60 Minutes and out of time.
December 23, 2013 4:34 PM Subscribe
When ‘60 Minutes’ Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door.
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''“60 Minutes” is a calling, not an assignment, and the program should not be the kind of outfit that leaves its skepticism at the door to get inside.' '"In the last few months, there have been significant lapses into credulousness, when reporters have been more 'gee whiz' than 'what gives?'"'
'The sad decline and fall of 60 Minutes has been a long time coming
, but now it is nearly complete. Just in recent months: the horrid hit on Americans with disabilities, the Lara Logan affair, and now tonight’s whitewash of NSA (and bonus slam vs. Edward Snowden), hosted by longtime FBI/police/NSA propagandist John Miller. Good night and good luck!'
'The news programme has become
a punching bag for both the left and the right.'
'"Over the past year, the program has made it look as if there is virtually a quid pro quo
: If you let 60 Minutes in on the inner working of your affairs, the show's reporters will check their journalistic judgment at the door,"'
'"60 Minutes ran not one, but two full segments
about the NSA's data collection and Edward Snowden scandals, told entirely from the NSA's perspective and with absolutely no critical voices."'
'"60 Minutes" is desperately in need of a news package
that earns it praise rather than criticism. It needs to put up a hard-hitting investigation, fact-checked to the teeth, that doesn't come off as a promotional puff-piece. Because its reputation as the gold standard of television journalism has taken some serious hits of late.'