Thursday, April 07, 2005

THE "WE DEFEND OUR OWN" AWARD

It was reported today that Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes were awarded a Peabody Award for the story they did on prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. I am not certain, but this appears to be one of those "we defend our own" awards. This is an award where a guy messes up royally, and then his supporters drum up an award for some unrelated matter. The timing of the Peabody Award is suspicious since it follows Dan Rather's humiliation for his hit piece using forged documents against the President.

It reminds me of other such awards. I remember several years ago when a Minneapolis newscaster, Don Shelby, was part of a bogus report against Northwest Airlines. When the entire matter was cleared up, Shelby had to admit his error and suffered a bit of humiliation. It wasn't long after this humiliation that he received a "we defend our own" award.

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