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A Matter of Timing

A sharp-eyed, clear-minded media observer (and it ain't me) noticed this interesting juxtaposition of events. Outgoing CBS News President Andrew Heyward will be succeeded by Sean McManus on Nov. 7. Guess what's happening on Nov. 8? It's the release of Truth And Duty, the book written by Mary Mapes, the producer of the ill-fated Sept. 8, 2004 "60 Minutes Wednesday" expose on George Bush's military service record, who was fired by CBS for her role in that story.

Here's a description of that book from the Amazon.com. I think it's fair to anticipate that it may say unkind things about CBS News -- and perhaps even Mr. Heyward.

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TRUTH AND DUTY is a riveting account of how the public's right to know or even to ask questions is being attacked by an alliance of politicians, news organizations, bloggers and corporate America. It connects the dots between the emergence of a kind of digital McCarthyism, a corporation under fire from the federal government, and the decision about what kinds of stories a news network can cover (human interest, yes; political intrigue, no).
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