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Sunday, July 10, 2005
Rupert Murdoch, 74, steps out with daughter Grace, 3
Mood:  special
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch, 74, with daughter Grace, 3, at Sun Valley resort in Idaho. >>>>>

Murdoch steps out with Grace

Just another pretty-in-pink American pre-school heiress hand in hand with her septuagenarian billionaire dad.

This image of former Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 74, with daughter Grace, 3, is a rare glimpse of Murdoch the family man at Sun Valley, Idaho, attending the annual Allen and Co. investment bank retreat for international media players, investors and technology gurus.

Murdoch, who has six children by three wives, including another daughter younger than Grace, is rarely interviewed and has said little publicly about his third marriage, to Wendi Deng, the dynamic former employee of his Asian satellite TV company, STAR TV.

Since their wedding in 1998, Ms Deng, a tall, enigmatic Chinese woman who was a vice-president at STAR in Hong Kong just two years after completing an MBA at Yale, has had two children - Grace, who was born in November 2001, and Chloe, who is nearly two.

The transition from a long marriage to Anna Murdoch, a former reporter at Sydney's Daily Mirror whom Murdoch wooed and married in 1967, to a new wife was achieved with barely a disturbance to Mr Murdoch's company, which has revenue of $30 billion. Anna stepped down from the News Corporation board and quietly remarried someone around her own age, while Rupert embarked on a third marriage with a woman 36 years his junior.

Soon after his wedding to Ms Deng, Mr Murdoch - who is physically fit but looks his age and suffers hearing loss - was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. Now, more than four years in remission, he has given no hint of wanting to step down from his position as the world's most powerful media figure.

The arrival of two more children, Grace and Chloe, into the Murdoch dynasty has done nothing to clarify the lines of succession in this family-dominated public company. Mr Murdoch's obvious immediate successor is son Lachlan - whose own son, Kalan, is barely younger than Murdoch's latest children - but James and Elisabeth from Murdoch's marriage to Anna are still in the wings, and his first-born, Prue MacLeod, recently took up a position on the board of Advertiser Newspapers in Adelaide, replacing Mr Murdoch's sister, Helen Handbury, who died in November.

The Age ~ Penelope Debelle ** Murdoch steps out with Grace

Posted by uhyw at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2005 3:28 AM EDT
Klein's 'Truth About Hillary' Book Hits Furious N.Y. Times Best Seller List, Paper Pisses Lava
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Klein's 'Truth About Hillary' Hits N.Y. Times Again; Paper Lashes Out

Edward Klein's book "The Truth About Hillary" has made the New York Times best-seller list for the second week in a row - a development that has the Times book review spitting mad.

As NewsMax reported over a week ago, Klein debuted on the Times list this week in the No. 2 slot.

Despite an orchestrated campaign to keep Klein off major TV talk shows, NewsMax has learned that the best-selling author will be on the Times list next week as well, in the No. 4 position.

The liberal Gray Lady apparently doesn't like the fact that one of its own - Klein is former editor of the New York Times Magazine - penned a biting biography of one of the paper's icons, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Times has yet to review the book, but took the unusual step in Sunday's book section to publish a disclaimer attacking the book from pillar to post in a sidebar column adjacent to the best-seller list.

"'The Truth About Hillary' has united [no easy task] literary critics," Timesman Dwight Garner fumed, adding "it is easily this year's most vilified book."

Then Garner promptly joined in the vilification:

"Writing in the Book Review in 1988, Joyce Carol Oates coined the term 'pathography' to describe hatchet jobs like Klein's. Reading Oates's taxonomy of that genre today, it sounds as if she somehow had an advance copy of Klein's book rotting at her elbow."

Rotting?

Still - in what must have been a gut-wrenching admission for the paper - Garner lamented, "That hasn't stopped Klein's book from landing on beach blankets; it makes its debut at No. 2 on this week's hardcover nonfiction list."

The paper's vitriol against Klein contrasts with its first-class treatment of Kitty Kelley's works, including her recent hit book on the Bush family. Kelley's book on Nancy Reagan - in which Kelley alleged that Ronald Reagan engaged in date rape, among numerous other scurrilous allegations - made Page One coverage in the Times.

Shall we call that liberal "pathocoverage"?

Klein, a veteran journalist and editor with credentials well beyond anything Kelley has to offer, said he isn't bothered by the elite media's disdain for his book.

