Monday, January 10, 2005

CBS: Then and Now

Everyone and their brother is reporting today on the big news that CBS has finally gotten around to firing people for the plethora of cover-ups and screw-ups in the Rathergate memo scandal. I could go on a rant about how stupid CBS was to defend their fake memos so stubbornly, but rather than waste my energy typing all that, I'll simply give you two quotes, one from one Mr. Jonathan Klein a former CBS executive, defending CBS's use of the memos back in September:
"You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."
And then, this quote, from the newly released report of independent investigation into the scandal:
"The combination of a new 60 Minutes Wednesday management team, great deference given to a highly respected producer and the network’s news anchor, competitive pressures, and a zealous belief in the truth of the segment seem to have led many to disregard some fundamental journalistic principles."
Huh. It sounds like instead of multiple layers of check and balances, what they really had were multiple layers of bias and incompetance. I guess that particular producer isn't quite so respected anymore. Maybe she should try out for Don Trump's reality show.

Source: CBS News & The Wall Street Journal
Categories: News, Politics


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:24 PM, January 10, 2005  

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