Rather and Daily Show Win Peabody Awards
The Peabody Awards for electronic media excellence have been announced. One winner that is taking some by surpise is 60 Minutes II and Dan Rather and Mary Mapes - for their Abu Ghraib report. Good for them. That was a great report and they deserve the recognition.
The Peabody given to the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes" honored an exclusive story, produced by Mary Mapes and reported by Dan Rather, about the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Several months after that journalistic coup, Ms. Mapes was fired and Mr. Rather retired as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" earlier than planned in the wake of another broadcast, on President George W. Bush's National Guard service. After initially backing its reporters and their report, CBS said they may have based it on falsified documents.
In citing the report, the committee said, "This Dan Rather report broke the story of the abuses at Abu Ghraib Prison in Baghdad, airing for the first time the photographs of American soldiers and abused Iraqi prisoners that shocked the world. "
Another winner was the Daily Show:
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