Press, Bias and Facts: CBS and Armstrong Williams

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CBS has announced the firing of four employees for their role in a disputed report on President Bush's National Guard service. An independent panel found that 60 Minutes Wednesday failed to follow basic journalistic principles when reporting on a story that called into question the president's service with the Texas National Guard.

In a related story, the Bush administration has acknowledged paying commentator Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote the No Child Left Behind Act on his syndicated TV show. Williams has been widely criticized for not disclosing this information.


Tom Rosenstiel, director, Project for Excellence in Journalism



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