Podcast: Former 60 Minutes Producer Mary Mapes on Truth, the Movie About Her CBS Firing

She shares her take on "Rathergate."

Mary Mapes (Photo: Elizabeth Lavin)
Mary Mapes (Photo: Elizabeth Lavin)

This Friday, Truth, a movie about the controversy at CBS News over a 2004 report on President George W. Bush’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War, opens. Dan Rather touched on the subject, which led to his departure from the network, back on D Magazine‘s EarBurner podcast back in August.

Last week, Rather’s Dallas-based producer on the story, Mary Mapes, stopped by the Old Monk to share her own thoughts about the film. Give it a listen. But first, a few notes:

1. Greenville Avenue Pizza Company advertises its “authentic East Dallas-style” pies.

2. Our website is currently running a Best Pizza in Dallas tournament. Vote daily through Nov. 6.

3. Mary Mapes’ book about the events leading up to her firing by CBS is titled Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.

4. Michael J. Mooney’s story about Mapes in the November issue of D Magazine is titled “The Scapegoat.”

5. The trailer for Truth:

6. Dez Bryant’s pet monkey:

My new best friend…. Dallas Bryant world #throwupthex

A photo posted by Dez Bryant (@dezbryant) on

7. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey’s book is titled Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball.

8. Mapes has read this column by Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson.

9. Dez Bryant’s monkey is a Capuchin, like Marcel on Friends:


WFAA’s Shelly Slater gets it right:

NBC 5’s Ellen Bryan doesn’t:

Neither does Fox 4’s Brandon Todd:

But CBS 11 anchors Doug Dunbar and Kaley O’Kelley know the score:


12. The Wall Street Journal editorial page is not recommending you see Truth.

13. Wylie H. Dallas posted about the Alredge House controversy last week:

14. The Aldredge House is owned by the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance.

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