Sunday, September 09, 2018

CBS Sunday Morning on 9 September 2018 does Woodward/Fear, but not as the cover story

In an episode with the first on-air TV interview with Woodward about Fear, CBS Sunday Morning on 9 Sept 2018 led off with a one year old puff piece by Susan Spencer Why parents opt for unusual baby names , recycled from a broadcast on on September 24, 2017. The "highlight" was about a boy named Billion Ayer, and got into the theory of "nominative determinism." Jane Pauley did not refer to this as the cover story, although the web version does so state --WHAT'S IN A NAME is our Cover Story, reported by Susan Spencer --. It might appear that this puff piece was shoved in front while work was still being done on the interview of Woodward by David Martin.

Almanac went to Sept. 9, 1942, marking a bombing raid by a Japanese fighter on Wheeler Ridge on Mount Emily near Brookings, Oregon. The later return of pilot Nobuo Fujita to Brookings was noted. The CBS piece did not note that the I-25 submarine which launched Fujita's seaplane was involved in Pearl Harbor and later sank a Soviet submarine, at a time when the Soviets and Japan were not at war.

Two "inserts" on Sunday Morning observed the anniversary of California statehood in 1850, and a survey finding that 58% of respondents did not have a bucket list.

The Woodward piece appeared later in the broadcast. The first text in the interview created an aura of fear:

Woodward: "You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, 'Let's hope to God we don't have a crisis.'"

The final text of the piece:

[of the New York Times op-ed:] "Well, too vague, and does not meet the standards of trying to describe specific incidents. Specific incidents are the building blocks of journalism, as you well know."

"Fear: Trump in the White House" is Woodward's 19th book, and he says reporting it took him deeper inside a working White House than he's ever been before.

"This one was in the belly of the beast," he said.

Martin asked, "And what did you conclude about the beast?"

"That people better wake up to what's going on."

The CBS piece did note: "Fear: Trump in the White House" (published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS)


The moment of nature had black bears in Alligator River Refuge in eastern North Carolina.



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