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CBS Says Producer Violated Policy by Putting Source in Touch With Kerry Aide
NYTIMES ^ | 09/22/04 | JIM RUTENBERG and BILL CARTER

Posted on 09/21/2004 8:50:42 PM PDT by Pikamax

CBS Says Producer Violated Policy by Putting Source in Touch With Kerry Aide By JIM RUTENBERG and BILL CARTER

Published: September 22, 2004

BS News said yesterday that the producer of its flawed report about President Bush's National Guard service violated network policy by putting a source in touch with a top aide to Senator John Kerry.

"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda," the network said in a statement.

The rebuke of the producer, Mary Mapes, also broadcast last night on "The CBS Evening News," served to underscore the change in Ms. Mapes's status in the last week.

Leading up to the report on Sept. 8, on the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," about the records, records that the news division now says it can no longer vouch for, Ms. Mapes was one of the most respected producers at the network.

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Her reputation was burnished in the spring, after the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," then called "60 Minutes II," reported in detail the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, Iraq.

Now executives at the news division say that high regard may have poked a fatal hole in its checking procedures, perhaps making some news executives less vigilant in asking hard questions about how the producer obtained documents.

Privately, network officials said they were caught off guard on Monday when Joe Lockhart, a senior adviser to Mr. Kerry, told reporters that he had spoken to Bill Burkett, the source for the questionable documents, at the behest of Ms. Mapes.

On Monday, the news division announced that Mr. Burkett had misled Ms. Mapes and Dan Rather, the network anchor who presented the report, about the origins of the documents.

In an interview with Mr. Rather, Mr. Burkett admitted lying about their provenance, saying first that they came from a former Guard officer overseas and then that they came by way of a mysterious couple.

Officials of CBS News and CBS management have announced that they will name an independent committee to investigate how the report was prepared and broadcast.

Ms. Mapes, through a network spokeswoman, declined to comment. That Ms. Mapes is now at the center of such a lapse is hard to fathom, many colleagues at the network said.

"Mary Mapes has always been a first-class producer with an impressive body of work," said Jeff Fager, now the executive producer of the Sunday edition of "60 Minutes" who supervised her when he was executive producer of the Wednesday program. "I hope we all find out soon how this could have gone so horribly wrong."

For a week after the report, CBS News executives said they were confident about the authenticity and origins of the documents, even as experts stepped forward to say they could only have been produced by modern word processors.

Top network officials, who face questions about their roles in broadcasting the report, say part of that assuredness came from the confidence that Ms. Mapes showed in her source and the report.

Executives had reason for that confidence. At 48, Ms. Mapes is accomplished enough that producers for the "60 Minutes" Wednesday edition, which is based in New York, let her work from home in Dallas, similar to arrangements with several top producers.

She had all the more influence as Mr. Rather's designated producer on the Wednesday program, where she reported to Mr. Fager until this fall, when Josh Howard succeeded Mr. Fager.

Although the two editions share the name, they operate under separate top executives and, for the most part, maintain separate production teams and correspondents.

In recent days, two correspondents for the original Sunday edition, Morley Safer and Steve Kroft, have said the Guard report did not live up to their program's standards.

The Abu Ghraib scandal was one of several exclusives for Ms. Mapes, who began working for the news division in 1989, mostly as a producer for "The CBS Evening News."

In 1999, she secured for Mr. Rather an interview with Shawn Allen Berry, a white man who was convicted in the racially motivated killing of James Byrd Jr., whom Mr. Berry and two others dragged behind a pick-up truck near Jasper, Tex.

Ms. Mapes nearly went to jail for refusing to hand over tapes of the interview to prosecutors.

She also secured a major interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton after President Bill Clinton faced impeachment proceedings.

Mr. Rather and CBS executives said that Mr. Bush's Guard records had been intensely important to her, a subject she had been chasing with Mr. Rather off and on for five years.

Several people at the news division, who insisted on anonymity because they had been told not to talk to reporters, said one important line of inquiry in the internal inquiry would be whether Ms. Mapes's zeal clouded her judgment.

Some colleagues and associates questioned whether her politics could have interfered.

John Carlson, a colleague of Ms. Mapes at KIRO-TV in Seattle in the 1980's who is now the host of a conservative radio talk show there, said she was "ardently liberal.''

