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Showing posts with label 60 Minutes. Show all posts
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CBS Takes Action Against "Yellow Journalism"; Society Has A Greater Mission!

After reading the outcome of the CBS News 60 Minutes "journalistic review," we wonder about the true effectiveness of the review.  A Media Matters piece about the review follows the two graphics below.

Who owns the big TV networks?
Don’t be a fool. Understand that there is an agenda pushed on us through TV.

The Media Matters piece quotes Huffington Post's Michael Calderone:

Calderone wrote on November 26:
Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of '"60 Minutes," informed staff Tuesday that Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, would be taking a leave of absence following an internal report on the news magazine's discredited Oct. 27 Benghazi report.

The review memo to CBS employees is posted below. Chairman Fager thoroughly divulged the outcomes of the internal review.
First allow a few points and questions.  

Yes, we question! 

If more people question and express their views, we would experience far less of what we are seeing on an increasing basis from media. Over the past year, all major television networks have apologized for or retracted outright inaccurate stories. In a few cases Fox News hosts were compelled to go on-camera to apologize for serious and egregious lies. We offer a few inexcusable cases of playing (broadcasting) for an audience vs. real and accurate reporting.

I.  John King CNN
II. Jonathan Karl ABC (White House Benghazi email)
III. Martha MacCullum Fox News (ACA roll-out comparable to Katrina of Iraq War)

We will spare additional references to Fox News as we are only comfortable with Roman Numerals up to Number 20. 

MSNBC has, of late corrected errors and Martin Bashir apologized for accurately providing an image for Sarah Palin.

Accurate reporting is critical to a free society. Imagine all networks cloning what Fox News viewers see and here on a daily basis. Both Gallup and Pew Research have reported most Americans get their news from television. If that is the case, networks are driving the nation into the greedy clutches of plutocrats who's major mission in life is to nullify the federal government. Can you imagine an electorate primed for 2014 and 2016 information poisoned by news sources we have delineated above? How about the prospect the media Matters and others simply accepted the intentionally misleading in the 60 Minutes Benghazi report? 

CBS would have pulled off a Fox News-like exposition and relished in the extent of viewership the show garnered.

The seriousness of the power of media is beyond any level of non-attention. We expect Fox News to use GOP press releases as news items. We expect Fox News to tap into GOP strategy points for news slants. We expect Fox New to comb through the GOP House of Representatives "Playbook" for mantra, talking-points and story slants. We do not expect same from the former industry leading investigative news magazine: 60 Minutes.

As you read the following from Jeff Fager, Chairman CBS, recognize that Fager was directly involved in staffing CBS News. In 2011, David Rhodes was hired to head CBS News, Rhodes started his television news career at Fox News in 1996. We think it safe to assume that the metastasized "yellow journalism" at Fox News has Rhodes stamped all over it.  Rhodes and Ailes, what a thought! We also believe it safe to assume David Rhodes was instrumental in the hire of both Lara Logan (and probably her producer). If we have come to a point of connecting all of those dots, can we avoid the conclusion that someone at CBS sought to instill a news model resembling the mess over of Fox News? The question is rhetorical. 

See much more after the break below


Sunday, November 24, 2013

CBS Hires Former Fox Executive in 2011, Two Years Later 60 Minutes Goes Fox News

CBS claims to have their "false Benghazi" report "Under Journalistic Review." Seriously? If CBS doesn't undertake a hiring practices review in the Internal review, the network is missing opportunity to redeem its once storied 60 Minutes investigative new magazine.  

Is it possible the 60 Minutes "false report" has genesis in the hire of David Rhodes as far back as 2011? 

CBS News October 10, 2012 

 Select article excerpts
David Rhodes was named President of CBS News in February 2011.
David Rhodes, President, CBS News

David Rhodes
As President, he is responsible for programs including the award-winning broadcasts "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley", "CBS This Morning", "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood", "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer", and "48 Hours." He directs network newsgathering for all CBS News platforms including television,, and CBS News Radio.

