CBS News Fires ProducerCBS News Fires Producer Over Arafat Special Report
CBS News has fired the producer responsible for interrupting the last five minutes of a hit crime drama with a special report on the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, a network source said on Friday.
Word of the dismissal came a day after CBS apologized to viewers for breaking into "CSI: NY," one of its top-rated shows, on Wednesday night.
Yet no firings over the RatherGate memo affair
Will Rather -- or Sixty Minutes producer Mary Mapes -- be fired? Some people are speculating that Schieffer may be named as Rather's replacement.
Regardless, I think that it's important for CBS to take this as seriously as Schieffer promises. Because, as Mike Goodwin writes, this election was devastating for media credibility:
Apparently the news division at CBC has lost some stroke within CBS itself, but Mary Maples and Dan Rather have more stroke than some of the minor producers. Seems as though error from the fired producer was a lot smaller than thew carefully planned and orchristrated frauud of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, and the Rathergate affair did a lot more damage to CBS' credibility and ratings than breaking into CSI.