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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    John Fenderson (profile), 10 Jan 2014 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    grasping what is, for example, 215 metadata is not an easy task

    It doesn't require technical knowledge to understand the concept. In my experience, almost everyone does understand what 215 collects. The NSA keeps harping on "this is only metadata" as if people don't get that, but I think most do.

    And they still (correctly) consider it spying.

    We know this is not true

    No, we don't. We know that 215 doesn't collect content, but there's a general (and not unreasonable) assumption that there are other programs that gather the content.

    some ideas can be found in the broadcast that is the subject of this article

    But every single one of those ideas was either incorrect or highly suspect.

    A problem that perhaps some do not appreciate is that in matters of classified material organizations like the NSA are oftentimes unable to defend themselves in public because it would necessarily involved the disclosure of classified material.

    I understand this, but the NSA could address facts that are now public knowledge. And they could have avoided repeatedly lying to everyone as the leaks progressed.

    As near as I can tell, all of the damage that came about was self-inflicted, not caused by Snowden. If the NSA had behaved properly from the start, there would have been nothing to leak. But they didn't.

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