September 29, 2004

CBS News Changes Its Story-- Again
— Ace

Without noting previous error, CBS News slips in mention of Beverly Cocco's partisan connections to Parents Against the Draft

This is sort of what I expected, but I'm still surprised. But Rathergate has a clip of the story as it actually aired-- no mention of an ideological affiliation, and they don't seem eager to correct the record.

No mention about the sham emails CBS endorsed, but I expect we'll be seeing a rowback on that score shortly. Another rowback seen by at most thousands, when the actual dishonest broadcast was viewed by millions.

This is a corrupt organization. I said it, I meant it-- corrupt.

There are affiliate phone numbers and emails at the sidebar. It would probably be a good time to use them.

Update: Protein Wisdom has some documents of its own to report.

Posted by: Ace at 12:25 PM | Comments (9)
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1 Oh sure, they want gays in the military, just not THEIR gay sons.

Posted by: Master of None at September 29, 2004 12:49 PM (kGYmZ)

2 I think NBC is about to hatchet the fuck out of the CBS story.

Posted by: Joe R. the Unabrewer at September 29, 2004 01:33 PM (5anNT)

3 Eh, it wasn't so much a hatchet, but a mild debunking.

Posted by: Joe R. the Unabrewer at September 29, 2004 01:36 PM (5anNT)

4 Brit Hume carried the newest fake story. Unfortunately, he seemed to yawn - you know, so what's new.

Posted by: MaDr at September 29, 2004 01:54 PM (LaUoV)

5 The leftist group is actually called People Against the War.

Posted by: Dead Parrot at September 29, 2004 02:22 PM (yhnFH)

6 CBS: Putting the ANAL in analysis. Must be true, cuz only bullshit passes thru their signal.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at September 29, 2004 03:46 PM (Q3u+c)

7 Here is what Unabrewer mentioned. On the one hand, they don't mention CBS at all. On the other hand, if you see the video, when they show the e-mail they stamp a giant red "BUNK" on it. The good news is that it is far more responsible journalism than at CBS. The bad news is no well-earned spanking for Rather.

Posted by: Terry Notus at September 29, 2004 04:01 PM (3HrHu)

8 If anyone at CBS had a pulse, they would have immediately (after the Killian memo fiasco) hired a blogger -- or at least, someone who has read blogs and has been around the internet for a few years, and has a passing knowledge of the "hoaxes" and how to verify (or at least raise flags about) questionable email.

You know -- a college intern, or something.

These people are dinosaurs.

Posted by: cj at September 29, 2004 07:26 PM (PrsIZ)

9 Terry Notus: thanks for the MSNBC link. That was a fairly decent article. I may actually try watching the news sometime, if this keeps up. It would've been kinda nice if they'd pointed to some of the obvious warning signs in the email (friend who works there! did the email end with 'send this to everyone you know'?) and referenced some of the hoax-watching sites, but all in all not too bad.

As for pointing more fingers at Dan Rather, I'm glad NBC did not. That sort of behavior is rarely wise on a news show. In fact, that's the behavior that has us all riled up, reaching conclusions instead of providing facts.

Posted by: Persnickety at September 30, 2004 10:51 AM (H0kmj)

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