I for one would love to read James Vanderbilt‘s forthcoming screen adaptation of “Truth And Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power,” the 2005 book by former CBS News producer Mary Mapes about the big 60 Minutes II brouhaha that hurt CBS news anchor Dan Rather when he and Mapes produced a story four years ago about President George W. Bush‘s…er, activities in the Texas Air National Guard. It eventually led to Mapes getting bounced from the network and Rather taking an early retirement.
“This was a corporate, political, and public relations operation,” Mapes has been quoted saying by the N.Y. Observer, “designed to take the heat off and allow Viacom to walk away unscathed, unencumbered by lingering anger from the White House or the various Republican-dominated committees that the corporation lobbied constantly.”