Truth and Duty

Truth and Duty

The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power

Book - 2006 | 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
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It was the kind of story any news producer would love to report, nail down and get on the air. And that's just what Mary Mapes and her team did in September, 2004, when they aired their report on President George W. Bush's dereliction of his National Guard duty for CBS News. The firestorm that followed trashed Mapes' career, caused Dan Rather to resign from his anchor chair a year early, and led to an unprecedented "internal inquiry" into the story. This book is Mapes' account of the often-surreal, always-harrowing fallout she experienced for raising questions about a powerful sitting president. It answers questions about the solidity of the documents at the heart of the National Guard story as well as where they came from. This is an account of how the public's right to know--or even to ask questions--is being attacked by an alliance of politicians, news organizations, bloggers and corporate America--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2006.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
ISBN: 9780312354114
Branch Call Number: 302.2345 MAPES
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 21 cm


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May 22, 2018

While I certainly do believe Ms. Mapes contention concerning G W Bush's neglect of duty regarding serving time in the American Reserves, and thereby avoiding fighting in Viet Nam, I found her presentation, repetition, justifications and blaming (many of these points repeatedly), detracted from her original investigative work. The book drags, and not due to details of the investigation. Having re-read the very excellent and detailed All the President's Men recently; by comparison Ms. Mapes loads her observations with personal angst, flippant and distracting personal observations. With a good editor, this book would be much clearer, informative, and stand much stronger as a black mark on George W. Bush's Presidency... or should I say another black mark among many on his Presidency....

Sep 15, 2016

Glad to see that the true story of the -- I almost said "crucifixion" -- of the great Dan Rather and the valiant Mary Mapes is now in film form. I read Mapes' book when it first came out and still haven't simmered down from my rage at the power of corrupt government and corrupt corporations to pull the wool over the public's eyes.

Oct 21, 2015

The description claims: // President George W. Bush's dereliction of his National Guard duty \\ -- one cannot be derelict for something never qualified for - - it's called graft, corruption and fraud, but NOT dereliction, in case you've never served in the US military!
Before, this book was a fabrication of a fabrication [Bush's contrived so-called military record] - - but now with that simpleton Robert Redford's new film based upon this pathetic book, we have a fabrication of a fabrication of a fabrication - - just how indicative of the sorry state of America today.
Mary Mapes, and Dan Rather, are Exhibits A and B of the worst of the worst, the most simpleton and incompetent of the most simpleton and incompetent, of pure knaves who are still and unrelentingly describing themselves as // journalists \\ for the love of all that's real!!!!!!
The entire story was completely missed by these dunderheads [and I'm being quite charitable now]; the major question was what was George W. Bush doing in an officer's rank, WHEN HE NEVER WENT TO OFFICERS TRAINING SCHOOL in the USAF/ANG, and what was Bush doing in the specialty of jet pilot, WHEN HE NEVER WENT TO FLIGHT SCHOOL in the USAF/ANG?
I mean, when exactly will Mapes and her kind remove their pinheads from their sphincters?
They missed the story multiple times, and now Mapes is going to shove that actual fact into our faces - - ONCE AGAIN?????
Rated half-star for beyond awful, beyond incompetent, beyond ludicrous!
[There are several books out there, which I've mentioned in their comments, that correctly detailed that Bush attended ENLISTED basic training at Lackland AFB in 1968 - - and Bush was still the joke there when I attended basic training a year later!]
Seriously, won't it ever occur to Mapes within the next 1,000 centuries to question who actually owned the network she was fired from? Who owns the top 100 newspapers in America? Who owns the top five or six corporations who control the American corporatemedia?
Hint to Mapes and the other nimrods: Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity!
[This book should have been titled: Clueless Forever: the Mary Mapes/Dan Rather Story.]


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