Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power

Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power

by Mary Mapes
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Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes

A riveting account of how the public's right to know is being attacked by an unholy alliance among politicians, news organizations and corporate America

For twenty five years, Mary Mapes has been an award-winning television producer and reporter -- the last fifteen of them for CBS News, principally for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and 60 Minutes. She had the bedrock of respect of her peers -- in 2003 alone, she broke the story of the Abu Ghraib prison tortures (which won CBS The Peabody Award) and the existence of Strom Thurmond's illegitimate bi-racial daughter Essie Mae Washington.

But it was Dan Rather's lightning rod of a story on George W. Bush's National Guard Service that brought Mapes into an unwanted limelight. The firestorm that followed the broadcast led not only to Mapes' firing and Rather's stepping down from his anchor chair a year early, but to an unprecedented "internal" inquiry into the story -- chaired by former Reagan Attorney General Richard Thornburgh.

Peopled with an historic and colorful cast of characters—from Karl Rove to Summer Redstone to John Kerry to Col. Bobby Hodges -- this groundbreaking book about how the television news is made (and unmade) made headlines itself when first published. But this, it turns out, is only part of the story. Mapes talks for the first time about the riveting behind-the-scenes action at CBS during this frenzied period and exposes some of the largest political and social controversies that have broken in this new age of dissonance.

Truth and Duty was made into the 2015 film Truth, starring Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace and Elizabeth Moss.

* Features a new chapter for the trade paper edition

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312351953
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/08/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Mary Mapes was an award-winning television news producer and reporter for twenty-five years, fifteen of them for CBS News, primarily for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and 60 Minutes II. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really impressed. It's a great book and I recommend to everyone. You will be surprised how little you know about the story. It's also a riveting book - beautifully written and very interesting. Only those who are extremely narrow-minded would be critical of what she has written. Mary Mapes is a great woman. Our country needs a woman of her guts and wit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Mapes was a CBS television producer, fired in the wake of the so-called scandal surrounding '60 Minutes'' treatment of the Bush/National Guard issue. She argues persuasively that the story was essentially accurate, that Bush did enter the Guard through favoritism and did shirk his duties, albeit CBS had violated its own guidelines by failing to determine the genesis of some of the accusatory documents. Ms. Mapes defends herself powerfully in 'Truth and Duty.' Her book would have been a blockbuster had she probed deeply into the reasons for CBS' capitulation to political forces, including her own firing. That's the big story here: an administration that since 2001 has cowed the media into presenting news according to its own designs, while abandoning the journalistic tradition of investigative oversight. Ms. Mapes only scratches this surface.
Royglen More than 1 year ago
"another rather inspired hit piece' The fact is Clinton avoided service, but not a worl..
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Captivating inside look at how the MSM serves their corporate and political interests first - and NOT the public. One can't watch 10 minutes of Fox News without hearing some sort of distortion of the truth, and Mapes and Rather were railroaded for using a questionable memo to bolster a proven story...only in the Bush America!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both are thoroughly discredited and, as is the case in liberal circles, got a book-deal out of it. Had the displeasure of hearing the regal Mapes on radio. She¿s extremely arrogant and condescending. Had the greater displeasure of reading her pretzel twist reasoning to explain how thoroughly discredited memos were somehow otherwise. She endlessly cites her journalistic credentials and more endlessly cites dark forces in the big business world of CBS. What she never does is come clean. To her it¿s everyone else¿s fault, and never her own. (If anything this is a book for psychology majors working on a thesis of denial or obsession.) Simply amazing how anyone could invest stock in this book. Press it into service only if your bent on embarrassing yourself more than the obsessed Mapes did to herself. If you hate G.W. Bush, but love fiction, then this is definitely a book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book written to try to rewrite history..Dont waste your time...Luckily, she and Rather are pretty much gone..