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Rather & Mapes Win Peabody Award for Abu Ghraib Abuse Story
MRC ^ | Monday April 11, 2005 | BrentBaker

Posted on 04/11/2005 11:02:33 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, the reporter/producer team behind the discredited Bush National Guard hit job, won a prestigious Peabody Award last Thursday for their Abu Ghraib story which aired earlier last year on 60 Minutes II. The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication issues the awards every year and Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards, insisted to the New York Times: "It was one of the most important stories of the year and was one of the crucial components of the ongoing conflict in Iraq." Mapes, who was fired by CBS over the Bush story, told the New York Times: "I think there is at least context here, if not vindication. And I am happy for my colleagues at CBS."

The entry about CBS in Peabody's list of winners:

"60 Minutes II: Abuse at Abu Ghraib CBS News 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."

For the full list of winners: www.peabody.uga.edu

For the April 7 press release from the Peabody committee, "64th Annual Peabody Awards winners announced: Morley Safer to Host Awards Ceremony on May 16 at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria," go to: www.peabody.uga.edu

An excerpt from an April 8 New York Times article by David Carr:

....But it was the award to "60 Minutes II" that set tongues wagging because of the recent controversy that led to Ms. Mapes's firing and Mr. Rather's early departure. (He continues to work for CBS as a reporter.) Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards, said that in this instance, an award is just an award.

The prison story "stands on its own merits," he said. "It was one of the most important stories of the year and was one of the crucial components of the ongoing conflict in Iraq."

Susan Stewart, a television critic with TV Guide and one of the judges of the awards, concurred.

"I have been participating in these awards for a number of years, and there is never any agenda; it is a pure process," she said. "Now, we don't operate in a vacuum and you can't turn your brain off, but the process of judging the work is separate from any other consideration."

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. "

Ms. Mapes, who...is writing a book about the controversy created by the report on the president's National Guard service, said she got a call from Mr. Rather yesterday, one she received with a fair amount of trepidation.

"He said, 'I have some news for you,' and I said, 'Now what?' " Mr. Rather related the happy news that their Abu Ghraib collaboration had received one of broadcasting's highest distinctions. Ms. Mapes described the experience as bittersweet, "but more sweet than bitter."

"I was happy to get the news, especially from someone I love and respect so much," she said. "I think there is at least context here, if not vindication. And I am happy for my colleagues at CBS. I have always tried to separate the people who flicked me like a piece of lint off their shoulder when things were tough and the people that I worked with, who I remain very proud of."

While Mr. Rather may have called Ms. Mapes with the news, he chose to issue a very formal statement -- no Rather-isms to mark the honor -- instead of being interviewed.

"Each of us who worked on the Abu Ghraib story for CBS News is deeply and humbly appreciative to the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and to its advisory board of judges, for honoring the report with a Peabody Award," the statement said....

End of Excerpt

For the story in full: www.nytimes.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 60minutesii; abughraib; award; bush; cbs; cbsnews; davidcarr; horacenewcomb; journalism; marymapes; peabodyaward; rather; susanstewart; uggradycollege
Personal Peabody Award winners over the years have included Rod Serling, Walter Cronkite, Orson Welles, Studs Terkel,Tom Brokaw,Bill Moyers,Mel Karmazin President of MTV, MTV2 & MTV Films, Charles Kurault, Norman Lear, Pauline Fredrick, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Christiane Amanpour.

64th Annual Peabody Winners.

1 posted on 04/11/2005 11:02:34 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

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a prestigious Peabody Award
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Prestigious? Ha, . . . ha ha ha ha HA HA HA HA HA HA, . . . oh, my, . . . ha, ha, ha ha, . . . ha gawd, . . ha ha ha.


2 posted on 04/11/2005 11:04:40 AM PDT by noblejones
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To: fight_truth_decay

Apparently, those Peabody people want to make sure we know where they stand.


