Rooney: Days of CBS News as “Paragon of Journalistic Virtue” Are “Gone”

<p><img hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="media/2006-04-12-FNC-FoxandFriends.jpg" />Wow, the CBS Christmas parties are sure going to be fun. Veteran commentator Andy Rooney recently amended his <a href="node/4774">earlier comments</a> about designated <em>Evening News </em>anchor Katie Couric. I don’t think these statements will be popular over at CBS either: </p><b><blockquote style="margin-right: 0px;" dir="ltr"><p>Rooney: &quot;I have this ancient view of CBS News as a paragon of journalistic virtue, and that time is gone.&quot; </p></blockquote></b><p>The most charitable way to characterize that statement would be as a backhanded compliment. <!--break-->In an interview with <a href="http://www.tvweek.com/lockland.cms?articleId=29623">TV Week</a>, (registration required) Mr. Rooney went on to say that he realizes this is a &quot;skewed vision.&quot; He also added, &quot;I ought to get over it. I mean, there are people who can do television other then Walter Cronkite and I should be ready to admit that.&quot; Rooney’s latest comments were picked up and reported on the April 12 edition of <i>Fox and Friends First</i>, airing at 6:41AM EDT.</p><p>The CBS veteran also stated, &quot;I guess if I had it to say over again, I’d be a little softer with it. I like this woman and I think she’s very good.&quot; Well, there you go. That should make those accidental meetings between Rooney and Couric on the set of <i>60 Minutes </i>a little less awkward.</p>

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org