Do the following quotes from this AP report make it sound like CBS is selling Mary Mapes down the river? We report, you decide:
"Mapes, 48, was described by colleagues on Tuesday as a dogged and talented journalist who made no secret of her liberal political beliefs. . . .
"In the 60 Minutes tradition, producers like Mapes wield tremendous influence on the stories and operate with a great deal of independence--a status earned after many years of proving themselves, [60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager] said. . . .
"'It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda,' [CBS spokeswoman Kelli Edwards] said. . . .
"'She's done many, many solid stories in her career,' Fager said. 'How this went so horribly wrong is a mystery to many of us and I look forward to hearing the details.'"
Is this enough to save Rather's career?
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