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CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'
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Posted on 05/11/2013 9:48:45 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'

"Our house is on fire."

Daniel Halper May 11, 2013 12:09 PM

CBS anchor Scott Pelley said at a speech at Quinnipiac University that journalists "are getting big stories wrong, over and over again."

"Our house is on fire," said Pelley. The video of Pelley's speech is courtesy of nowthisnews.com.

"These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added. "We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again."

The CBS newsreader was quick to take at least partial blame. "Let me take the first arrow: During our coverage of Newtown, I sat on my set and I reported that Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school. And that her son had attacked her classroom. It's a hell of a story, but it was dead wrong. Now, I was the managing editor, I made the decision to go ahead with that and I did, and that's what I said, and I was absolutely wrong. So let me just take the first arrow here."

And Pelley said the republic relies on the quality of the news business. "Democracies succeed or fail based on their journalism," said Pelley. "America is strong because its journalism is strong. That's how democracies work. They're only as good as the quality of the information that the public possesses. And that is where we come in."


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Calling Captain Obvious!
1 posted on 05/11/2013 9:48:45 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
"are getting big stories wrong, over and over again."

Deliberately more often than not.

2 posted on 05/11/2013 9:51:38 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Sub-Driver
"Democracies succeed or fail based on their journalism," said Pelley.

No they don't.

They succeed based on adherence to permitting the greatest amount of liberty as possible to foster trade, agriculture, etc..

3 posted on 05/11/2013 9:53:12 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe, just maybe, Baraq Hussein Obama is NOT the smartest man in the room. Ya think???


4 posted on 05/11/2013 9:53:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Sub-Driver
CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'

Just following orders,Scottie! Didn't you get the memo?

5 posted on 05/11/2013 9:53:45 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Sub-Driver

They can’t compete with the internet for speed, but “the internet” seems to take no blame for its constant raging inaccuracy.


6 posted on 05/11/2013 9:53:59 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, maybe they should just shut up until they know what the hell they’re talking about.

Or is that just too complicated for them to understand?


7 posted on 05/11/2013 9:54:09 AM PDT by Bullish (May the time soon come when Obamunism is only spoken of in hell.)
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To: Sub-Driver

We are getting big stories wrong, over and over again ... and we are so stupid that we have no idea of the reason why!

8 posted on 05/11/2013 9:54:43 AM PDT by Zakeet (If idiots could fly, Washington would be an airport)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not vetting Obama. Biggest journalistic mistake [or cover-up] in the history of the U.S. media.


9 posted on 05/11/2013 9:55:22 AM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: Sub-Driver
CBS anchor Scott Pelley said at a speech at Quinnipiac University that journalists "are getting big stories wrong, over and over again."

Well, that's because you keep starting with the question: "Saint Obama can do no wrong - how can we aid him in his quest for justice?"

A simple return to neutral-negative skepticism of all politicians will improve the quality of your reporting immeasurably.

10 posted on 05/11/2013 9:56:16 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Sub-Driver

That is the whopper he uses as his example???? Granted that was a mistake but it still seems like a fly on an elephant compared to others he could have mentioned.............


11 posted on 05/11/2013 9:56:29 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: Third Person

Yes!!!!!


12 posted on 05/11/2013 9:56:38 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Sub-Driver

yeah, isn’t that weird? It’s almost as if they aren’t really journalists at all.


13 posted on 05/11/2013 9:57:10 AM PDT by RC one
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To: Sub-Driver

“Democracies succeed or fail based on their journalism,” said Pelley.”

Uh, Scott....we’re a Constitutional Republic. Democracies fail primarily because they are nothing more than mob rule that eventually consumes itself.

Try getting it right for once in your life.


14 posted on 05/11/2013 9:57:23 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: Sub-Driver
We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again

And that's just the ones you cover. Never mind the missed stories and the spiked stories.

15 posted on 05/11/2013 9:57:48 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pelly did a story on 60 minutes months ago. I can’t even remember what it was about, but at the time I was so pissed I wrote a complaint Email to them.

Never got a response, of course.

Wrong is a funny word to use. He just means that they have been caught in their bias and have to backtrack. Omission of facts that work against their interest is not “wrong”, it is willful manipulation to meet their Leftist agenda.


16 posted on 05/11/2013 9:58:01 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama / Clinton Benghazi (4), Ted Kennedy (1), my Gun Collection (0)...)
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To: sauropod

Mr. Pelley, how’s that Benghazi story playing out? Is the press doing a good job? Are they getting it right?


