Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Today's whopper: We all know that former CBS Producer Mary Mapes is a victim of an ingenious yet dastardly plot by Karl Rove, but this statement from an interview set to air tomorrow on ABC's' "Good Morning America" demonstrates once again that journalism has some serious problems.
Mapes says she is continuing to investigate the source of the controversial documents whose authenticity was seriously questioned by the CBS panel. She tells Ross that she had no journalistic obligation to prove the authenticity of the documents before including them in the "60 Minutes II" report. "I don't think that's the standard," she said. [emphasis added]
Fake but accurate and Mapes doesn't even really care if they're fake.
I'm flabbergasted that anyone could rise so high in any news organization and hold the opinion that it doesn't matter if controversial documents are fakes or not.
I suspect that Mapes doesn't really believe this statement anyway -- otherwise why would she have even gone through the motions of trying to authenticate the fake documents?
Liars and frauds are all the rage in the media nowadays.