Monday two government agencies and the Colegio de Periodistas will celebrate the Día Nacional del Periodista with an odd choice of films. The journalism profession has been invited to a screening of “Truth,” known as “La Verdad” in Spanish.
This is the film that chronicles the 2004 error by the CBS news show “60 Minutes.” The producer and a reporter, Dan Rather, had been taken in by what appears to be fraudulent documents that were critical of the military service of George Bush. That was at the time of the 2004 presidential elections.
Said The Atlantic magazine of the television report and the movie: “Two documents central to the news program’s contention that Bush was granted preferential treatment were subsequently revealed to be almost certainly fraudulent. This error ultimately resulted in the retirement from CBS of Dan Rather (played here with likable understatement by Robert Redford) . . . .“
The 9:30 a.m. showing is to be in Plaza Lincoln.
The invitation to the event says that producer Mary Mapes and Rather have to fight to show the truth of their news report, putting the truth above the public and economic interests behind the communications media. That characterization makes the pair sound like heroes instead of aggressive reporters who were hoodwinked.
An evaluation of the documents involved later showed that they had been made with a word processor that was not available at the time Bush was joining the Texas Air National Guard.
Cody Dial case to be discussed today
The director of the Judicial Investigating Organization is expected to outline the status of the Cody Dial case at a session today.
The director, Walter Espinoza, has said that he doubts Dial met with foul play when he died in the Parque Nacional Corcovado, but he is expected to provide evidence today.
The session is being held in the government morgue in San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia.
Dial’s parents also are expected to attend the session. They have raised the idea that the Alaskan resident, an experienced outdoorsman, was a murder victim.
Dial was confirmed to have checked out of a Puerto Jiménez hotel July 18, 2014. His remains were found last week in the dense jungle.
Considering the length of time that Dial was in the jungle, there is a good chance that the exact cause of death never will be known.