Against Chandra-Vision

Was it so wrong to declare one Condit-free zone?

Ideally, news organizations do the right things for the right reasons. In reality, it's a good day when we manage half the equation. In defending the CBS Evening News's decision to abstain until last week from the brimming trough that is the Chandra Levy/Gary Condit story, Dan Rather hinted he may have done the wrong thing. "Maybe we should have run something [earlier]," Rather told radio host Don Imus. "But I don't think so." His reason: he and his head producer had declared Levy/Condit a "tasteless" nonstory about what is so far a noncrime. Criticized within the journalism community, Rather's newscast...

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