"When I heard about this story,'' Mr. Carlson said, "I said, 'I wonder if that's Mary, because she was someone who, like many advocacy journalists, went into journalism to try to change society.'

"She believed in what she was doing, and I think that she and other people at CBS would not have made the same mistakes had this story been about John Kerry.''

Mr. Fager, her old superviser, said the only thing he knew that drove Ms. Mapes was a passion to get a story and get it right.

Some colleagues expressed worry that Ms. Mapes would be a scapegoat and that others, like Mr. Rather; Betsy West, a CBS News senior vice president; and the CBS News president, Andrew Heyward, would not be held accountable.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 09/21/2004 8:50:42 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda," the network said in a statement.

LOL!

2 posted on 09/21/2004 8:51:47 PM PDT by Andyman
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To: Pikamax
Viacom owner of CBS: MTV Running Ad Saying Kids Will Be Drafted!!"








3 posted on 09/21/2004 8:51:54 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (What did Dan Rather know, and when did he know it?)
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To: Pikamax

Mary... do you really want to be the fall "guy"?


4 posted on 09/21/2004 8:52:49 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: Pikamax

Setting Mapes up to take the fall. If that happens, I wonder
how she will react and what she would have to say.


5 posted on 09/21/2004 8:53:50 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Paleo Conservative

Mary... none of us believe that you made that call, without prodding from the "man"


6 posted on 09/21/2004 8:54:02 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: Pikamax

Cat fight...


7 posted on 09/21/2004 8:54:04 PM PDT by Drango (PJs? Never. FReep in the "Buff")
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To: Pikamax

Um yeah, New York Times, the CBS story is a bit more than simply "flawed," as you suggest.


8 posted on 09/21/2004 8:54:35 PM PDT by Guillermo (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad.)
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To: Pikamax
"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda,"

You crack me up!

Obvious? Obvious to who?

ROTFLMAOIMPJ's

9 posted on 09/21/2004 8:54:38 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: Pikamax
These creeps have broken lots of laws!!! Will they go down for it...is the $64,000 question.
10 posted on 09/21/2004 8:55:01 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: Drango

Mary... this is just another example of the Male Hegemony throwing a woman "under the bus"


11 posted on 09/21/2004 8:55:24 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: Pikamax

Hey Mary, they're gonna fire you 'cause you're the girl.


12 posted on 09/21/2004 8:56:01 PM PDT by Enterprise (The left hates the Constitution. Islamic Fascism hates America. Natural allies.)
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To: bikepacker67

Will Mary 'take one for the team', the "team" being a bit more generic and global reaching than the good ol' boys at CBS.


13 posted on 09/21/2004 8:56:39 PM PDT by Dat Mon (clever tagline under construction)
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To: Pikamax
BS News said yesterday that the producer of its flawed report about President Bush's National Guard service violated network policy by putting a source in touch with a top aide to Senator John Kerry.


14 posted on 09/21/2004 8:56:46 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Pikamax
"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda," the network said in a statement.

Stop it - I just ate.

The rebuke of the producer, Mary Mapes, also broadcast last night on "The CBS Evening News," served to underscore the change in Ms. Mapes's status in the last week.

And there, sports fans, is your sacrificial "lamb". In Birkenstocks.

15 posted on 09/21/2004 8:57:06 PM PDT by asgardshill (By direct order, I LOVE ALAN KEYES!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

She's smart enough to take one for the team, because she knows that after a couple of months of vacation, she'll be quietly hired as a campaign consultant by the Democrats. This will probably wind up being a career boost for her, as long as she plays ball.


16 posted on 09/21/2004 8:57:11 PM PDT by Fabozz
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To: Pikamax
Instead of bumping...

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?"

Cbs is toast.

5.56mm

17 posted on 09/21/2004 8:57:26 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Pikamax

"Ms. Mapes is the greatest of all time.

However, someone needs to die on the tracks."


18 posted on 09/21/2004 8:57:43 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: Pikamax

Hang em all! oops I mean they all should be "pink slipped"!


19 posted on 09/21/2004 8:58:37 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Bush Democrats = Zell's Angels)
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To: Pikamax
"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda," the network said in a statement.

