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Dan Rather on The Secret Service, Mark Cuban and Not Having ‘to Kiss Up to Anybody’

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Exclusive: Dan Rather, as the oft-told story goes, went from being an unknown CBS runner to a rising star at the network with his dogged reporting in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was killed.

Years later, in 1981, Rather was just settling into his role as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” when it very nearly happened again. “The Kennedy assassination, the shooting of Ronald Reagan, those were watershed moments for the Secret Service,” Rather told TVNewser in a telephone interview from his home in Austin. “Afterward, major adjustments were made.”

For the last month, Rather has been reflecting on those two defining days, and reporting on the current state of the Secret Service. The agency has been rocked by reports of serious security lapses, both at the White House and in the field as agents traveled with the president. The reporting–led by The Washington Post‘s Carol Leonnig–forced the director of the Secret Service to step down on October 1. “Hats off to The Washington Post, which has done, in my humble opinion, Pulitzer-level reporting on this story,” Rather told us.

Rather’s at work on his next AXS-TV special, “Dan Rather Presents: A Crisis Inside The Secret Service,” which debuts November 18th. Is the agency doing its job to protect the president? “I think the public should be concerned,” Rather said. “The facts speak pretty loudly here.” Rather’s reporting includes talking to contacts inside the agency, and an interview with Ralph Basham (pictured, above, with Rather outside the White House), a former director of the Secret Service.
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Carl Bernstein: ‘There’s a Lack of Leadership in News’

Bernstein panelCarl Bernstein says the news industry today doesn’t have “courageous leadership.” Bernstein, half of that famous duo who broke open the Watergate story, which led to the resignation of President Nixon 40 years ago Friday, says corporate profit has gotten in the way of good news judgment.

Bernstein moderated a panel at the Paley Center last night to promote the final installment of CNN’s “The Sixties.” “Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘N’ Roll” debuts tomorrow at 9pmET.

Bernstein says “There’s a lack of leadership in news,” citing Walter Cronkite and CBS president at the time Bill Paley — for whom the Paley Center is named — who dedicated half of the “CBS Evening News” to the Watergate scandal the day it broke, and another big chunk of time the next night.

“That was real leadership what Cronkite did there,” he said. “[Paley] let his news division at CBS operate without making a profit. The three networks insist the news divisions need to operate at the same profit margins rather than say, ‘hey we have a public responsibility here.’”

TVNewser attended the panel discussion which also included Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills & Nash and “Tonight Show” bandleader Questlove.

Bernstein also reflected how the rise of cable news has impacted viewers. “There are fewer people open minded to the best attainable version of the truth. They’re looking increasingly for information as ammunition, to fit into their already preconceived ideologies, notions, politics, and religious beliefs.”

In Profile: Pelley, Bartiromo

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley does a Q+A with The Hill:

Pelley304What did you want to be when you were a kid? An astronaut, oh, without question. That was what it was all about when I was growing up in the mid-’60s. … I would write NASA letters and they would send me back 8-by-10-inch color glossies of the astronauts that were flying, and I built model rockets and replicas of the rockets that we were flying. And I’ll never forget the night Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969. I shot pictures of it off our television screen watching Walter Cronkite do the coverage. I guess that was my introduction to journalism.

FBN anchor Maria Bartiromo talks to the Chicago Tribune about her favorite places to travel:

maria bartiromoQ. What’s a nice, low-key trip for you?

A. My husband and I go to Tucson, Arizona, and go to the Santa Catalina Mountains and hike. I love putting on my hiking boots and going into the wilderness. It takes me away and clears my head and helps me not be so busy and stressed. It’s so nice to make time to be in nature. That’s probably my favorite type of trip.

Watch 1964 CBS News Civil Rights Special

CBSNewsCivilRightsAs part of the ramp up to this week’s special, “CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights,” the network has posted the 1964 broadcast “The Search in Mississippi” on CBSNews.com. Anchored by Walter Cronkite, the report followed the disappearance of three civil rights workers. Thursday’s live interactive event will be broadcast on CBS’s Smithsonian Channel and on CBSNews.com Thursday at 8pmET.

