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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Thursday, September 23, 2004

    CBS and Rather can't hold a candle to CNN 

    CBS and its managing editor, longtime news anchor Dan Rather, have given the media another black eye because they were not properly skeptical of documents used on 60 Minutes to again question President Bush's performance in the Texas Air National Guard.

    CBS News should have known better and now it has appointed Dick Thornburgh, former Republican attorney general, and Louis Boccardi, retired chief executive officer of the Associated Press, to tell it so in an independent investigation.

    It's all very proper, but the Akron Beacon Journal's Rich Heldenfels could have saved CBS the trouble: ``The chase for scoops, no matter how flimsy their sourcing, will continue - and allegations will be presented as being valid as facts. The desire for commentators to pass judgment before all the facts are in will also go on. That will be part of the ongoing perception by views and readers, that news is valid only when it reflects the audiences' opinions. Anything else will be suspect somewhere.''

    The more egregious violation of public trust by the media in this campaign season has been CNN's continued employment of James Carville and Paul Begala as hosts on Crossfire after they joined Democrat John Kerry's campaign staff as advisers.

    This mockery of the canons of journalism is so blatant that it has brought even The New York Times' Frank Rich and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly under the same critical tent.

    CNN should be proud of itself. It has out-Foxed Fox.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:41 AM



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