Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Former president of CBS News Andrew Heyward is seen, right, in this file photo.
CBS News today named Sean McManus, head of CBS Sports, as its news chief, replacing Heyward, whose tenure was marred by controversy over a discredited report on President Bush.
Reliable sources said today Heyward's resignation comes under the impending pressures of revelations within the Mary Mapes book coming out Nov. 8, and reported documentation that Heyward had invoked his role as senior executive producer in making all decisions including the offering of a deal to its primary source, Texas Air National Guard LTC Bill Burkett (ret'd); preliminary discussions with the NY Times to partner on the story; directing the staff including producer Mapes and anchor Dan Rather to combine a story on former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, related to getting George W. Bush into the Guard, and the "memos" story and "crashing" them in order to deconflict a scheduling situation with a Dr. Phil special; approval of the strategy for a White House interview including benching Dan Rather in favor of John Roberts; personal approval of the story after editing and approval for final airing, etc. None of these details reportedly were told the VIACOM panel which claimed to have fully investigated the CBS memos story. Heyward further reportedly signed alongside Betsy West, Josh Howard and Mary Mapes a statement prior to the September 8, 2004, airing of the CBS memos expose that they felt all journalistic principles had been met.
Submitted by Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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