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The Peabody's Love Them Some Fake News

Mary Mapes gets a Peabody to go with her pink slip, meanwhile 'The Daily Show' extends its presidential campaign coverage winning streak to two - they won in 2000 as well.

When the George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media were announced yesterday, they cited a program that was later accused of basing a report on fake documents, "60 Minutes II" - and a program that gleefully engages in the production of fake news, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

The Peabody given to the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes" honored an exclusive story, produced by Mary Mapes and reported by Dan Rather, about the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Several months after that journalistic coup, Ms. Mapes was fired and Mr. Rather retired as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" earlier than planned in the wake of another broadcast, on President George W. Bush's National Guard service. After initially backing its reporters and their report, CBS said they may have based it on falsified documents.

'60 Minutes II' Wins a Peabody Award, Raising Eyebrows [NYT]

(h/t: Decision '08)


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Comments (8)

What can you expect from a ... (Below threshold)

What can you expect from a talking dog historian/time traveller with a pet boy named Sherman?

You've got to be shitting m... (Below threshold)

You've got to be shitting me right?

Historically the Peabody go... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

Historically the Peabody goes to the most virulent America hater; no surprise here.

I now conclude that these a... (Below threshold)

I now conclude that these awards (among others) are for the greatest offense to ethics, sense and fact. With hugs.

The Daily Show has it's moments but perhaps the point there is that they at least admit that they're engaged in nonsense. The crudeness communicated by mentioning the rest...it's seems that "Species II" was just not honest enough, you know? So, hey, take a look instead at CBS!

I note that TNYT just has t... (Below threshold)

I note that TNYT just has to describe "tongues wagging" in some last ditch gasp effort to remain all hoity-toity about the very IDEA of, OMG, the lowly questions and dreadful doubting by the great unwashed.

Perhaps Peabody, the time-t... (Below threshold)

Perhaps Peabody, the time-travelling dog, and his pet boy, Sherman, can use their "Wayback Machine" to find out who actually wrote the fake TANG memos.

Neo...and who started the w... (Below threshold)

Neo...and who started the whole "fake TANG memos" tale.

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