Monday, September 20, 2004

Let him promise to atone, let him shiver, let him moan; I'll slam the door and let the hell-cat freeze

CBS finally offers a non-apology apology for Memogate, and it's not very impressive: "I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers," [Rather] said. "We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry," Rather added. Too little, too late! Do you even understand the gravity of what you did? You explicitly tried to influence a presidential election with libelous forged documents. This is not a situation that calls for the passive voice and timid admission of innocent mistake. "We are partisan and we lied to you in aid of the Kerry campaign" would be accurate, if not fully conveying the disgusting hypocrisy and foolishness of CBS' actions in the past week and a half. Oh, and on being "misled," Dan? There's a thing that reporters used to do, when they weren't entirely press flacks for the DNC - independently verify sources. If CBS initially did anything of the sort, rather than accepting the word of Bill Burkett (and his yet-unknown supposed third-party sources) as the gospel truth - and then attempting to add a gloss of legitimacy thereto with the partial and misrepresentative opinions of hand-picked experts - it's news to me.


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