17 posted on 05/11/2013 9:58:02 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Sub-Driver

You have no house.

You have no reputation other than that of liars.

All you have is your communist leader, and you are federal media.

That is all.


18 posted on 05/11/2013 9:58:12 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Sub-Driver
These have been a bad few months for journalism...

What you people have been doing has nothing to do with journalism.

19 posted on 05/11/2013 10:01:09 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: sauropod

Yeah but think how much different things would be if we had an honest media. Obama wouldn’t be potus that’s for sure.


20 posted on 05/11/2013 10:04:01 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: sauropod

Yeah but think how much different things would be if we had an honest media. Obama wouldn’t be potus that’s for sure.


21 posted on 05/11/2013 10:04:02 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mary Mapes could not be reached for comment...


22 posted on 05/11/2013 10:05:26 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: sauropod

Well, I agree with you completely, but right now we have a failure in journalism that is creating a woefully ignorant populous. Yes, the burden ultimately is on the people to become knowledgeable, but the entities that have long been trusted to provide news and information have evolved into an arm of the ruling big government liberals. They are creating a falsified reality for too many Americans.

This is not new, but it has become much worse in the past 20 years. The press has long been biased, but now it is an intricate branch of the DC ruling class.

Zero intellectual curiosity. Determined champions of one ideology, regardless of the facts. An intertwined relationship where individuals freely move from the government branch to the media/entertainment branch. Marriages, friendships and ideological organizations that span both sides. Just today, it was shown that a high ranking official of the administration is related to the president of CBS news. This is a sick and perverted form of journalism in 2013.


23 posted on 05/11/2013 10:05:32 AM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: Sub-Driver

Quite a mea culpa for one story. Is Lanza the only wrong story?


24 posted on 05/11/2013 10:06:16 AM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: a fool in paradise
Maybe, just maybe, Baraq Hussein Obama is NOT the smartest man in the room.

Only when he's alone in the room. And even then...

25 posted on 05/11/2013 10:07:49 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Journalism is about covering important stories - with a pillow, until they stop breathing.” Iowahawk


26 posted on 05/11/2013 10:08:24 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (H-O-L-D F-A-S-T)
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To: Sub-Driver
Can't admit that Fox News got those stories right, though, can we Scotty?
27 posted on 05/11/2013 10:09:53 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Months? Did he actually say ‘months?’ How about years, or better yet, decades?


28 posted on 05/11/2013 10:10:02 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Average Al
That is the whopper he uses as his example???? Granted that was a mistake but it still seems like a fly on an elephant compared to others he could have mentioned.............

Intentionally, I'm sure. By putting on the appearance of introspection, it shores up the credibility of all the propaganda fables they DON'T mention. "See, we're very careful to watch that what we say is true, and we catch ourselves when we get out of line. Nothing to see here. Certainly no anti-freedom bias."

Also note that they carefully picked a case that wouldn't cast doubt on any of their sacred collectivist anti-rights government-sucking shiboleths. ("Gun control", unchecked immigration for anyone who might vote Democrat, Tea Party are evil and racist, expansive intrusive government in general, etc.)

29 posted on 05/11/2013 10:10:41 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Sub-Driver

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30 posted on 05/11/2013 10:11:09 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added."

"These have been a bad few months DECADES for journalism," he added.

31 posted on 05/11/2013 10:11:11 AM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"America is strong because its journalism is strong. That's how democracies work. They're only as good as the quality of the information that the public possesses. And that is where we come in."

Wow! What a condemnation of America -- tying Her to MSM employees.

MSM employees are skid marks on Journalism's shorts.

We need to have the way it was before TV when cities had multiple newspapers.

We're getting there with talk radio, the alternate media and the Internet.. lets clear the air of the foul odor caused by MSM employees.

32 posted on 05/11/2013 10:11:59 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Sub-Driver
"These have been a bad few months for journalism,"

And you are still getting it wrong, try the last five years!

33 posted on 05/11/2013 10:12:46 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Along with that skepticism, aspiring journalists need to have the concept of objectivity pounded into their heads.
They will never truly achieve it, but they should always be on guard against allowing personal biases from intruding on the stories they write.


34 posted on 05/11/2013 10:13:29 AM PDT by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: Sub-Driver

I find it telling that they don’t seem to be interested in why they’re getting it wrong (it’s obvious to us, probably to them too). It sounds like they’re whining about the fact that they’re required to get it wrong and are trying, in the process, to salvage a shred of self-respect.