"My book's staying power on The Times list is testimony to the power of the Internet and conservative talk radio," he told NewsMax on Saturday. "The mainstream liberal media no longer have a monopoly on what's news and what isn't, and that's a healthy thing for America."

More healthy still, "The Truth About Hillary's" best-seller status shows that readers were willing to defy the media blockade orchestrated by the Clintons.

Hours after speaking to NewsMax, Klein told WABC Radio's Monica Crowley:

"Hillary and her people have called up ... all the TV networks and the newspapers and said to them that if you give Ed Klein exposure, we're not going to be very happy about it." The result: "I've been canceled on many of the TV shows that I was booked on," Klein said, "and have not had my book reviewed by any of the major media."

Klein appeared on Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes" the day his book was released on June 21, but the network quickly canceled three scheduled interviews with the author.

A wave of other cancellations followed, and CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and Sinclair Broadcasting's News Central were the only other programs to interview the author.

But the media censorship may be working in Klein's favor. Not only is his book a certified New York Times best seller, it also debuts this week on the Publisher's Weekly best-seller list in the No. 4 slot.

NewsMax.com ~ Carl Limbacher ** Klein's 'Truth About Hillary' Hits N.Y. Times Again; Paper Lashes Out

Posted by uhyw at 12:01 AM EDT
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Three Dems
Mood:  silly
Topic: Funny Stuff




Posted by uhyw at 1:35 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2005 9:31 PM EDT
California Dem Attorney General Files Lawsuit to Remove Redistricting Initiative From Ballot
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, a fruitcake, whacko dem who supports same-sex marriage among other textbook, talking point libtard bullshit... seems scared of relinquishing the jerry-mandered dem seats of power in the Cali state legislature.

Funny, seeing as how the link about gay marriage above is a story of how he thought the issue should've been decided by voters and not the courts.

California Attorney General Files Lawsuit to Remove Redistricting Initiative From Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a lawsuit Friday to remove Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's redistricting initiative from the November ballot, saying supporters violated the state Constitution when they significantly changed the measure's wording.

The measure asks voters to change the way district boundaries are drawn for members of Congress and the state Legislature, which is dominated by Democrats. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, wants to take redistricting power away from the state lawmakers and give it to a panel of retired judges, a process he said would create more competitive elections.

Lockyer, a Democrat, filed the lawsuit to block the initiative late Friday afternoon in Sacramento County court.

A spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger, Margita Thompson, said the measure should remain on the ballot.

"The discrepancies are minimal, and the governor believes the people should be allowed to vote on the initiative," she said. "We believe the courts will uphold the rights of the over 900,000 people who signed the petition to have the initiative placed on the ballot."

The redistricting measure is one of eight on the Nov. 8 special election ballot and one of three being pushed by Schwarzenegger. His others would cap state spending and extend the time it takes teachers to get tenure.

Lockyer said in a statement: "By opting to collect signatures on a ballot measure different from the text reviewed and approved by the attorney general, the proponents violated state law and deceived voters."

Lockyer said there were numerous substantive changes, including "language emphasizing the unique ability of judges to draw competitive districts, altering the method used to identify line-drawers and modifying assorted deadlines."

Tampa Bay Online ~ Associated Press - Brian Melley ** California Attorney General Files Lawsuit to Remove Redistricting Initiative From Ballot

Posted by uhyw at 1:13 AM EDT
Friday, July 8, 2005
The Reoccurring Nightmare Ted Kennedy Has Been Having For The Last Week
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Funny Stuff

Supreme Court Justices, post Sandra Day O'Connor




Posted by uhyw at 1:34 AM EDT
U.S. Budget Deficit Tumbles
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: News

U.S. Budget Deficit Tumbles, Congressional Analysts Say

WASHINGTON - Higher-than-expected tax receipts and the steadily growing economy have combined to produce an improved picture for the federal budget deficit, congressional analysts say.

The deficit for the current budget year, which runs through Sept. 30, should be "significantly less than $350 billion, perhaps below $325 billion," according to the Congressional Budget Office. The agency produces nonpartisan estimates for Congress and will put out a full update Aug. 15.

Thursday's new figures come as the White House is to release its midyear budget review July 13. Administration figures are also expected to show significant improvement from the $427 billion current-year deficit it predicted in January.