....Prior to joining CBS News, Rhodes held senior roles at Bloomberg and at Fox News. At Bloomberg he was head of US Television, responsible for all programming, development, editorial, and newsgathering. 
....Rhodes began his career as a Production Assistant at the newly-launched Fox News Channel in 1996, where he later became Vice President of News. At the network he managed coverage of three presidential elections, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, hurricanes including Katrina, and was the channel's Assignment Manager on the news desk the morning of September 11, 2001.

The excerpts above indicate Rhodes came of journalistic age at Fox News. What does that tell you?  It should tell you a few things in quick order. 

A.)  Fox News broadcast news stories via segments with the singular intent of advancing conservative political propaganda.

B.)  Fox News has broadcast segments that are far more than other networks proven to have been either misleading, developed to misinform, too often embellished with "false fabricated" details, and much more than industry standard  augmented with "'message tape editing." 

C.)  Fox News laces salacious video shots of show hosts and on-camera (so-called SMEs -subject matter experts). I (not up high enough), II (couldn't cross em off camera), III (seriously), IV (classic), V (off camera direction at 4 second mark?) [See two 60 Minutes images below for relevance]

For those who might feel Item "C" a bit of a stretch, we respond with an excerpt from Olivia Barker's USA Today (September 2013) piece:

Gretchen Carlson on the radio...

"Pants were not allowed on Fox & Friends, remember?" she told former co-host Brian Kilmeade on his Fox News Radio show yesterday. (We're guessing the rule only applied to female hosts, considering we've never caught Kilmeade or Steve Doocy in a skirt.)

D.) Fox News is a prime purveyor of Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS). 

Our point in items "A" through "D" support our contention that recent hires at CBS has been accomplished with one purpose: convert the news magazine to attract conservative viewers. Executive employment is more often than not accompanies corporate strategy. CBS Chairman Jeff Fager will be forced to consider both decisions hire the former Fox News Executive and Rhodes hire of Lara Logan. The "journalistic review" should also find it impossible to avoid Rhodes use of the Fox News business model at CBS (specifically via the 60 Minutes Benghazi story). Executives are no different from you or me (despite their exorbitant compensation),  we repeat what works and we repeat success. A Fox News executive who developed as a news professional in the 'yellow journalism' environment of Ruppert Murdoch's Fox News, will repeat success he experienced at Fox. We posit the Benghazi story was classic Fox.  

If you take yet another look at how the Fox News model was developed and presented in the now famous 60 Minutes segment. 

The evening of the Benghazi broadcast.


The  evening of the apology.

A marked difference. A difference between viewer focused attire and reverenced reparation with a flair of professionalism befitting a Sunday evening broadcast.

Decisions such as the decision to transform CBS from a respected news network to a network focused on conservatives viewers  "sopping the plate" seeking that last drop of ODS, feed all that is wrong in the nation.  A nation where the majority of American get their news from television, is a gold mine for conservative plutocrats, operatives and money-grabbing network executives. 

Media Matters has published a piece that reveals more angles of the 60 Minutes segment. The piece is a must read and reflects a trail of peripheral non-news issues that seem to follow Lara Logan across continents. 

If you need a bit more related to CBS and the hire of Rhodes, think about what could be considered major failures in the Rhodes staffing model.  We are providing a link to a Google search performed as we sought a few details related to the Media Matters piece.  Competent employment specialist have ways of building employment profiles that reveal information one the first page of the linked  Google search.  We offer those employment process related facts, but we must also offer in some cases such facts do not matter. We suspect Rhodes has no issues with on-air personalities who seem to exist with a "cloud" that seems to embody their professional existence. 

Maybe the CBS "journalistic review" will lead to a 60 Minutes that resembles its days of investigative and exposition integrity. 


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Media Matters Digs Deep and 60 Minutes Looks Suspicious!

