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In May 2010, CBS and CNN were reportedly in talks to pool their newsgathering operations, though a full-fledged merger was considered unlikely. (The two organizations had also been rumored to be discussing a partnership previously, in 2008 and 1999.)
In 2004, CBS News ran a broadcast presenting documents critical of President George W. Bush’s military service. Those documents’ authenticity was widely challenged, and the ensuing controversy resulted in the ouster of four CBS News executives and a multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by former anchor Dan Rather. In response to the scandal, CBS News launched the Public Eye blog to examine its own newsgathering operation. The blog was updated until late 2009.
CBS hired former Today Show host Katie Couric in 2006 to host its CBS Evening News, one of the highest-profile personnel moves in network news history. Her arrival did not improve CBS’ ratings, however, and her tenure has generally been marked with strained relations, including rumors of her departure in 2008. In April 2011, Couric announced she would be leaving the program.
CBS created an online division in 2005 called CBS Digital Media, which was later renamed CBS Interactive. In 2008, CBS acquired the web-based media company CNET Networks and merged it with CBS Interactive, a move that included a merger of the newsrooms for CNETNews.com and CBSNews.com. In 2013, CBS forced CNET to re-vote on an award its staff had decided to give to Dish Network’s commercial-skipping DVR The Hopper, which CBS was suing Dish over. The interference led one CNET reporter to resign and raised questions about CNET’s editorial independence.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on statewide public-interest journalism. The Madison-based center was founded in January 2009 with one full-time staff member. It had initial partnerships with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and The Center for Public Integrity. The site now…