Last year's $412 billion deficit was a record in dollar terms, but economists say the more significant measure is against the size of the economy. In those terms, the current deficit picture - a $350 billion deficit for this year would equal 2.9 percent of gross domestic product - is significantly better than deficits witnessed in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Then, deficits of 4 percent to 6 percent of GDP were common.

The biggest factors for the improving deficit picture are higher tax receipts from corporations and individuals. The economy is performing slightly above earlier administration expectations.

Despite the improvement projected over the short term, neither the CBO nor the administration's Office of Management and Budget is expected to dramatically overhaul its long-term deficit projections, which show a steady decline in the level of red ink through the end of the decade but anticipate a spike in the deficit soon thereafter as the baby boom generation claims its retirement benefits.

"This is good, but let's try to figure out if there's anything permanent here," said CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

Still, the new numbers will make it easier for the White House to credibly claim it will meet its goal of cutting the deficit in half - from the $521 billion it originally predicted for fiscal 2004 - by the time President Bush leaves office. Budget watchdog groups like the bipartisan Concord Coalition say White House budget projections are suspect since they leave out long-term costs for the war in Iraq and other factors.

"The numbers are coming out better," said White House budget director Joshua B. Bolten in an interview last month. "We had projected a very steady path of decline of the deficit, especially as a percentage of GDP, which is the right way to judge it. Right now, we're doing better than hitting that target. They'll be better because we've gotten better revenues than we originally projected."

As it addresses the deficit, the White House has focused chiefly on clamping down on domestic programs whose budgets are appropriated every year by Congress. That's only about one-sixth of the overall budget, however. Congress is also planning a five-year, $35 billion cut from automatically budgeted programs such as Medicaid and farm subsidies.

"The long-term budget issues are the mandatory programs - Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Everything else is dwarfed by that," Holtz-Eakin said. He added that the current improvement in the deficit picture "looks like a pittance" when compared with the long-term liabilities.

Tampa Bay Online ~ Associated Press - Andrew Taylor ** U.S. Budget Deficit Tumbles, Congressional Analysts Say

Posted by uhyw at 1:19 AM EDT
North Korean propaganda film backfires
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

North Korean propaganda film backfires with hungry audiences

SEOUL - A North Korean propaganda film about the repatriation of a spy — Lee In-Mo — who had languished for years in a South Korean prison may have a short shelf life, according to defectors now living in the South.

"What we could not believe in the movie was that Lee and others were conducting hunger strikes in the prison," said one defector about the movie.

"Refusing to eat was a form of resistance in the South? Boy, South Korea must be a paradise. That's what we said among ourselves"

One of the first things South Korean President Kim Young-Sam did upon his inauguration in 1993 as the first popularly elected civilian president was to repatriate a long-term prisoner, Lee In-Mo, back to North Korea.

Lee, 76, was a North Korean spy dispatched during the early days of Korean War (1950-53) and became a partisan when he missed the chance to go back before the cease-fire agreement was signed. He was captured at the age of 33 and spent 42 years in South Korean prisons. When the government in Seoul released spies and partisans in exchange for letters rejecting communist ideology and pledges to become loyal South Korean citizens, Lee and 62 other communists refused and opted to remain in prison.

Lee was released for ill health and old age.

North Korea appears on the brink of famine — July 3

North Korea demanded his repatriation, but Seoul hesitated knowing that he would be used for propaganda against the South. After all, his was a case made to order for propaganda: faith in the socialist system, dedication for a cause (national unification), and four decades in prison and unflinching loyalty.

After much debate on the pros and cons of repatriating Lee, the Kim Young-Sam government decided to send him back in a humanitarian spirit (62 others were later sent back by President Kim Dae-Jung) and to attempt a breakthrough in the deadlocked South-North relations.

Lee received a hero's welcome and, sure enough, Pyongyang made a film on Lee's "heroic struggle for the motherland" in South Korean prisons and made sure all North Koreans saw it.

However, the movie caused many North Koreans to become curious about South Korean society.

Many North Korean defectors said their first reaction upon seeing the film was to ask how people could stay in prison for more than 10 years and remain alive? They say few people survive even three years in North Korean political prisons. Being fed three regular meals a day is utterly unimaginable.

Political prisoners die from disease and malnutrition, if not from torture, as documented by Kang Chul-Won in his best-selling book, "Aquariums of Pyongyang," which recently led him to be invited by President Bush to the White House.