There is something going-on at 60 Minutes.  Media Matters recently published a list of flaws in the CBS new magazine's Benghazi story; the list is an utter "Wow."  During times when most people get what little news they seek from television, 60 Minutes as a premier investigate new source is a much viewed broadcast.  When CBS allows its flagship show to join the likes of Fox News and Breitbart News Dot Com, the American experience suffers.  I can personally recall never missing a Sunday broadcast of 60 Minutes, after the Benghazi story I refuse to tune-in again. 

For those who do not subscribe to Media Matters updates, we have posted the naked list below with strong encouragement to visit the Media Matters link.

Media Matters

On October 27, CBS' 60 Minutes aired a segment anchored by correspondent Lara Logan and featuring the results of her year-long investigation into the September 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Right-wing media outlets and conservative politicians promptly seized on the story, claiming it validated their extensive effort to turn the attacks into a political scandal for President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

12 days later, the network pulled the report and apologized to viewers, with the network acknowledging that it had committed its biggest failure since the 2004 controversy surrounding a 60 Minutes story on President Bush's Air National Guard service.

After facing withering criticism for issuing an apology on 60 Minutes that failed to detail what the network had done wrong or any investigation CBS would undertake to explain how its blunder had occurred, CBS announced on November 14 that it had begun an ongoing "journalistic review" of the segment. But the network declined to detail who is performing that review or whether its results will be made public.
Much of the criticism has revolved around the network's handling of its interview with the former British security contractor Dylan Davies, identified by CBS as a "witness" to the attacks. But numerous flaws in the report have been identified since the segment aired. 

1.  The Fraudulent Benghazi "Witness"

2.  The Ethical Conflict With The "Witness'" Book

3.  The Long-Answered "Lingering Question"

4.  The CIA's "Orders To Wait"

5. Al Qaeda's Role In The Attack

6. Al Qaeda At The Hospital

7. The Suspected Attackers

Read More linked above

Earlier in the day (November 15th) Eric Bohlert, Sr. Fellow Media Matters, wrote an even more piece revealing piece about the unraveling of the once industry leading news magazine. 

Is There A Bigger Problem At CBS News?

Debunked Obamacare, Disability and Benghazi Reports Raise Doubts

Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT
Addressing the falling standards at CBS News and its hallmark Sunday night news magazine program, Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hilzik recently lamented how 60 Minutes "used to stand for rigorous, honest reporting. What's happened to it?" Hiltzik accused 60 Minutes of practicing a "ghastly" brand of journalism. 
Hiltzik has hardly been alone been expressing his amazement at CBS's dubious performance. What's key about his observation was that it came in early October, three weeks before CBS became enmeshed in the humiliating Benghazi controversy, in which the network was forced to retract a badly flawed report that featured a bogus "eyewitness." 
So why in early October, prior to the Benghazi fiasco, was Hiltzik bemoaning the appalling journalism sponsored by 60 Minutes? The columnist took aim at an October 6, scare report the CBS program aired, alleging widespread fraud within the Social Security disability program. ("A secret welfare system.") Told from the perspective of a crusading Republican lawmaker, Media Matters noted at the time the CBS report relied almost entirely on anecdotal evidence to dishonestly portray the social welfare program as wasteful, despite the fact that award rates fell during the recession and that fraud is less than one percent of the program. 
After watching the report, Hiltzik denounced CBS correspondent Steve Kroft's "rank ignorance about the disability program: how it works, who the beneficiaries are, why it has grown." The columnist was hardly alone in expressing his amazement at CBS's deficiencies. Kroft's one-sided, badly flawed report sparked widespread criticism. 
But the disability and Benghazi debacles have hardly been isolated incidents. 
Read more 

Revenue via sponsors when coupled with political paradigms from people who run network news shows, may lead to broadcast comparable to a homegrown terrorist. The operative word in the last sentence is "people." While all news is developed and broadcast via supposed new professionals, we are seeing more and more efforts by people (news professionals) to sway or manipulate people  (viewers) into schools of thought that are damaging to the greater good of the nation. We may have stepped into a zone where money from uber wealthy plutocrats contributes to media that leads to delivery of a former great nation to their web of neo-libertarian capitalism.

