Journalistic credibility by association:
Mr. Rather complained that since stepping down as anchor of the ” CBS Evening News” last year, in the aftermath of a reporting scandal, he had been ill used as a correspondent on “60 Minutes” and had been given virtually nothing at all to do for the previous six weeks.
Among the places he had sought solace, he said on a recent afternoon, was in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” George Clooney’s homage to Edward R. Murrow and the CBS News of old, a film that Mr. Rather said he had seen five times in theaters, most recently alone.
You know he mentions it every chance he gets, too. “Are you going to finish those fries? Okay. I had some last night anyway, after I saw ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ for the fifth time. Alone.”
Here’s the kicker:
“They talk about wanting a break with the past,” he added. “Look at the Murrow film. I don’t want to break with that past.”
Unless Murrow framed Joe McCarthy using fake memos he drew with a crayon, I’d say the past is already well broken with.
Speaking of journalistic ethics, if you missed Joe Lauria’s op-ed accusing Jason Leopold of having impersonated him to gain access to one of Rove’s aides, read it now. Sample:
Leopold says he gets the same rush from breaking a news story that he did from snorting cocaine. To get coke, he lied, cheated and stole. To get his scoops, he has done much the same. As long as it isn’t illegal, he told me, he’ll do whatever it takes to get a story, especially to nail a corrupt politician or businessman. “A scoop is a scoop,” he trumpets in his memoir. “Other journalists all whine about ethics, but that’s a load of crap.”
The piece is entitled, “A Little Bit Wacky and a Little Bit Crack-y: My Tiff with Jason.” No, no, just kidding.
Finally, to nail down the “serious journalism” theme, here’s Connie Chung saying goodbye to MSNBC as only she can. You’re welcome.