3 posted on 04/11/2005 11:05:23 AM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: noblejones

Name should be changed to PeaBrain Award


5 posted on 04/11/2005 11:07:01 AM PDT by MudSlide
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To: noblejones

Name should be changed to PeaBrain Award


6 posted on 04/11/2005 11:07:04 AM PDT by MudSlide
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To: fight_truth_decay
Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, the reporter/producer team behind the discredited Bush National Guard hit job, won a prestigious Peabody Award last Thursday for their Abu Ghraib story which aired earlier last year on 60 Minutes II.

If the award was ever truly prestigious, I think this has removed any prestige it may have had.

7 posted on 04/11/2005 11:09:18 AM PDT by Anti-MSM (The war on terror....NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

No. No this can't be. You're kidding, right?


8 posted on 04/11/2005 11:10:10 AM PDT by Petronski (I thank God Almighty for a most remarkable blessing: John Paul the Great.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
. . . and Carter got the Nobel Peace Prize.

Since Abu Ghraib was FAR from a crucial story, I guess this shows that those handing out awards are simply interested in rewarding those who actively and deceitfully embarrass the Bush administration.
9 posted on 04/11/2005 11:10:16 AM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: newgeezer
Apparently, those Peabody people want to make sure we know where they stand.

Just like the Nobel people.

10 posted on 04/11/2005 11:10:33 AM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Here's their Peabody Award! LMAO
11 posted on 04/11/2005 11:10:40 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: noblejones

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a prestigious Peabody Award
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Prestigious? Ha, . . . ha ha ha ha HA HA HA HA HA HA, . . . oh, my, . . . ha, ha, ha ha, . . . ha gawd, . . ha ha ha.
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Maybe it USED TO BE prestigious. Didn't Arafat win the nobel peace prize?

You can judge an award by it's company, not the other way around.


12 posted on 04/11/2005 11:11:15 AM PDT by RobRoy (Child support and maintenence (alimony) are what we used to call indentured slavery)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Being a Georgian, I try to be loyal to UGA, but just have to mention that they do a loootttt of drinking up in Athens.


13 posted on 04/11/2005 11:13:10 AM PDT by peacebaby (somewhere at the beach there's an empty chair just waiting for me.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Peabody award? Never heard of it. Does it mean their body is shaped like a pea?


14 posted on 04/11/2005 11:15:16 AM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: noblejones
Dan Rather and Mary Mapes,.... won a prestigious Peabody Award last Thursday for their Abu Ghraib story which aired earlier last year on 60 Minutes II.

Yawnnnn...give'm the nobel peace prize too...yaaaawnnnn...

FMCDH(BITS)

15 posted on 04/11/2005 11:17:53 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: fight_truth_decay

In keeping with the Headlines as Ripley's candidates theme..


16 posted on 04/11/2005 11:23:22 AM PDT by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Peebuddy?

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17 posted on 04/11/2005 11:24:13 AM PDT by b4its2late (Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.)
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To: noblejones

18 posted on 04/11/2005 11:24:44 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Very strange award, you have to walk up backwards to receive it behind your back.


19 posted on 04/11/2005 11:26:14 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne
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To: advance_copy

No, But they do smell like it. lol


20 posted on 04/11/2005 11:27:05 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne
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To: fight_truth_decay

Wonder how much Maples Rather CBS etal forked out for this "award?"


21 posted on 04/11/2005 11:27:38 AM PDT by peacebaby (somewhere at the beach there's an empty chair just waiting for me.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Absoluterly unbelievable.


22 posted on 04/11/2005 11:29:00 AM PDT by rod1
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To: fight_truth_decay

What a hoot! So much for the credibility of the Peabody Awards.


23 posted on 04/11/2005 11:29:27 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: peacebaby

The funny thing here...is that neither work at CBS any longer...and their jounalism strength...was challenged and proven faulty. For any journalist organization to dump an award on their feet...lessens the impact and the value of the award. What you may end up seeing...at the dinner which is held to hand out the award...will be a lack of major characters from CBS. I doubt if any of Dan's old buddies will be standing in the audience. And don't count on Mapes claiming this in any resume soon.


24 posted on 04/11/2005 11:31:59 AM PDT by pepsionice
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Thanks for the info on how the insides of how this journalism award business works.

