4 CBS Guards Fired Over Rather Report
The independent report on Dan Rather's report on Bush's National Guard service is in. Four employees got the ax.
The network fired Mary Mapes, producer of the report; Josh Howard, executive producer of "60 Minutes Wednesday" and his top deputy Mary Murphy; and senior vice president Betsy West.
The report concluded the broadcast was not the result of a political agenda, just the desire to be first in reporting the story.
The independent investigators - former Republican Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and Louis Boccardi, retired president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press - said they could find no evidence to conclude the report was fueled by a political agenda.
The network's drive to be the first to break a story about Bush's National Guard service was a key reason it produced a story that was neither fair nor accurate and did not meet CBS News' internal standards, the investigators said.
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