Wow. I mean Friggin' Wow. Does anyone else feel like they're living in some kind of alternate universe?

20 posted on 09/21/2004 8:58:38 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Pikamax

What do you want to bet NOBODY GETS FIRED!!


21 posted on 09/21/2004 8:58:52 PM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: Pikamax

Grrr! I knew they were going to make Mary Mapes the fall-gal! What a bunch of crybabies.

This is the Lefts spin machine at it's best. This women will fall on the knife, and no one else will ever get a scratch.


22 posted on 09/21/2004 8:59:04 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Pikamax
"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda," . . .

Such pure, unadulterated bullsh*t. Why even put up the front, folks? CBS remains a reputable news organization alright. Their reputation is that of DNC shills.

23 posted on 09/21/2004 9:01:38 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (A bus load of sweaty cheerleaders doesn't necessarily smell bad.)
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To: Pikamax
CBS is setting up their scapegoats for the slaughter.

Rather will skate merrily along and Mr. & Mrs. Dumbass will keep tuning in to get their daily dose of hog slop from the Telly.

Nothing new here...move along.

24 posted on 09/21/2004 9:02:08 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (And everything under the sun is in tune...but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.)
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To: Pikamax

What a total crock. CBS will continue to spin this and avoid admitting the truth that they were going to get Bush no matter what it took. Anone who thinks this was just a "mistake" is from another planet. This was a deliberate smear and they never expected to get caught.


25 posted on 09/21/2004 9:02:21 PM PDT by Casloy
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To: Pikamax
The rebuke of the producer, Mary Mapes

Can you say "Scape Goat"?

26 posted on 09/21/2004 9:02:21 PM PDT by Camachee (`)
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To: Pikamax

it seems to me, i remember some top guy at 60 minutes bragging that he got bill clinton elected (the first time) by editing clinton's 60 minutes interview ("i have made mistakes in my marriage") to make clinton look good.


27 posted on 09/21/2004 9:03:17 PM PDT by drhogan
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To: Dat Mon
Ya, but she'll be bucking for a cushy appointment in the alternate universe where Kerry wins.

Mary... In the REAL universe you could make a bundle by not being the patsy.

28 posted on 09/21/2004 9:04:22 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: Pikamax

I know that we have discussed President Bush’s Air Guard service sited by CBS's forged documents but the Air Force Manual that the documents refer to has nothing to do with Flying Boards or meeting Flight Physical Standards. In the 70s the manual that covers these items is AFM 160-1. AFM 160-1 contains the actual schedule and other requirements about these medical exams.

Now Kerry on his web site on 27 Apr 2004 raised the following question:

FACT:
Bush Was Suspended From Flight Duty For Failing To Take Mandated Medical Exam. On September 29, 1972, Bush was officially suspended from flying for missing his annual medical examination. The orders note that Bush’s suspension is authorized under the guidelines presented in Air Force Manual 35-12 Para 2-29m, which reads that Bush’s local commander “will direct an investigation as to why the individual failed to accomplish the medical examination.” [Aeronautical Orders, Number 87, 29 Sept 72; AFM 35-13, Para 2-29m] Where Are the Complete Results of the Required Investigation into Bush’s Absence from the Exam?

We now know that the memo's were completely bogus and the reference to
AFM 35-15 was a ruse by the person that forged the documents to add a touch of realism.

My question is this:
How does the Kerry campaign explain away the fact that they and the CBS memos cite the same bogus Air Force Manual 35-13 without being in contact with each other. Two groups just dreaming up the same non-existent manual goes way beyond coincidence?


29 posted on 09/21/2004 9:07:22 PM PDT by wattsup (wattsup)
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To: bikepacker67

I got it...the Halle Bop (spell?) people forged the memos!


30 posted on 09/21/2004 9:09:34 PM PDT by Dat Mon (clever tagline under construction)
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To: Pikamax
"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be exposed as being associated with any political agenda," the network said in a statement.

Five years? That's not an investigation -- it's an agenda!!!

31 posted on 09/21/2004 9:11:41 PM PDT by TXnMA (FR is "all growed up"! Messin' with this 'kid' now is just askin' for an @$$-kickin'!!!)
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To: Pikamax
"I hope we all find out soon how this could have gone so horribly wrong."