The North Korean defectors said the movie had the opposite effect from what was intended. One wondered if Pyongyang is still showing the movie to the people.

"I bet they are not," he said.

World Tribune.com ** North Korean propaganda film backfires with hungry audiences

Posted by uhyw at 1:11 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, July 8, 2005 1:22 AM EDT
Thursday, July 7, 2005
Bad News Day... Missing Iowa Girl, 5, Found Dead
Mood:  sad
Topic: News

Missing Iowa Girl, 5, Found Dead

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - A young girl found dead in a river is believed to be a 5-year-old whose disappearance last week prompted a frantic search, authorities said Thursday.


Searchers found the body about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday in the Cedar River, a couple of miles from little Evelyn Miller's home in Floyd, Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer said.

A positive identification was pending but Dettmer said it's believed the body is Evelyn, who disappeared last Friday. An autopsy was planned.

Dettmer also said contrary to earlier reports, no arrests had been made and the investigation was continuing.

The child's grandfather had said one person was arrested. Dettmer did not explain the discrepancy, or give detail on how the body was found or a possible cause of death.

Hundreds of volunteers had joined in the search.

Noel Miller, Evelyn's mother, has said she left her children, Evelyn, Gabriel, 2, and Damian, 1, with her fiance, Casey Fredericksen, at their apartment in Floyd, a small farming community about 110 miles northeast of Des Moines.

When she arrived home from her overnight job later Friday morning, the apartment door was slightly open and Evelyn was gone.

Mary Neubauer, a spokeswoman for family members, said they are devastated.

"We all believed Evelyn would be found and we'd bring her home safe," she said.

The grandfather, Richard Christie of Des Moines, told KWWL-TV in Waterloo and The Gazette in Cedar Rapids that he learned late Wednesday that his granddaughter's body was found.

"She was murdered and her body was put in the river," Christie told the newspaper. "She was not drowned."

Evelyn was last seen by two acquaintances of her mother's fiance about 2 a.m. Friday, asleep on a loveseat in the family's apartment.

Those two men have been questioned by authorities and a search of their home was conducted. But authorities have not called them suspects.

Authorities have said Fredericksen, 26, passed a lie-detector test.

Andy Christie, Evelyn's father, and his wife, Lindsey, said at a news conference earlier Wednesday they still hoped to find the girl alive. They recently found an abandoned puppy and planned to give the pup to Evelyn.

"We haven't named him yet," Andy Christie said. "We are waiting until Evvy gets home, so she can name him."

Fox News ~ Associated Press ** Missing Iowa Girl, 5, Found Dead

Posted by uhyw at 1:28 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2005 1:32 PM EDT
Londoner Eyewitnesses Tell of Rush Hour From Hell
Mood:  down
Topic: News

The injured are lead away from the Edgware Road Tube Station, attacked by a terrorist bomb in London. >>>>>

Eyewitnesses tell of travel hell

At least 33 people have been killed and hundreds injured after a series of explosions on the London Underground network and a bus in central London.

Eyewitnesses tell what they have seen and heard from around the capital.

DAVID JONES, TAVISTOCK SQUARE
Suddenly there was this thud, people on the bus said there's been an explosion behind us and people rushed to the front.

I said to people not to panic, keep calm. People evacuated our bus.

There was not a lot of fire but there was the smell of an explosion and at that point people wanted to walk away from what they had seen.

There was no glass falling... there was a thud and the roof had come off.

I suppose, to be honest, my first thought was G8, Olympics, somebody does not want London to celebrate.

UNNAMED WITNESS, TAVISTOCK SQUARE
I was walking along. There was a crowd of people around the bus.

The next thing I knew I was on the floor. There was shedloads of glass raining down.

Someone fell on me and someone fell on him. For a moment I thought I was going to be trampled.

I picked myself up and everyone was running. There was glass everywhere.

We ran into a building and a security guard was saying `get in, get in'. Then the security guard said `get out'... which was a bit scary.

I saw the bus ripped out at the back ... it couldn't have been anything else [but a terrorist attack].

BELINDA SEABROOK, RUSSELL SQUARE
I was on the bus in front and heard an incredible bang, I turned round and half the double-decker bus was in the air.

It was a massive explosion and there were papers and half a bus flying through the air.

