Competitive zeal no excuse for bad reporting

CNJ staff CBS News fired three executives and one other employee Monday, after releasing the results of an independent investigation of the network’s airing of a debunked story critical of President George W. Bush’s National Guard service. It wasn’t just the story that proved fateful for the network, but its poor handling of criticisms that […]

CBS fires 4 after report is released on National Guard story

By David Bauder NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation involving a Portales native’s release of documents to the broadcast news organization this fall. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service, and that […]

TV censorship should be left to parents

By Steve Chapman We can all remember, with shock, the first time we caught sight of a bare breast on network television. It happened just eight months ago, during the Super Bowl halftime show, when singer Justin Timberlake yanked down Janet Jackson’s top and exposed, for a fleeting instant, an item of flesh never before […]

‘Docugate:’ CBS can’t stonewall this time

Mona Charen Though some have dubbed the Dan Rather docugate story a distraction from the real issues of campaign 2004, I would argue that, in some ways, the episode illuminates those issues. For more than 30 years, John Kerry has been vaulting back and forth over the Vietnam fence — believing the war was his […]

Portales native in middle of CBS controversy

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The man at the center of CBS’ reports questioning President Bush’s National Guard service is a native of Portales. Bill Burkett of Baird, Texas, near Abilene, graduated from Portales High School in 1967 and was student-body president at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970-71. Burkett also served as commander […]

Portales woman gets 15 minutes of fame

By Mike Linn A Portales woman will grab the attention of millions nationwide next week. That’s thanks to a dart, a map and a phone book. Marilyn Buchanan, a 55-year-old teacher, is scheduled to appear on The Early Show’s “Everybody Has A Story,” a CBS feature that runs about twice a month. CBS reporter Steve […]