When Will CBS Do More Than Apologize?

Nov 12, 2013

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Once again we start the week with a show that we planned on the fly based on stories that grabbed us over the weekend. 

We'll probably spend the most time on the terse apology issued by CBS and 60 Minutes for an October 27 report on the Benghazi attack. CBS based its report heavily on interviews with a private contractor who said he was there, in the thick of the fighting around the embassy. It now appears that he was not there and that there were plenty of red flags that should have raised doubts about him. He's also publishing a book about his exploits with an imprint owned by CBS.

NPR's Eric Deggans will be part of that discussion, but we also asked Eric what he wants to talk about. We'll hear the topics he picked and a linguistic study suggesting that "huh?" is a universal exclamation. 

Please leave your comments below, email us at colin@wnpr.org, or tweet us @wnprcollin. 


  • Jay Rosen is on the Journalism faculty at NYU and is the author of PressThink, a blog about journalism. You can follow him on twitter @jayrosen_nyu
  • Eric Deggans is NPR's TV critic and a correspondent. You can follow him on twitter @Deggans
  • Professor Nick Enfield is a linguistic anthropologist from the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands