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.
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Filed Under: 60 minutes, bill bratton, bill de blasio, cbs news, conflict of interest, david rhodes, john miller, nsa, nypd, propaganda
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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jan 2014 @ 8:26am

    Understanding any story necessarily involves having a grasp of both sides. Read articles here, listen to persons like Rand Paul and Ron Wyden, various public interest groups, etc. and you receive information that for all appearances is horrific, but in reality incorporates unsubstantiated assumptions.

    Now, you may criticize the 60 Minutes report for whatever may strike your fancy, but at least is began to shed some light on the other side of the story. Is all that was being presented based upon irrefutable facts. Not really, but then the very same thing is true of those parading all the possible horribles.

    Sounds to me as if the only side of the story you want to hear is the first, and that anything presented in the second is to be dismissed entirely and with nary a thought that it may very well contain information that provides context to the story.

    Reasonable minds can always differ on what should and should not be the subject of surveillance efforts, but to simply demand that a certain class of those efforts must stop without a firm grasp of what they actually entail is premature to a fault.

    BTW, despite all the blather about how collected info has been "abused", it might be a useful exercise to think about what abuse may be associated with what Edward Snowden has done.

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