Thursday, September 30, 2004
CBS's newest problem: If you're an avid reader of the blogosphere you've already read about CBS News' latest stupidity.
On Tuesday night's broadcast, the network ran a story about Bush administration plans to bring back the draft and based their reporting on ... nothing.
In a story that was a textbook example of shoddy and biased reporting, CBS reporter Richard Schlesinger used:
1. Debunked internet hoax emails
2. Michael Moore-esque editing
3. An unlabeled interest group member
to scare elderly “Evening” viewers into believing that the U.S. government is poised to resume the draft.
It gets worse, as Charles Johnson notes, after CBS News' dishonesty was uncovered, they attempted change history by adding a sentence to their "transcript" of the broadcast.
So far there is no sign that others in the mainstream media are willing to pick up their cudgels and start smacking CBS News around again, so soon after the forged memos fiasco. But if there was any doubt that CBS is selling out its journalistic ethics and credibility to bring down President Bush, then it is quicky disappearing.
If Fox News is right wing and not trying to hide it, then CBS is surely left wing and not trying to hide it. However, the difference between the two is that Fox News still draws the line at using forged documents and hoax e-mails.
Dan Rather must go.
On a related note: There's an excellent point-by-point outline of CBS News' possible legal problems here. Check it out.