Something just tells me someone's been working under the table to get kudos for these disgraced people to lessen the disgrace. Don't think it'll work. Dan Rather's days are numbered.


25 posted on 04/11/2005 11:37:59 AM PDT by peacebaby (somewhere at the beach there's an empty chair just waiting for me.)
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To: noblejones

They should change the name of the award to the Peabrain Award.


26 posted on 04/11/2005 11:46:49 AM PDT by Che Chihuahua (Liberals are Satan's useful idiots.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

So they issue awards for fake news stories based on fake documents.

John Stewart's fake news show also has won a Peabody Award, which shows that fake news has come into its own. Between Rather and Stewart, I prefer Stewart.


27 posted on 04/11/2005 11:53:13 AM PDT by marron
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To: fight_truth_decay

< ...airing for the first time the photographs of American soldiers and abused Iraqi prisoners that shocked the world. >

No shock here. Stupid to get caught, but no shock.


28 posted on 04/11/2005 11:59:59 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (...stumbling across Bill Bennett on the radio is like bumping into Socrates at Starbucks.-K.Parker)
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To: fight_truth_decay

The Peabody Awards are soon going the way of the Nobel...the what? and...who cares?


29 posted on 04/11/2005 12:01:05 PM PDT by GOP_Proud (...stumbling across Bill Bennett on the radio is like bumping into Socrates at Starbucks.-K.Parker)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, the reporter/producer team behind the discredited Bush National Guard hit job, won a prestigious Peabody Award

If the Peabody Award was "prestigious" before, it isn't now.

30 posted on 04/11/2005 12:08:39 PM PDT by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: newgeezer
"Apparently, those Peabody people want to make sure we know where they stand."

. . .and letting us know, for certain. . .where they think we stand.

31 posted on 04/11/2005 12:18:34 PM PDT by cricket (Just say - NO U.N.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Mapes, who was fired by CBS over the Bush story, told the New York Times: "I think there is at least context here, if not vindication.

Why should an award for a different story be any sort of "vindication" for utilizing forged documents in an effort to bias the result of a presidential election? She should be in jail for that effort...this award just shows how valueless the Peabody award is.

32 posted on 04/11/2005 1:17:37 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Anti-MSM
If the award was ever truly prestigious, I think this has removed any prestige it may have had.

As did the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat and Jimmy Carter (not for anything he accomplished -- continuing his streak started in 1976 -- but because globetrotted bashing Bush whenever possible).

On top of that, with her every column, Maureen Dowd continues to devalue the significance of the Pulitzer Prize.

We could start a list along these lines. Let me throw these out: The "Best New Artist" Grammy, ruined by Milli Vanilli (a reminder came this year with Maroon 5 winning that category); Golden Globe Award, Pia Zadora for "Best New Talent"; "Best Supporting Actress" Academy Award, Marisa Tomei (she was good in My Cousin Vinny, but COME ON!)...

33 posted on 04/11/2005 3:40:58 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Honestly - would anybody be surprised if it was revealed George Felos is a necrophiliac?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

"Personal Peabody Award winners over the years have included Rod Serling, Walter Cronkite, Orson Welles, Studs Terkel,Tom Brokaw,Bill Moyers,Mel Karmazin President of MTV, MTV2 & MTV Films, Charles Kurault, Norman Lear, Pauline Fredrick, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Christiane Amanpour."

What a gallery of rogues.

Well, I don't know about Welles and Serling, but the rest of them could knock a buzzard off a meat wagon with a single nostrum.


34 posted on 04/11/2005 10:10:53 PM PDT by dsc
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To: L.N. Smithee

"Academy Award"

Didn't they just give some kind of award to bail-jumping rapist Roman Polanski?


35 posted on 04/11/2005 10:14:28 PM PDT by dsc
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To: fight_truth_decay

like the Nobel Peace prize, just another award that is worth nothing because liberals have turned it into a reward not for merit and doing good, but for being a foaming mouthed liberal.

Just see my tagline>>>>


36 posted on 05/17/2005 7:44:23 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (Liberals have the inverse midas touch, everything they get a hold of turns to S&*%)
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