The Corner

Tiffany, They Say

This interesting article quotes David Rhodes, the president of CBS News. Rhodes says that charges of bias against his network are absurd. I immediately thought of Les Moonves, the president of greater CBS (I believe). Earlier this year, he attended an Obama fundraiser in Hollywood. At the time, he said, “Ultimately, journalism has changed,” and “partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

That sounds more like it.

Here is a swath from the above-linked article:

In fact, Rhodes said CBS is a beacon of unbiased news.

“I think, frankly, one of the great things about working with Scott (Pelley, the new main anchor of the CBS Evening News) since we elevated him, is that nobody really knows where he is, and that is so rare in this environment.”

As it happens, I quote Mr. Pelley in my history of the Nobel Peace Prize — in my discussion of the 2007 prize, which you can think of as the “global-warming prize.” This is the one that went to the U.N.’s climate panel and Al Gore. A paragraph from the book:

Skeptics or critics were called “deniers,” in a parallel to “Holocaust deniers.” Gore is one who regularly uses this term. A reporter for America’s most important television news program, 60 Minutes, was asked why he did not include skeptics or dissenters in his global-warming reports. The reporter, Scott Pelley, said, “If I do an interview with Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?”

Anyway . . .

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