Video: Truth And Consequences

Re-enactment of past events is troubling enough, but CBS and anchorman Dan Rather last week faced charges that chill every newsman's heart: airing faked footage. The allegation, denied by CBS and so far unconfirmed, is that Rather's CBS Evening News unwittingly broadcast footage of war scenes in Afghanistan restaged or simulated for the cameras.

During the mid-1980s, Rather showed gripping scenes of battling troops and suffering civilians, most photographed by freelance cameraman Mike Hoover, 45. The images won CBS an award for news coverage. But the New York Post, citing sources in the U.S., Europe and Asia, said some scenes were...

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