We deeply regret the disservice this flawed 60 Minutes Wednesday report did to the American public, which has a right to count on CBS News for fairness and accuracy in all it does.
We are pleased that the panel recognized the importance of CBS News' mission and noted that "it was impressed with the professionalism, dedication, commitment and intelligence of the individuals it interviewed from CBS News.... Many of these individuals have been associated with CBS News for many years and they expressed great pride and respect for the organization and its mission.... some expressed disbelief that CBS News would find itself in the situation created by this segment."
We are also gratified that the Panel, after extensive analysis and consideration, has found that, while CBS News made numerous errors of judgment and execution in this story, these mistakes were not motivated by any political agenda. As the Report states, "The Panel does not find a basis to accuse those who investigated, produced, vetted or aired the Segment of having a political bias."