He said, insincerely...

32 posted on 09/21/2004 9:12:10 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ( MSM, We are watching you......)
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33 posted on 09/21/2004 9:12:26 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Dat Mon
the Halle Bop (spell?) people forged the memos!

Yuppers... and they were wearing their magic nikes

34 posted on 09/21/2004 9:12:59 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: bikepacker67

LOL...youre good mon...


35 posted on 09/21/2004 9:15:16 PM PDT by Dat Mon (clever tagline under construction)
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To: Pikamax
CBS Says Producer Violated Policy by Putting Source in Touch With Kerry Aide

Wait just a friggin' minute. NOW cBS is saying they had the source FIRST? Is cBS falling on the sword to protect the DNC? I thought it had been established the DNC had the memos first, then sent them to cBS after they determined the memos were fraudulent. How else could the DNC have incorporated elements mentioned in the memos into some of their campaign ads running long before the memos were released by cBS?

Enquiring minds want to know.

36 posted on 09/21/2004 9:18:03 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: bikepacker67

If they fire her, she will spill the beans. We know it all was a plot with the Kerry campaign.

What a bunch of crimminals, the whole lot of them.
The Democrat party is finnished. They will continue on with the worst smear and lie campaign ever seen, because they have nothing to loose.


37 posted on 09/21/2004 9:18:45 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Pikamax

she violated the policy by getting caught.


38 posted on 09/21/2004 9:19:09 PM PDT by smonk
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To: Nathan Zachary
This needs to be addressed at the debates.

Questions need to be asked.

39 posted on 09/21/2004 9:20:00 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: Pikamax

marymapes: dust off your resume'


40 posted on 09/21/2004 9:21:00 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Bender : This is the worst kind of discrimination. The kind against me.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
marymapes: dust off your resume'

That's funny, I think she should be dusting off her lawyer.

41 posted on 09/21/2004 9:21:53 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: Pikamax
"It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda,"

HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!! Oh stop it!

42 posted on 09/21/2004 9:22:13 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1

I say again, we could get a real war going here by sending here lots of emails saying that we believe CBS is throwing her in front of the train because she's just a girl.


43 posted on 09/21/2004 9:23:39 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: smonk

My theory is that the DNC is really comprised of several camps vying for power. This operation was planned and executed by the the far left camp, which is part and parcel of the Kerry campaign. I dont think the Clintons themsleves were behind this. The lawyer Van os figures centrally in this, perhaps he was the conduit from the Kerry campaign to the dem operatives in Texas. Mapes, Rathers daughter, and probably Rather himself are in all the same Texas far left cabal.


44 posted on 09/21/2004 9:24:59 PM PDT by Dat Mon (clever tagline under construction)
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To: Chaguito

"I say again, we could get a real war going here by sending here lots of emails saying that we believe CBS is throwing her in front of the train because she's just a girl."

LOL I like the way you think!!!!!


45 posted on 09/21/2004 9:25:24 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Dat Mon

Not that it matters, but Mapes is from a little town in Washington state. (I'm not even sure why I'm pointing this out.)


46 posted on 09/21/2004 9:26:07 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (God bless Senator Zell Miller.)
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To: Pikamax

>>>>"Mary Mapes has always been a first-class producer with an impressive body of work," said Jeff Fager, . . . "I hope we all find out soon how this could have gone so horribly wrong."

I hear OJ is still looking for the real killer too.

patent


47 posted on 09/21/2004 9:28:23 PM PDT by patent (A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Carl Sandburg)
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To: Chaguito
AND TONIGHT, CBS PRESENTS THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK..





48 posted on 09/21/2004 9:28:38 PM PDT by One4Indictment
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To: Pikamax

CBS doesn't have a political agenda. Noooo! It's merely following the DNC script.


49 posted on 09/21/2004 9:28:45 PM PDT by sergeantdave (ATTENTION - Republicans vote Tuesday. Democrats on Wednesday.)
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To: Chaguito
I say again, we could get a real war going here by sending here lots of emails saying that we believe CBS is throwing her in front of the train because she's just a girl.

at least wait until after her verdict

50 posted on 09/21/2004 9:29:27 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Bender : This is the worst kind of discrimination. The kind against me.)
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