CBS: Celebrate Being Socially-minded

CBS News Department gets a RebootTheMedia nod today for its Sunday lineup.

60 Minutes shared the story of Paul Tudor Jones, the billionaire hedge-fund manager who realized that what matters is not oneself but caring for others. So he took his hedge fund experience and began investing — in society. He created and runs The Robin Hood Foundation which supports charities serving people in need, including the importance of investing in education of underprivileged children.

CROP_jason_collins_SI_coverEarlier in the day on Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer covered the Jason Collins story with a series of interviews that included groundbreaking sports legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, as well as others in pro sports who have come out publicly as well as the president of the NFL Player Association and the owner of the NBA team Collins plays for.

The message was one of diversity and tolerance, and celebrated the courage of breaking barriers — not just for Collins and everyone who has come out before him,  but also for his teammates who show courage by breaking the barriers to accepting and embracing the diversity of other people’s truths.

Yet today, in 2013, one man publicly saying he is gay is still so unusual — as Collins said, “When back-to-back calls from Oprah Winfrey and President Obama come in, that was the moment where you go, ‘What is going on?’ ”

We’ve come a long way, and have a long way to go. Sharing these stories in the media is an important part of changing the worldwide conversation about who we are. Thanks to CBS for featuring stories of transformation and courage and generosity.

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