The CBS/60 minutes controversy has all the makings of a great news story. It’s just not the one that CBS had in mind: Forged documents, the nation’s president accused, all against the backdrop of a war and an election.
But the lead to this story remains whatever CBS may have done wrong, in building its case on documents that may have been forged. CBS News is now at the center of the story.
Regardless of the outcome, the story has already become a kaleidoscope of conspiracy theories from all sides. But as people watch this spectacle of the media doing its self-examination, perhaps the real story is overlooked.
Marvin Kalb, Senior fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy;
Orville Schell, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley;
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been the CEO and Chairman of CNN and the Managing Editor of Time Magazine;
Robert Kuttner, Co-editor of The American Prospect Magazine