Eye Wide Shut
The Chicago Tribune denounces CBS News: Eye wide shut.
The president of CBS News now says the network will “redouble its efforts” to investigate the documents. The time to do that was before the story aired. And some journalists wonder why many Americans think we’re biased, arrogant and inaccurate. The burden of proof here was on Rather and Co. If they did ignore warnings from experts, they hurt a lot of honest reporters.
News organizations that relied in part on CBS’ story—the Tribune included—put some faith in CBS News’ credibility. Only to learn that the network may have had its trademark eye wide shut.