If CBS News is not influenced by people who wish to 'buy the nation', the network is guilty of pandering for viewers via the appearance of competing with Fox News.

In either case, the network must clean-up its 60 Minutes or high information people are going to give the show no (viewing) minutes.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Comedy Central's Stewart and Colbert Pokes Fun At 60 Minutes!!!

Lara Logan on Benghazi reportLara Logan...and 60 Minutes. Some people simply have a dark cloud over their heads. Now, what about Logan as a journalist even approaches the caliber of former 60 Minutes investigative journalist? We in no way are speaking about Anderson Cooper.

Logan's comments this past Sunday night:

The Colbert Report

We will leave these post at this point. We can add nothing that would make the point more poignant.  

MSNBC Shows How GOP and Fox News Again Flops (Head First)

Small image of the day!

The collateral damage from the 60 Minutes Benghazi fiasco continues. My viewing of MSNBC last night was undoubtedly shared by millions. If you watched last night you can skip re- runs of the segments embedded below. If you have not watched the following segments missed electronic journalism and associated opining at its liberal best. You also missed how media will grab the throats of its competitors when the competition goes completely outside the scope of professionalism 60 Minutes far exceeded any semblance of professional and forces look backs at the 60 Minutes of old with thoughts of a former investigative giant.

This past Sunday, Lara Logan spoke about her botched and very much "yellow journalism" Benghazi segment.  Ms. Logan and 60 minutes committed far more than a simple and egregious mistake. The network news magazine committed the ultimate sin of broadcasting; an outright lie that should have been verifiable via any journalism college intern.  The network was purely pandering to right-wing viewers and joint Obama (and Hillary) Derangement to the maximum.

Fox News and various Benghazi obsessed members of the US Senate took-up the 60 minutes "dog whistle" and ran with it right into the living rooms of viewers who lust for right-wing lies and misinformation. Neither Fox nor the obsessed opportunist in the US Senate have addressed their culpability in spreading the Benghazi lie. 60 Minutes has publicly acknowledged its part in the fiasco. 

Ms. Logan this past Sunday appeared much more reserved and deflated. We notice Ms. Logan is much more professionally attired for Last Sunday's airing of 60 Minutes than the enticing attire for the original broadcast. 

Original broadcast image

Sunday November 10, 2013

It is one thing when Fox News follows the 60 Minutes fiasco with much accolades and followup derangement. from Fox News that was an expectation. It is yet another when 60 Minutes preempts the Fox News (and at times CNN) "skin" news as while delivering an on-air segment. Maybe, 60 Minutes recognized the demographics of the Fox News viewer and added a bit of "skin with that false news."  The business model works at McDonalds, why not ratings lusting networks. 

Our reason for continuing to "go there"  and comment about "skin with that news" has nothing to do with prurience (or lack there of). We are concerned about the quality and veracity of news shows (television and radio) as a medium for disseminating information vital to good decision-making. The concern is enhanced by a recent Gallup poll with findings that indicated most Americans get their news from television. 

The following 30 second embed is Lara Logan's 60 Minutes ending segment this past Sunday.

If you missed the MSNBC reporting on Fox News and Republican feasting subsequent to the 60 Minutes segment, give it a few minutes. What you are witnessing is politicking at its lowest denominator. Lindsay Graham was in Congress when the Bush years experience far (far) more embassy related deaths than the nation suffered in Benghazi.  It is clearly obvious some on the Right, Fox News and 60 Minutes are guilty of politicking towards 2016. The GOP is what it is and will never change. Fox news is what it is and will one day be forced to change as it is to a credible news source. 60 Minutes was caught doing what is very popular these days, pandering and spreading false information to garner right-wing viewers.

Al Sharpton's take on the developing story.

Chris Hayes's, ALL IN, set-up to his 13:00 minute segment in classic form.  In summary, 60 Minutes and CBS had every opportunity to handle its "apology" segment in a manner 60 Minutes management chose not to consider. 