There must be a lot of people dead as all the buses were packed, they had been turning people away from the tube stops.

We were about 20 metres away, that was all.

GERALDINE FOURMON, TAVISTOCK SQUARE
There was a big bang. After the smoke went away I realised there was a double decker bus exploded. People were running towards me screaming and crying.

I saw at least five people jump from the top deck of the bus. Half of it was blown away. They were jumping onto the street to escape.

It was such a big explosion and the bus was packed because the tube was closed. People were covered with dust and debris. I didn't see any blood.

ANDY ABERNETHY, LONDON
It was a train on the Piccadilly line between King's Cross and Russell Square and literally it was just a very loud bang. The train derailed.

There was smoke everywhere. There was no fire but the smoke was quite oppressive.

There were a lot of serious injuries down there as well. A lot of serious head injuries.

A guy by me thought he was going to die, I'm hoping he got out OK.

JACQUI HEAD, KING'S CROSS
Suddenly there was a massive bang, the train jolted. There was immediately smoke everywhere and it was hot and everybody panicked.

People started screaming and crying.

It was very scary while we were stuck on the train. Very silent and we were thinking we were not going to get out.

People thought they were just going to suffocate.

TAS FRANGOULLIDES, KING'S CROSS
The train didn't get very far out of the station when there was an explosion.

Loads of glass showered down over everyone, the glass in the doors in between all the carriages shattered.

There was a lot of smoke and a lot of dust, there were some areas of panic, I could hear screams. People were trying to work out what happened.

A lot of people were covered in blood.

I started walking towards Russell Square then I saw the bus. Police were running from the scene and waving people away.

I had to walk to work because I had to try and do something normal, it was all so chaotic.

It wasn't till I got to work that I realised I had a cut on my head and my clothes were covered in dust.

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"In the aftermath of the explosion on a bus in Tavistock Square strangers recounted to each other what they heard and saw"

In the aftermath
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FIONA TRUEMAN, KING'S CROSS
It was about three minutes after we left King's Cross, when there was a massive bang and there was smoke and glass everywhere - I was standing near a window, and I've still got some in my hair.

The lights went out, and with the smoke, we couldn't breathe, and we sort of cushioned each other during the impact because the compartment was so full.

It felt like a dream, it was surreal.

It was just horrendous, it was like a disaster movie, you can't imagine being somewhere like that, you just want to get out.

I kept closing my eyes and thinking of outside.

It was frightening because all the lights had gone out and we didn't hear anything from the driver, so we wondered how he was.

Overall I feel lucky, and my thoughts go out to the families of anyone who has died.

ARASH KAZEROUNI
There was a loud bang and the train ground to a halt. People started panicking, screaming and crying as smoke came into the carriage.

A man told everyone to be calm and we were led to safety along the track.

Everyone was terrified when it happened.

When they led us to safety, I went past the carriage where I think the explosion was. It was the second one from the front.

The metal was all blown outwards and there were people inside being helped by paramedics.

One guy was being tended outside on the track. His clothes were torn off and he seemed pretty badly burned.

ANA CASTRO, LIVERPOOL STREET
People were screaming and shouting and saying things like I'm dying, I'm dying, please help me.

I saw people just standing there in their underwear as if their clothes had been ripped off [by the explosion].

I think I saw somebody who was dead it was just indescribable.

LISA CURTIS, NEAR LIVERPOOL STREET
People were evacuated immediately. I overheard one lady saying to a police officer that it looked like someone had left what looked like a brown jumper on the platform and it exploded.

Smoke filled the platform and people were evacuated.

SARAH REID, NEAR LIVERPOOL STREET
I was on the train and there was a fire outside the carriage window and then there was a sudden jolt which shook us forward.

The explosion was behind me.

Some people took charge. We went out of the back of the carriage.

There was really hard banging from the carriage next door to us.

That was where it happened.

A carriage was split in two, all jagged, and without a roof, just open.

I saw bodies, I think... some people may have died.

SCOTT WENBOURNE, ALDGATE
I saw three bodies on the track. I couldn't look, it was so horrific. I think one was moving but I'm not too sure.

There were also, I think, some bodies in the carriage, some were moving but I couldn't really look. No-one was attending to them.

We walked to the platform, which took about half an hour as there were so many of us, after all it was rush hour.

There were police at the platform and some of the injured were tended to.

