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Ghosting for Les

The speech CBS's president Les Moonves needs to give.

12:00 AM, Sep 23, 2004 • By HUGH HEWITT
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First, I've asked [NAME] to plunder the other networks. I want the best correspondents and producers.

Next, Bob Schieffer will hold down the fort until I can bribe Hume or find someone else--someone else not from within this group, period. But that anchor isn't the news director. I will be bringing in two partisans--one from the left and one from the right--and a businessman or woman to make up an internal editing board which will advise [NAME]. From now on there will be accountability in the story process. We aren't out of the ambush business, but we are not going to have another disaster on my watch.

And we are going to figure out the blogs, and we are going to get faster and quicker and more committed to staying ahead of news curves, even if that means we make mistakes and we apologize all over ourselves on a much more frequent basis. The audience will buy that if we screw up on both sides of the political aisle.

That's it. You are on notice. Knock off the agenda journalism. Change your habits or change your employer. There are plenty of people who can do this. It isn't hard. It isn't a profession. It is a craft, and right now, we are at its bottom."

It is yours. Les. Run with it. I spent 18 months ghosting for Richard Nixon in his retirement, so trust me on this. Rehabilitation is possible if begun with good writing."

Hugh Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, and author most recently of If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends Upon It. His daily blog can be found at