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A Cornucopia Of Public Eye

Since there may be some moments this Thanksgiving when you'd rather not be spending time with your friends and family, and would instead prefer to glue yourself to a computer, here's a handy compendium of Public Eye posts from the past few weeks that you may have missed. (You can also check out some of our Editor's Picks in the right column.) You'll probably want to take a gander at two Q&A's with correspondent Jim Stewart, who retired last month, for some of his reflections on 37 years at CBS News. He told us how he developed his sources over the years, and he answered our traditional "10 Plus 1" – which includes a pretty good "biggest jerk" story.

We've also taken a look at some of the Pentagon's new public relations strategies – which include a feature more traditional to political campaigns -- rapid response to negative news. Pentagon correspondent David Martin's response to the new strategy?: "If government wants to complain about your coverage, have at it, because in the process of telling you why your story is all wrong they invariably give you information you didn't have before."

After Katie Couric made a "full disclosure" related to her interview with Michael J. Fox regarding Parkinson's disease, she spoke with us about that decision. As criticism about too many of the "usual suspects" appearing on the new "freeSpeech" feature seemed to reach a fever pitch, Executive Producer Rome Hartman responded to it. A few weeks later "freeSpeech" was put on the back burner at the "Evening News," a decision we discussed here.

We've also taken a peek at some other thorny issues that have come up at CBS News recently – as the Supreme Court considers a case that tests the constitutionality of the the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, some confusion arose as to whether the network should use the phrases "late-term" or "partial birth" abortion. Another phrase raised some eyebrows – use of the phrase "death tax" instead of "estate tax" during and "Evening News" segment.

Finally, we've got plenty on the aftermath of the midterm elections, from fact checking all of those nasty ads to former CBS News Political Director Martin Plissner's review of all three networks' election night coverage. Check it all out in between courses on Thursday … and let us know what you think. We'll be back on Monday.

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