& “wrong” isn’t the right word to use anyway - that implies an intent to get it “right.” The correct word is, “lie.”


35 posted on 05/11/2013 10:15:04 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (#include <std.disclaimers>)
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To: Sub-Driver

And Pelley said the republic relies on the quality of the news business. “Democracies succeed or fail based on their journalism,” said Pelley. “America is strong because its journalism is strong. That’s how democracies work. They’re only as good as the quality of the information that the public possesses. And that is where we come in.”


Uh, well said Scott. Now please explain why you’re not doing your F#*$ing job. Maybe because you and your ilk want the Republic, in its current form, to fail?


36 posted on 05/11/2013 10:15:27 AM PDT by rbg81
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CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'

Is that good or bad??? Are you patting yourself on the back or kicking yourself in the butt???

37 posted on 05/11/2013 10:15:36 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Sub-Driver
The problem is no so much that the MSM can't get their facts straight.

The bigger problem is, they don't look for the facts to begin with.

38 posted on 05/11/2013 10:16:06 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: Sub-Driver

“We’re getting the big stories wrong, over and over again.”

(but who the heck cares as long as the public continues to believe then) is what he doesn’t say.


39 posted on 05/11/2013 10:16:15 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Sub-Driver
The CBS newsreader was quick to take at least partial blame. "Let me take the first arrow: During our coverage of Newtown, I sat on my set and I reported that Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school. And that her son had attacked her classroom. It's a hell of a story, but it was dead wrong.

Those kinds of 'mistakes' happen in a breaking crisis. That's not why the press is losing credibility. If Lanza's shirt had been blue, if his mother was a waitress or a teacher or he played video games or was a democrat IS NOT of great national concern.

Pattern recognition matters.

Was Lanza - like all the other young mass murderers - on psychoactive drugs? Are antidepressants a factor?

And Benghazi - did our government choose to allow Americans to die? That issue matters to all Americans. It's not a crazy lone wolf when the whole Administration is in on it... Is our government been lying? And if this is a lie, what else?

Those are the types of issues that destroy credibility - not if some killer's mother worked at a school or not. Breaking stories have mistakes... happens. Bengahazi lies have been here for months...

Years ago newspapers were concerned they were losing trust because of simple spelling and punctuation errors. It was a totally self-serving and shallow excuse for the larger issue: that credibility was lost because of bias. CBS is doing the same. It's not small mistakes in breaking stories that's the problem. It's bias. It's getting stories that are fed to them by liberal sources. It's NOT having a diverse newsroom ( diversity of ideas not diversity of what people do in bed - or pigmentation.)

40 posted on 05/11/2013 10:19:33 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Years ago newspapers were concerned they were losing trust because of simple spelling and punctuation errors. It was a totally self-serving and shallow excuse for the larger issue: that credibility was lost because of bias. CBS is doing the same.

It's not small mistakes in breaking stories that's the problem. It's bias. It's getting stories that are fed to them by liberal sources. It's NOT having a diverse newsroom ( diversity of ideas not diversity of what people do in bed - or pigmentation.)

41 posted on 05/11/2013 10:20:08 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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Democracies succeed or fail based on their journalism

The term, in Ebonics, is: We be F@#%ed.

42 posted on 05/11/2013 10:22:12 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Sub-Driver
"America is strong because its journalism is strong.

He got that wrong, too. Journalism is bad and is polluting America.

43 posted on 05/11/2013 10:22:45 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Sub-Driver
So let me just take the first arrow here.

So resign you elitist, it's-all-about-me, treasonous, POS propagandist.

44 posted on 05/11/2013 10:24:37 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Sub-Driver

They are constantly wrong because their premise is wrong...


45 posted on 05/11/2013 10:27:13 AM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The fact he still has his job and was invited to speak tells the whole story.


46 posted on 05/11/2013 10:28:01 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Sub-Driver
CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'

When only a Presidential "Face Palm" will suffice.


47 posted on 05/11/2013 10:30:02 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe they should try reporting facts instead of promoting propaganda.


48 posted on 05/11/2013 10:31:06 AM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who cares? Their credibility is ZERO.

The MSM is about as relevant as spinning wheels.

(Although they spin very well.)


49 posted on 05/11/2013 10:35:42 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Sub-Driver

“Let’s get it nailed down...somebody...let’s find out! Let’s get it straight so we can report this thing accurately!,” Frank Reynolds (ABC, 1981).


50 posted on 05/11/2013 10:35:58 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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