JACK LINTON, 14, ALDGATE
There was a massive explosion, smoke and flames. My carriage must have been two away from where it was.

Everybody got on the floor. Then eventually the smoke cleared and we managed to open the central doors down the train to go to the back of it before they walked us along the track past the train to the station.

The middle of the train was blown out and there were people on the track.

I've got glass in my hair and my pockets and my ear hurts.

SIMON CORVETT, EDGWARE ROAD
All of sudden there was this massive huge bang. It was absolutely deafening and all the windows shattered.

The glass did not actually fall out of the windows, it just cracked.

The train came to a grinding halt, everyone fell off their seats.

There were just loads of people screaming and the carriages filled with smoke.

You couldn't really breathe and you couldn't see what was happening. The driver came on the tannoy and said `We have got a problem, don't panic'.

You could see the carriage opposite was completely gutted.

There were some people in real trouble.

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Injured tube passengers are escorted away from Edgware Road Tube Station in London following an explosion, Thursday July 7, 2005.Several blasts went off on the London subway and on at least one double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, police said, injuring riders and prompting officials to shut down the entire underground transport network. British Home Secretary Charles Clarke said there had been 'terrible injuries.'
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BBC News ** Eyewitnesses tell of travel hell

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Yahoo News ~ Associated Press Sports Writer - Robert Millward ** London Olympic Jubilation Turns to Horror

Posted by uhyw at 12:45 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2005 1:09 PM EDT
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
CBS Mulls New Evening News Format... Explores Storytelling
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

CBS News explores storytelling

The project is one of the first indications of how CBS might restructure the evening news.

NEW YORK - Faced with a mandate to remake the network's nightly news broadcast, CBS News President Andrew Heyward has commissioned staffers to come up with specific approaches that would favor more of a storytelling style over the traditional format that generally recaps the news of the day.

Heyward told correspondents and producers, whom he's pulled in to help develop the project, about the new concept for the "CBS Evening News" in a meeting held at the network's West 57th Street headquarters Thursday and again in a smaller gathering Tuesday, a CBS News executive confirmed.

"We're experimenting this summer with new, interesting ideas for how to tell stories in a more interesting and compelling way," said Marcy McGinnis, senior vice president for news gathering, who declined to give further details about the meetings.

According to two editorial employees who were at the meetings, the news president asked the staff to gather additional material as part of their current assignments that can be used to experiment with various styles of storytelling. He plans to present the sample idea to CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves in the coming months, with the hope that details about the revamped nightly news broadcast could be announced by the fall.

Heyward's project is one of the first indications of how CBS might restructure the evening news, which has long lagged behind NBC and ABC in the ratings and has been under even more scrutiny since veteran anchor Dan Rather stepped down in March, following a much-criticized report he did last year on President Bush's National Guard service for "60 Minutes Wednesday."

The network has used Bob Schieffer, another veteran staffer, to temporarily fill the anchor spot while it ponders a new format for the program.

Moonves has made it clear that he wants CBS to rethink the approach of the broadcast, which, like other network news programs, has steadily lost viewers in the last decade.

Thus far, news executives have been vague about their plans. At a CBS affiliates meeting in Las Vegas last month, Heyward told station representatives that the broadcast was in a "process of evolution."

He told them that the revamped newscast will rely heavily on a team of correspondents and put less emphasis on "a dominant anchor surrounded by a bunch of people you don't know and don't care about."

In the meetings with the staff, Heyward said that he hopes to develop a new version of the show that plays to the network's strengths — an experienced team of correspondents and its ability to do "great storytelling."

"What people walked away with was that we still have a commitment to news — we just have to package it differently," said one of the employees, who did not want to be named discussing internal conversations.

The new broadcast Heyward proposed would dispense quickly with the news of the day and focus on deeper investigative and feature stories, modeled after the kind of storytelling done on "60 Minutes," arguably CBS' most successful news program.

He also said the newscast could provide a measure of "transparency" by providing viewers a glimpse behind the scenes. An assistant producer could use a hand-held camera to film a correspondent making calls, for example.

The new "Evening News" could also include more on-screen graphics to give viewers a quick sampling of facts about a subject, Heyward suggested.

LA Times ~ Matea Gold ** CBS News explores storytelling

Posted by uhyw at 1:38 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2005 1:40 AM EDT

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