Skip to comments.CBS ducks political motives
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.
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.
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.
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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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!!!!
"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."
My favorite line is the last one.
Did I miss something? I don't recall a formal apology...
National Review Online ^ | September 24, 2004 | Victor Davis Hanson
Terrific commentary..I went back to reread it.
"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.
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