May 7, 2003 |
The "point-counterpoint" face-off between former President Bill Clinton and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole on CBS News' "60 Minutes" was announced as a 10-week deal, and it's looking like the deal may end there. The two-minute segments, which are unusual in bringing a former U.S. president to a regular slot on television, launched to great media attention March 9.
March 11, 2003 |
The revival of a "Point-Counterpoint"-style debate featuring 1996 presidential rivals Bill Clinton and Bob Dole yielded "60 Minutes' " second-biggest audience this season, based on preliminary viewing estimates for Sunday. The venerable newsmagazine clocked in at nearly 17 million viewers, 17% above the program's average this season. Clinton and Dole's widely publicized appearance aired in the middle of the broadcast, with the two-minute segments scheduled to run at least 10 weeks.
March 10, 2003 |
Former President Clinton, in his first televised mini-debate with Republican Bob Dole, said Sunday that a tax cut at a time when war is looming in Iraq is "bad economics." Dole, Clinton's opponent in the 1996 election, said the Bush administration has started a global war to protect the American way of life, "which means, among other things, the freedom to save or invest our own money."
March 7, 2003 |
Former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and former California Democratic party leader Bill Press usually argue opposite points of view on their midday show on MSNBC. But Thursday they were in agreement: It is a bad idea for President Bill Clinton to join their politician-turned-pundit ranks.
February 3, 2003 |
Jeff Fager lives in a place that CBS colleagues of the heir apparent to run "60 Minutes" jokingly refer to as "FagerWorld." It's a place of happy families and enchanted careers, "where even the in-laws are beautiful," says Fager's boss, CBS News President Andrew Heyward, and "your show gets a time period move and the ratings go up instead of down." Now he's been given the job of running the oldest, most influential of TV news magazines.
January 28, 2003 |
Don Hewitt, who changed the news business 35 years ago when he created the first prime time newsmagazine, CBS' "60 Minutes," agreed to give up his tenacious control of the program he's been running ever since, but not for another 18 months. Hewitt, 80, will then take on a new CBS News job that the legendary newsman said will give him an even broader role at the network, which he had complained had been trying to push him out.
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August 25, 2001 |
Do Islamic suicide bombers blow themselves to bits in order to enjoy paradise with 70 virgins? Such motivations are frequently cited in news reports on bombers, and frequently denied as authentic tradition by Islamic scholars, who complain that the image is bandied about to dehumanize Muslims.
March 26, 1999 |
Looking rumpled and grandfatherly in his $3 gray thrift-store suit, Jack Kevorkian stood before a jury here Thursday and made what was perhaps the strongest defense argument of his murder trial. "Just look at me," he said, lifting his arms slightly. "Just look at me. Do you see a murderer?" Half an hour later, the panel left the courtroom to decide the fate of the retired pathologist in a murder trial that could prove the end of his decade-long crusade for physician-assisted suicide.
March 23, 1999 |
Comparing himself to a reluctant executioner, retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian went on trial for first-degree murder Monday, telling the jury that when he injected a man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with a fatal drug cocktail, he was merely carrying out his duty as a physician. "To have a crime, you need a vicious will and a vicious act," Kevorkian, who is acting as his own attorney, told the jury in Pontiac, Mich. "What I did for Thomas Youk was not a crime and was not murder."
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.