Skip to comments.Dan Rather's Disgraced Cohort On Book Tour
Posted on 11/10/2005 9:36:47 PM PST by Jim Robinson
It is apparent that CBS News producer Mary Mapes hasn't learned anything after being fired for using forged documents to smear President Bush. She calls White House official Karl Rove the "mastermind" of the attacks on her story but admits to the Washington Post that she has no proof of that. The Mapes performance, which is designed to sell her new book, can only diminish the reputation of journalism even more. Have we reached a point in journalism where the facts and evidence simply don't matter?
Her bizarre performance continued on CNN's Larry King Live, where she was asked if the Bush administration put pressure on CBS to retract or "suppress" the story. "I don't know. I have no evidence that they put direct pressure on," she said. But she went on to complain about the "thousands of e-mails from conservative bloggers," as if the White House had been behind them. So was this "indirect pressure" from the Bush Administration? That was the implication from Mapesagain without any proof.
This is reminiscent of former Democratic Vice President Al Gore's recent speech in which he falsely claimed that Dan Rather was "forced out of his anchor job after angering the White House "
What we are seeing here is an attempt to rewrite history, to obscure the fact that CBS tried to subvert the President during the heat of a campaign using phony documents. The Mapes version is that the story was true and that CBS retracted under pressure from the White House or CBS parent Viacom. The only problem with the Mapes version is that there is absolutely no proof that it is true.
(Excerpt) Read more at aim.org ...
Dan Rather called the, then anonymous, Burkett an "unimpeachable source".
That's what passes for truth and ethics at CBS News.
This is so stupid I have trouble believing anyone said it.
But them Limbaugh was quoting someone today saying what a great American ally Saddam was, and how much better off we were with him.
The loons have started to notice we have won the war, and are trying to rewrite history. Joe and Adolph weren't so bad either. Think how much better off we'd be if we'd let Hitler finish the job.
Who's got the schedule?
Thursday, November 17th @ Noon
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Truth and Duty
For twenty-five years, Mary Mapes has been an award-winning television producer and reporterthe last fifteen years with CBS News, principally for "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and "60 Minutes." Following the broadcast of Dan Rather's story on George W. Bush's National Guard Service, Ms. Mapes was fired, Dan Rather stepped down from his anchor chair a year early, and an unprecedented "internal" inquiry into the story occurred. In her new book, Truth and Duty, Mary Mapes talks for the first time about the behind-the-scenes action at CBS during this period and exposes: new details on President Bush's Guard career, the connection between a controversial news story and a corporation under fire from the federal government, an emergence of "digital McCarthyism" as conservative bloggers manipulate the internet, and how news organizations are collapsing under political-and commercial-pressures.
Please note: This event will take place at the World Affairs Council, located at 312 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor. Check in is at 5:30 pm. Admission is free for members, $5 for students, and $15 for non-members. For reservations and more information, please call 415-293-4600.
I remember that.
On the other hand, it did find that Mapes knew that, contrary to her report, George W. Bush offered to go to Vietnam while in the National Guard unit. This was a critical fact, undermining the entire premise of the CBS News story that Bush went into the National Guard to avoid Vietnam.
She was on O'Reilly tonight, still insinuating that George Bush joined the TANG to avoid Vietnam and saying straight out that he got "preferential treatment."
I did not receive the marching orders from Rove. What, am I chopped liver now?
In the delusional alternate universe the Left inhabits, something is true simply if they believe it to be so, want it to be so, and it furthers their agenda. In their warped minds, the onus is on us to prove they are lying. But even when it's been proven that they lied, the proof doesn't matter to them at all, and they continue to lie blatantly and pathologically.
I used to think that liberals lied knowing they were lying. But it's become more than obvious that they truly believe their own lies. They have lied for so long about so many things that it has become as natural to them as breathing. And they have invested so much effort in lying that lies have become their reality. Lies have become the very fabric of their being, and they are incapable of telling the truth. Their consciences, as the Bible says, have been seared with a hot iron.
I love the title of this thread.
Mapes takes credit for breaking the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal with Rather. "Dan and I had broken the Abu Ghraib prison-abuse story in late April," she writes, ...
In fact, this story was being investigated by the Pentagon well before CBS began showing the photos of the alleged abuse, and had been reported several times in the media.
Hard to slur honesty and truth but that never stopped a leftist from trying.
"...can only diminish the reputation of journalism even more."
I would suggest this is not "journalism" whatsoever.
The left never has proof of anything. It's their MO. She still has a large following though. Hey, if ya want 2+2 to equal 5, who am I to argue.
Jim, apparently CBS News is sending the following to tv personalites before they interview Mapes about her book.
The CBS News response to her appearance on GMA: This was apparently sent by CBS to Larry King yesterday, and he read it before he interviewed Mapes. Apparently O'Reilly got the same response from CBS News before Mapes was on his show.
"(After yesterday's Mapes' Good Morning America appearance, CBS issued the following statement, which Larry King read to Mapes last night):
"KING: We're here with Mary Mapes, the book "Truth and Duty, the Press, the President and the Privilege of Power." CBS News gave us this statement today.
"Mary Mapes' actions damaged CBS News as an organizational and brought pain to many colleagues with whom she worked. Her disregard for journalistic standards -- and for her colleagues -- comes through loud and clear in her interviews and in the book that attempts to rewrite the history of this complex and sad affair.
As always, revisionist history must be tested against the facts. Not only are those facts contained in the extensive media coverage that took place at the time, but also in the 200-plus-page report of the independent panel which investigated the matter for more than three months.
We believe those facts speak for themselves. The idea that a news organization would not need to authenticate such important source material is only one of the troubling and erroneous statement in her account."
(Mapes only reply was: CBS has been working on that statement for months.)
fyi and ping lists
Thanks Grampa Dave for the ping.
Obviously, I won't be buying her book.
She isn't all that popular at CBS news at this time.
Read my reply #16 above.
I'm convinced that the media is attempting to run the world .
I'm also convinced that the left will swallow ANYTHING .Mapes is saying what she is saying because she knows millions of morons will believe her.Reality , facts , even logic all are meaningless to the zombies who watch network TV .The amount of nonsense coming from the media and politicians as well is beyond belief.
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