Skip to comments.CBS Memo Scandal Results in Firings (Free Republic and Buckhead mentioned)
Posted on 01/12/2005 5:47:51 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
CBS News announced on Monday morning that it had asked three executives to step down and has fired producer Mary Mapes. The announcement was the result of a near four month investigation into a story that aired in September by CBS news anchor Dan Rather that claimed George W. Bush received preferential treatment in the Texas Air National Guard.
In part, the story was based on memos that were quickly challenged in the new media as fraudulent. Within minutes a poster on a Free Republic message board with the screen name of Buckhead made challenges to the authenticity of the memos. By the next morning several members of the blogosphere were dismantling the memos piece by piece. Michelle Malkin has a nice round up of the history of how the story was covered in the new media.
The fact that the story was discredited nearly instantly didn't seem to matter to Dan Rather who defended the story for 12 full days. He stubbornly refused to acknowledge his mistakes and still demanded that President Bush answer the "charges" even though the story was falling to pieces.
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Thanks for setting the record straight.
FRankly, this adulation thing for any citizen freeper doing his or her 'duty' is a bit much. Andy Warhol must be tittering.
The hoopla is great but at least folks should get the whole story straight.
(adjusts asbestos undies)
Always a good woman behind a Good Man.
Thanker! Tanker KC,Too!
I am suggesting that we coin a new phrase..
The Dan Rather Syndrome.....
The Dan Rather Syndrome, is where your boss has you take the blame for a cluster F.... and he has you take the fall.
"I got fired as a result of the Dan Rather Syndrome.. My Boss made me take the hit for his f... up..."
Let this be Rather's legacy.....
Again, Salutes to Buckhead.....He crashed their system...awesome!