President Of CBS News Knew 'Reporter' John Miller Would Go Back To NYPD Before His 60 Min Propaganda Piece Aired
from the so-why-did-the-piece-still-air dept
So we’ve already discussed the massively conflicted John Miller, employed by CBS News while clearly being about to take a job in counterterrorism, reporting for 60 Minutes the most amazing pro-NSA propaganda infomercial you can imagine. At the time, the rumors were already swirling that Miller was about to take the job as head of counterterrorism for the NYPD, though he denied it. He also, laughably, insisted that he’d asked hard questions of the NSA, none of which made it to air (assuming he actually did ask hard questions). In response to all of this, Miller insulted his critics as not being real reporters (despite the fact many of them were), and then confirmed the big conflict that most people expected, taking the job that everyone knew he was going to take.
A NY Times piece on Miller notes that the offer to take the job was actually “informally” given to him over dinner with incoming police commissioner (and close friend of Miller) Bill Bratton on December 5th. That’s a week and a half before 60 Minutes aired its piece. And, among the “everyone” who knew he was taking the job was… David Rhodes, the President of CBS News.
“As soon as the reports came out that de Blasio” — Bill de Blasio, the city’s new mayor — “was thinking of bringing Bratton back, I immediately assumed that John would be going too,” Mr. Rhodes said in an interview. “It was literally the first thing that I thought of.”
And yet… he still allowed Miller’s highly conflicted story on the NSA to air. That raises all sorts of questions, especially for CBS News, whose editorial failings over the past few months have received a tremendous amount of attention.