 

The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

Chris Wallace: Cronkite ‘Would Not Be Happy’ With the State of the Evening Newscasts

chris wallace“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace does a Q+A with The Chicago Sun Times about his 50 years in broadcasting, the lessons he learned from his father Mike Wallace, and the general state of the news media:

Q: You are the only person who has had an anchoring role on two Sunday morning news shows. How do you see the role of the Sunday morning shows and how that’s evolved?

A: The reason it’s such a joy to be the anchor of a Sunday news show is that unlike in so much of the news business you have to almost apologize for being serious — for talking about policy. There’s a pressure to get off it as quickly as possible. The Sunday morning shows are the places were policy and serious subjects and in-depth interviews are desirable. That’s why people tune in to a Sunday talk show. You can talk in depth, you can talk seriously about issues. It’s more about light than heat, and you make no apologies for it. It’s sort of a self-selecting audience. It’s an audience that doesn’t want stunts, doesn’t want flash, they want a serious discussion of issues by serious people. It’s a joy to be presiding over that.

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‘Evening News’ Director Eric Shapiro Retires After 51 Years at CBS

Eric Shapiro and Jeff FagerVeteran CBS News director Eric Shapiro will direct his last “Evening News” broadcast tonight — 51 years to the day after he first joined the network as a mail room employee.

CBS News staffers gathered for a champagne toast honoring Shapiro after “Evening News” Thursday night. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley were on hand to praise the veteran director, who has worked with every anchor since Walter Cronkite and has directed all of the network’s political coverage since 1992.

“I can’t possibly have had a more exciting and gratifying career. I have been to some amazing places and have met many fascinating people along the way. I have witnessed first-hand television news’s coming of age (along with my own!),” Shapiro wrote in a goodbye note to CBS staffers. “But the most satisfying part for me has been the honor and privilege of working with all of you…the most talented and professional journalists, broadcasters and craftspeople in our industry.”

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N.S. Bienstock Acquired by United Talent Agency

BienstockN.S. Bienstock, one of the nation’s biggest and most well-known agencies for TV news talent, has been acquired by United Talent Agency (UTA). Bienstock agents represent more than 600 TV news anchors, reporters and producers including Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Megyn Kelly, Bob Scheiffer, Norah O’Donnell, David Muir, Glenn Beck, and Lara Logan.

N.S. Bienstock founders and co-presidents Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper will remain co-presidents of the company, managing day-to-day operations.

“Aligning with UTA and utilizing their global reach and resources while still retaining our personal touch is a significant step forward in the growth and evolution of N.S. Bienstock,” says Leibner.

UTA represents talent from the worlds of movies, television, digital media, video games, books, music and theatre. UTA will now be the largest agency in the TV news space.

Nate Bienstock started N.S. Bienstock in the 1940s as a life insurance business. His client list included a number of journalists, including Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid. Richard Leibner’s father Sol, bought into (and later bought) the business and, as TV news began to take off, Richard Liebner began negotiating contracts for clients. Liebner married Carole Cooper in 1964. She joined the firm and became an agent in 1976.

Full news release after the jump…

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Andrea Mitchell to Receive National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award

andrea mitchellNBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell will receive the 2013 Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s prize for a journalist “who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence,” tonight in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell recently celebrated her 35th anniversary with NBC News. In a statement, she said receiving the award is “an incredible honor, made even more meaningful because this award began with the late Walter Cronkite and has subsequently been conferred upon my friend and colleague Tom Brokaw. I am humbled to have been selected to join such giants of our profession.”

In addition to Cronkite and Brokaw, previous winners include Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour and David Broder.

Robin Roberts Gets Standing Ovation at Peabody Awards

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts received a standing ovation as she accepted her George Foster Peabody Award Monday. Roberts is the first journalist since Walter Cronkite to get a standing ovation at the awards lunch, held annually at the Waldorf Astoria.

Roberts, pictured here with ABC News president Ben Sherwood, was honored for reports on her bone marrow transplant, which successfully raised awareness for Be the Match, an organization that registers potential bone marrow donors.

“As journalists we want to cover stories that cause a reaction that leads to action,” Roberts said in her speech. “We had no idea chronicling my journey would cause such a catalyst for action … many becoming bone marrow donors.”

Scott Pelley emceed the event. CBS News, PBS and CNN were among this year’s other winners.

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