been mined only in the most superficial ways. We've heard plenty from the critics. We've heard a lot from Edward Snowden. Where there's been a distinctive shortage is, putting the NSA to the test and saying not just 'We called for comment today' but to get into the conversation and say that sounds a lot like spying on Americans, and then say, 'Well, explain that.'"
CBS News' retraction of "60 Minutes"' big Benghazi story is No. 4 on Time's list of the year's best apologies: "Logan issued two on-air apologies on CBS This Morning Nov. 8 and on 60 Minutes Nov. 10, though media watchdogs said the mea culpa should have explained how the program failed to see all sides of the story."
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's apology for smoking crack came in a little higher.
Never mind that for 11 hours Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered a controversial bill that she and other critics insisted would close all but five of the state’s abortion clinics. Instead, Look at her shoes! Just look at those things! They’re pink and stylish and, seriously, they look really comfortable.
The CBS memos from Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News, and Al Ortiz, executive director of standards and practices, suggest that correspondent Lara Logan had a preconceived bias that prevented her from fully vetting her source before airing his story … Read more
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Friday morning, "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan apologized for a report on Benghazi marred by conflicting stories from the show's key source, contractor Dylan Davies.
Until Friday morning, Logan and CBS have stood by their reporting.
"The most important thing to every person at '60 Minutes' is the truth," Logan said on "CBS This Morning." "And today, the truth is that we made a mistake."
That mistake first aired on "60 Minutes" October 27. It centered on the account of "Morgan Jones." Here's what's happened since.
Not only did "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley have an interview with President Obama, "the evening news was pre-empted on all but the West Coast by CBS Sports’ telecast of the U.S. Open men’s tennis finals."
After the Boston bombings last month, "amateur journalists became digital vigilantes," Pelley said.
Innocent people were marked as suspects, their pictures and their names ricocheted all over Twitter and Facebook and Reddit. That fire that started on the Internet spread to our more established newsrooms as well. In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor. And that is the danger that we face today. We have entered a time when a writer's first idea is his best idea. When the first thing a reporter hears is the first thing that she reports. We have lived in a time now when we have seen major television networks take video off of YouTube and broadcast it to millions of Americans without verifying whether the video had been fabricated or not. Twitter, Facebook and Reddit: That's not journalism. That's gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip.