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The movie “Truth” opens this weekend. It tells the story of a now-infamous report by Dan Rather, then with CBS, that explored and questioned the military record of former President George W. Bush and his service in the Texas National Guard that kept him from being sent to Vietnam. The movie stars Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’ bestseller “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power.”

Dan Rather discussed the incident at the heart of “Truth” as well as the state of journalism in an archived interview with Essential Pittsburgh host Paul Guggenheimer on March 19, 2014.

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While NBC has suspended anchor Brian Williams for six months for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq war, he could still return to the Nightly News desk later this year, but should he?  

Jeff Ritter, Chair of Communications, Media and Technology at La Roche College, and journalist Carmen Gentile, who has covered conflicts and unrest in the Middle East, offer their perspectives on media, journalistic practice and public esteem.

Gentile, who was hit with a rocket propelled grenade while he was covering conflict in Afghanistan, admits that he feels “enraged” with Williams for his dishonesty, and he has articulated his anger in a recent op-ed. Williams, after all, falsely claimed to have experienced precisely what Gentile actually did experience: being hit with an ordnance while covering war.

The Media’s Role in Ferguson

Nov 25, 2014
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We close our discussion of the Ferguson decision with Jeff Ritter, Department Chair of Communications at La Roche College. He explains how social media has been an amplifier of positive and negative information throughout the proceedings.

Bob Herbert on How We’re “Losing Our Way”

Oct 7, 2014
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For nearly 20 years Bob Herbert was an award-winning columnist for the New York Times. His book, titled "Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, " chronicles ordinary Americans struggling for survival in a nation that has lost its way. We’ll talk with Bob Herbert prior to his upcoming appearance at Carnegie Mellon University’s McConomy Auditorium on Thursday, October 9 and discover the Pittsburgh ties to the book.

Herbert’s book centers on the idea that the United States has been heading in the wrong direction when it comes to the economy and the stakes of ordinary people. In the face of “perpetual war and economic decline,” Herbert stresses, leadership in America seems unwilling or unable to make forward progress.  Part of the problem, Herbert argues, is that America’s leadership has become preoccupied with short-term thinking. 

A Look at the Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Eleanor Schano

May 29, 2014

Eleanor Schano, a pioneering broadcaster in Pittsburgh, was the first female commercial announcer, the first television “weather girl” and the first female news reporter, mainly working on WDTV before it became KDKA.

She explains some of her early desires to be a reporter in her autobiography, Riding the Waves, The Life and Televised Times of Eleanor Schano.

“I always wanted to be a reporter, from the time I was six years old," Schano said "There was a comic strip when I was a kid that was called Brenda Starr, Girl Reporter. So here's this little kid growing up and I'm going to be Brenda Starr. So I would take my daddy's yellow flashlight, and while other kids were playing tag, I would gather up the neighborhood kids and I'm going to interview them. And I asked tough questions. ‘Who do you like more your mother or your father?’”

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In 2008 a longtime informant with the Philadelphia Police Department narcotics squad walked into the offices of the Philadelphia Daily News.

He spoke with Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, resulting in a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative series uncovering corruption in the city's police department, and a full-scale FBI probe.

The events are chronicled in the book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.

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Legendary broadcast journalist Dan Rather worked for CBS News for 44 years and anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 of those years.

He is now the managing editor and anchor of the cable television news magazine Dan Rather Reports. In 2012, he released a best-selling book on his life and the state of journalism today, Rather Outspoken.

Rather was particularly outspoken about the 3 ways he's seen standards drop in the craft of journalism: