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CBS ducks political motives
Washington Times ^ | 1/11/05

Posted on 01/11/2005 12:43:43 AM PST by kattracks

In one sense, the independent panel asked by CBS News to investigate a fraudulent "60 Minutes Wednesday" story on President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard did a remarkable job. In their meticulously researched report, Dick Thornburgh, former attorney general, and Louis D. Boccardi, former CEO and president of the Associated Press, outline the personal and structural failures within CBS management which allowed four blatantly forged memos, supposedly written by the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, to be used as evidence that Mr. Bush received preferential treatment while in the Guard.

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At the same time, the report is also a whitewash. It refuses to conclude that any political bias at all motivated the story's rush to air on Sept. 8, just days after Mrs. Mapes first obtained the memos from an anti-Bush partisan, Lt. Col. Bill Burkett.

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This conclusion, as fair as it might appear, fails to match the very evidence the panel uncovered during its investigation. Competitive "zeal" simply does not account for Mrs. Mapes' many deliberate misrepresentations she told not only to her fellow producers, but placed within the original story. It does not take into account the fact that Mrs. Mapes, along with Dan Rather, pursued Mr. Bush's service in the Guard for five years. Mr. Rather himself, who comes off quite lightly in the panel's conclusions, still does not believe the contents of the memos were fake; nor does he believe that he should have issued a formal apology on the CBS Evening News 12 days after the original story aired, a move he was forced to make by his superiors, as the panel notes with concern.

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The panel's refusal to connect liberal bias to CBS News' campaign to bring down a sitting president renders their report unsatisfactory.


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1 posted on 01/11/2005 12:43:43 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Seems like CBS is reporting the Abu Ghraib prison story a lot today. Another Mary Mapes story. Would really like to see her pedigree, she looks to be a real leftists from the get go.
2 posted on 01/11/2005 12:46:28 AM PST by ProudVet77 (If it's Saturday, I'm sailing!)
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To: ProudVet77

CBS can duck political motives all they want, but their ratings are in the toilet & that tells the story. People are not as stupid as CBS seems to think!!!!


3 posted on 01/11/2005 12:57:31 AM PST by blondee123 (Proud Member of the FR Pajama Blogger Brigade - New Sheriffs in Town!)
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Sometimes I'm too slow to anger. The more I check things out the angrier I get. This Mapes is some kind of bogus character. Found this:
(Rather's) confidence in Mapes may have led him to go with the story, despite the red flags. After all, it was Mapes who brought CBS the Abu Ghraib photos of prisoner abuse and who risked jail by refusing to turn over videotapes of Rather's interview with a man charged in the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, Texas. But Mapes' father sees a political agenda behind his daughter's work. Don Mapes, 76, was a recent guest on a radio talk show hosted by John Carlson on KVI in Seattle. He said, "I'm really ashamed of what my daughter has become. She's a typical liberal. She went into journalism with an ax to grind, and that was to promote radical feminism." He confessed to being disappointed in his daughter's role in the controversy. He said, "When I heard about 60 Minutes, I suspected she would be the producer of the show."
4 posted on 01/11/2005 1:06:59 AM PST by ProudVet77 (If it's Saturday, I'm sailing!)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1318272/posts?page=1
"The panel," they say, "cannot conclude that a political agenda at '60 Minutes Wednesday' drove either the timing or the airing of the segment or its content."
"Too bad, because everybody else can."
(snip)

My favorite line is the last one.


5 posted on 01/11/2005 1:11:22 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: kattracks

bttt


6 posted on 01/11/2005 1:11:27 AM PST by nopardons
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To: kattracks
"...nor does he believe that he should have issued a formal apology on the CBS Evening News 12 days after the original story aired..."

Did I miss something? I don't recall a formal apology...

7 posted on 01/11/2005 2:13:34 AM PST by Poseidon
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1225723/posts
The Fall
National Review Online ^ | September 24, 2004 | Victor Davis Hanson


Terrific commentary..I went back to reread it.


8 posted on 01/11/2005 2:19:51 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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"Mapes who brought CBS the Abu Ghraib photos of prisoner abuse"

This bothers me too.

I still believe Hillary was involved in the prisoner photos mess. She was able to see those photos in January of 2004 (being a member of the Armed Services Committee) when the military first heard about the problem. I remember Hillary making a statement right after the dem primary got started .. she said that there would be a surprise later on in the campaign which would change the whole face of the election. I believe now she could have meant the release of those photos at the appropriate moment could tarnish Bush - however - somebody released them early and Bush was able to recover - because America didn't buy the fact that Bush would sanction such action.

Then .. being desperate .. a plan was hatched to use Burkett to foist the forgeries upon CBS - who was so willing to buy into it.

[rant off]


9 posted on 01/11/2005 9:12:25 AM PST by CyberAnt (Where are the dem supporters? - try the trash cans in back of the abortion clinics.)
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