November 17, 1995 |
A prominent First Amendment attorney who had been critical of CBS' decision not to air an interview with a former tobacco company executive on "60 Minutes" said that new disclosures about agreements made between CBS and the subject altered his opinion about the matter. "Based on the new information, it appears that CBS faced serious exposure to a lawsuit," said Victor A. Kovner, an attorney who has represented many media companies in First Amendment cases.
May 9, 1990 |
Applause thundered through the hotel ballroom. The speaker at the podium was Andy Rooney. The Andy Rooney. Remember? Accused of slurring blacks--denied it. Accused of slurring gays--acknowledged it. Suspended by CBS for three months and deleted from "60 Minutes." Reinstated by CBS after three weeks and returned to "60 Minutes." Andy Rooney, landing on his feet. It's impossible to assess merely from watching "60 Minutes" how America regards the post-Rooneygate Rooney.
March 11, 1999 |
More than 70 doctors sent a letter to CBS criticizing a "60 Minutes" report which suggested that Matthew Eappen was strangled, not shaken and slammed by his au pair, as prosecutors contend. The CBS program reported Sunday that two doctors believe the 8-month-old baby was strangled up to two days before he was hospitalized on Feb. 4, 1997. Lawyers for au pair Louise Woodward said they may seek a retrial; prosecutors said there is no evidence to warrant one.
May 11, 1998 |
NBC has made "Dateline NBC" its transportable fast-food franchise, and ABC hopes to do the same with "20/20." So naturally there's buzz at CBS for adding another night of charismatic "60 Minutes," whose set of new faces possibly would include Bryant Gumbel, now that his own magazine series on that network appears on the rocks.
November 18, 1995 |
The controversy over the "60 Minutes" tobacco-industry interview that did not air is causing dissent and unhappiness among the newsmagazine staff and elsewhere at CBS. Executive producer Don Hewitt and correspondent Mike Wallace have exchanged angry words about the story, as have Hewitt and correspondent Morley Safer.
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December 24, 1987 |
A Los Angeles-area dentist filed suit Wednesday to bar the scheduled Sunday broadcast of a "60 Minutes" interview that he contends he was deceived into granting. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court, Dr. Howard M. Stein claims that he agreed to be interviewed by CBS television reporter Diane Sawyer only after a "60 Minutes" producer promised him that it would not be a "hatchet job" or an "ambush."
December 10, 1998 |
Retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on murder charges based largely on a video he supplied to "60 Minutes" that appears to show him giving a terminally ill man a lethal injection. "The intent to kill was premeditated," District Judge Phyllis McMillen ruled after a preliminary hearing on the charges. She also ordered Kevorkian to stand trial on charges of assisted suicide and delivering a controlled substance. No trial date was set.
February 28, 1990 |
Executive producer Don Hewitt posted a notice on the bulletin board in the "60 Minutes" offices Tuesday attributing the magazine's unexpected drop in the ratings this week in part to the absence of commentator Andy Rooney and saying that Rooney "will soon be coming back" to the CBS News program.
November 11, 2006 |
"60 Minutes" will give its late correspondent Ed Bradley a send-off on Sunday with an hourlong tribute that features interviews with close friends and a solo by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. Bradley, a 26-year veteran of the CBS newsmagazine, died Thursday of complications from leukemia. Sunday's special includes Steve Kroft's interviews with some of Bradley's closest friends, musician Jimmy Buffett, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Marsalis.
January 30, 1996 |
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. received permission Monday to seek sworn depositions from "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace and other CBS employees who interviewed whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand. Lawyers for the Louisville, Ky.