And Chris Matthews closed my evening with strong suggestions for Obama to "strike back." When bullies are allowed to run a muck  they only get worse. They do not back off unless burned.

Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) has actually become a sub-industry for US media.  Every major news network and tow major cable news networks have published or broadcast segments that have been proven misleading (to keep it somewhat professional).  

We realize a portion of the population can be described as Obama haters. We also know the GOP will pursue Benghazi until the party loses the 2016 Presidential Election. They will do so despite any evidenced that could also point fingers at their culpability in the tragic deaths of four Americans. Despite easily accessed data included in the following graph, the GOP persists with a ghost hunt that will probably never yield desired results.

Both John McCain and Lindsay Graham were active members of the US Senate during a considerable part of the period depicted above.

When news shows like 60 Minutes join in the shark feeding fest, ultimately the network flagship broadcast suffers along with the parent company: CBS.  60 Minutes has lost one viewer who will never return.  Or, maybe I will return when the news magazine rids of faux journalist like Lara Logan and forsake its obvious efforts to garner far-right wing viewers.  

Friday, November 8, 2013

60 Minutes Fires Continue.....

....and "fires" is what happens when the nation and its media moves to the Right.  

When media moves Right it is without exception in pursuit of revenue yielding ratings that have prove lucrative. Two classic examples are Premiere Network's and Limbaugh's daily racist, sexist homophobic and anti-progressive "derangement" and Fox New's early morning and evening anti-Obama insanity. Both work to return sponsor dollars to Premiere and Fox while feeding lies and misinformation to their ravenous viewers and listeners.

During 2013, we have observed other tepid toe-in-the-water exhibits of misinformation broadcasts from ABC and NBC, along with the astronomically 'cheap' and unprofessional 60 Minutes Benghazi episode. 

Media Matters has followed the 60 Minutes debacle since its first broadcast. David Brock, Media Matters, sat for a discussion of 60 minutes and the mindset that leads to such journalistic miscarriages.

Earlier today Media Matter's Eric Bohlert blogged about, "How CBS Could Have Avoided The 60 Minutes Benghazi Fiasco."  

Bohlert's piece is 'point-on' regarding an avoidable fiasco precipitated by violating the former standards of network and 60 Minutes executives. 

About the time David Brock was speaking with Al Sharpton on MSNBC's Politics Nation, Media Matters's Joe Strupp published a piece that completes the cycle on 60 Minutes (management, producers and host Lara Logan) foray into the unfathomable.  The network 'played' to ratings and pandered to Benghazi derangement that continues to serve as "the anti-Obama, anti-Hillary, issue of the decade.  The Right is, as you and I know, politicking towards 2016. The media follows Graham, McCain, Issa, Ayotte and others like subservient ducklings nipping-up ratings tidbits of like ducklings nipping morsels from pavement.
Mary Mapes
Former 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes, who was fired for her role in a controversial 2004 story about President Bush's service in the Air National Guard, accused CBS News of pandering to a right-wing audience with her former program's recent Benghazi report, for which the network has been criticized and forced to retract.
"My concern is that the story was done very pointedly to appeal to a more conservative audience's beliefs about what happened at Benghazi," Mapes said by telephone from her Texas home. "They appear to have done that story to appeal specifically to a politically conservative audience that is obsessed with Benghazi and believes that Benghazi was much more than a tragedy."

The problem with 60 Minutes is in the capable hands of the media monitoring organization: Media Matters. It doesn't take an imagination to know that the Benghazi broadcast was to be a ratings boom. A boom at the expense of truth and credibility for the once storied news magazine. But, those issues pale in comparison to the real danger: Media callousness in seeking ratings and false communication to the viewing public.

As evidence in the Politics Nation piece above, Republican "Banghazi firebrands" and Fox News are continuing to use the story as fodder for low information people who obviously relish Obama Derangement. As stated by Al Sharpton, Fox News has not addressed the two week fizzle of the Dylan Davies story beyond their references to its original broadcast on 60 Minutes. What we ask, what is that other than a form of Fox News propaganda?