Monday, January 10, 2005

Crimes and misdemeanors 

Just in case anyone doubted the rules of the game, CBS has eliminated the ambiguity:

Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation that said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited “60 Minutes Wednesday” story about President Bush's military service.

The panel's 224-page report detailed dozens of missteps, including the reliance on documents that were allegedly forged to a circle-the-wagons mentality that compounded the damage.

CBS fired Mary Mapes, producer of the Sept. 8 report; Josh Howard, executive producer of “60 Minutes Wednesday” and his top deputy Mary Murphy; and senior vice president Betsy West.
(via Globe and Mail)

For those keeping score, the rules go like this: Rely on phony documents that bolster an independently proven story against Republican President, lose your job. Doctor evidence to frame a Democratic President and his wife, live long and prosper.
[UPDATE: fixed broken link.]

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