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Mary Mapes
Mary Mapes worked in television news for 25 years, the last 16 years at CBS News, where she received numerous awards, including the coveted Peabody. In 2004, working with Dan Rather at 60 Minutes II, her team broke the story of prison abuse at Abu Ghraib. Later that year she was fired for producing a controversial report on President George W. Bush's military service.

Her book Truth and Duty, is now available in paperback.

Entries by Mary Mapes

We Are All Eyewitnesses

(182) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 4:55 PM

As I write this, Troy Davis is just a few hours away from his death.

By the time you read this, he may well be gone. In just a few weeks, I fear his case, the profound problems with it and the wrong-headed rush to his execution will be fast-fading...

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No Mercy

(235) Comments | Posted May 31, 2009 | 5:41 PM

I felt just sick today when I saw the bulletin about the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

Sicker still when I saw the "sympathy" letter issued by officials at Operation Rescue, the virulent anti-abortion organization that dogged this poor man for the past two decades. The statement...

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Looking Back at Abu Ghraib 5 Years Later

(191) Comments | Posted April 26, 2009 | 2:52 PM

Five years ago, I was at work at CBS News in New York, holding a manila folder to my chest, guarding it with my life. Inside, there were pictures from Abu Ghraib - the pictures - the ones that would soon be seen around the world, the ones that made...

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The Evolution of Texas

(243) Comments | Posted March 24, 2009 | 12:40 PM

I almost feel sorry for people trying to keep up with politics in the rest of the country these days. They must be overwhelmed - having to analyze the complex maneuverings of the stock market, forced to pore over the arcane elements of Wall Street bonuses and buyouts, mesmerized...

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The Monster is Dying

(58) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 4:37 PM

Maybe it's the approach of Halloween.

Maybe I've spent too much time lately watching terrible old films.

I know I've spent too much time watching political coverage.

But it hit me this week that the country is not just closing in on the end of a two-year presidential campaign that...

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Palin's Fetal Position

(153) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 7:16 PM

We really don't need to know anything more about the Sarah Palin celebrity action figure.

We don't need to know where she buys her glasses, when she decided to start wearing her hair in an up-do or how she handles the demands of motherhood and government work.


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The Empty Flight Suit

(116) Comments | Posted May 1, 2008 | 1:25 PM

Has it really been five years since we were treated to that breathtaking "Mission Accomplished" scene aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln?

I remember watching the president's plane approach the carrier that day as cable news anchors gushed about the sheer genius of the setting for its public relations power. They...

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Okay, Now I'm Bitter

(94) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 2:41 PM

Read more reactions from Huffington Post bloggers to ABC's Pennsylvania Democratic debate

I sat down last night with a big fat glass of wine, all excited about watching the first Democratic debate in weeks, absolutely certain that I would get the chance to hear what Hillary Clinton and Barack...

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Hardcore Huckabee

(11) Comments | Posted February 21, 2008 | 1:15 PM

The fact that John McCain's picture is suddenly plastered all over the place next to photos of a pretty lobbyist sure isn't going to help him with the people he needs most, the hardcore Huckabee fans.

They've suspected McCain of compromising positions all along. They already describe him...

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Remember the Alamo

(143) Comments | Posted February 13, 2008 | 10:36 AM

Hillary has hit Texas. I'm afraid Texas may be about to hit back.

Tuesday night in El Paso, after a string of bruising losses in the Potomac primaries, Senator Clinton took the stage to thunderous applause in a place that rarely sees a national politician.

After waiting for years to...

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Texas Time

(240) Comments | Posted February 8, 2008 | 11:37 AM

We've been waiting for y'all.

Like the great big kid in the back of the classroom who has gotten used to being overlooked, Texas has not had a chance to make a difference in the presidential primaries for decades. This year, suddenly, we're hot stuff. Our primary on...

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Courage for Dan Rather

(311) Comments | Posted September 20, 2007 | 6:24 PM

Gee, just when I was all excited about Wednesday's big premiere of the new CBS cultural triumph Kid Nation, my old friend Dan Rather went and blew my whole evening out of the water by filing a massive lawsuit against the company.

Here we go again.

It has...

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The Ghosts Bush Left Behind

(55) Comments | Posted July 11, 2007 | 3:16 PM

Scooter Libby's commutation is still being celebrated in some circles, but down here in Texas, President Bush's move has stirred bitter memories and awakened old ghosts.

I can't help remembering all the people I reported on who begged then-Governor Bush for mercy. They begged for the lives of...

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Lost in Paris

(30) Comments | Posted June 12, 2007 | 1:09 PM

LOS ANGELES - We can all stand down now. It's finally over. Barbara Walters has spoken with Paris, who has been speaking with God, who must be speechless about our behavior last week.

Maybe now, with this first jailhouse interview out of the way, with this...

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In Defense of Dan Rather

(147) Comments | Posted June 6, 2006 | 6:46 PM

My first thought when I read the NY Post's latest Page Six item on Dan Rather was that Dan must have missed a hush money payment or something. Reading on, I realized this was actually an opening publicity volley for a new book, one that is probably guaranteed a...

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