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CBS' Mary Mapes, in 'Vanity Fair,' Defends Role in 'RatherGate'
Editor & Publisher ^ | 10/31/05

Posted on 11/01/2005 9:38:05 PM PST by freespirited

NEW YORK In the upcoming December issue of Vanity Fair, Mary Mapes, the CBS News producer who lost her job after the disputed "60 Minutes II" Bush/National Guard report, writes, "I must answer the bloggers, the babblers and blabbers, and the true believers who have called me everything from 'feminazi' to an 'elitist liberal' to an 'idiot.'

"If I was an idiot, it was for believing in a free press that is able to do its job without fear or favor. ...I didn't know that the attack on our story was going to be as effective as a brilliantly run national political campaign, because that is what it was: a political campaign."

The December article, not yet generally available, is an excerpt from Mapes' soon-to-be-published book, "Truth and Duty" (St. Martin's) on her career and the episode often called Rathergate. Vanity Fair says Mapes sets out to "answer her critics."

In a statement released Monday, CBS News said: "Mary Mapes' actions damaged CBS News as an organization and brought pain to many colleagues with whom she worked. As always, revisionist history must be tested against the facts." It pointed to its independent panel's 200-page report, adding: "We believe those facts speak for themselves."

Mapes writes that she had felt the Guard segment was a big success after airing on Sept. 8, 2004, until the following morning at 11 a.m. when she learned that a bunch of "far-right" Web sites were claiming that documents were forged.

That same day about 3 p.m. she recalls staring at the Drudge Report and seeing a big picture of Rather at the top and a headline saying that he was "shaken" and hiding in his office. The phone rang and it was Rather, telling her he'd just heard about the Drudge headline and he wanted to assure her that he was not "shaken" and was not even in his office.

He signed off with a favorite expression of his: "FEA" for "---- 'em all."

She writes that what she didn't know at the time was that the attack on the "60 Minutes" piece was just part of the Bushites "sliming" of those who raised questions about the president.

After detailing the unraveling of the Guard segment, Mapes describes crying her eyes out at an airport bathroom after Rather tells her by phone that CBS was going to apologize for the report and appoint a committee to investigate what went wrong. Rather also told her to get a lawyer.

Finally, she details how in that probe the question of how "liberal" she was became paramount. She likens it to the days of Sen. Joe McCarthy and charges that it was ironic that the same network that stood up to McCarthy with the Edward R. Murrow broadcasts was now caving in to similar tactics now: "Suspected liberals had become the new 'Communists...What in the world would Edward R. Murrow think of his network now?"

In the end she observes that the outside panel that probed the report and found correct procedures were lacking did not investigate the legitimacy of the documents. She claims that a researcher has since shown her typography on other documents from the period Bush was in the Guard that suggest that the memos she obtained cannot be easily dismissed "as being forgeries."

She also calls one of the co-leaders of that probe, Dick Thornburgh, worse than an "empty suit...He was completely full if it."

Throughout the article, Vanity Fair frequently cuts away for bracketed response from others involved in the episode who answer or rebut some of her charges.

At one point, for example, she asserts that CBS News chief Andrew Heyward said that if the bloggers could come up with "lousy analysts" to attack the authenticity of the memos CBS could find its own "lousy analysts."

In an e-mail to Vanity Fair, Heyward denied this.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: danrather; election2004; marymapes; nationalguard; proudmary; rathergate
"I must answer the bloggers, the babblers and blabbers, and the true believers who have called me everything from 'feminazi' to an 'elitist liberal' to an 'idiot.'

How 'bout moonbat?

1 posted on 11/01/2005 9:38:06 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited; Howlin; All

You know what I hear she going mention Free Republic in her memiors that be classic


2 posted on 11/01/2005 9:40:55 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Not everybody in, it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"= Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: freespirited

Their Communistic dirty tricks worked in bye gone days, BUT NOT NOW! A HA HA HA HA. The internet, and FrRepublic is putting an end to their lies and dirty tricks.


3 posted on 11/01/2005 9:41:42 PM PST by timestax
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To: freespirited

Gee, Mary, maybe it had something to do with the lack of truth, you think?


4 posted on 11/01/2005 9:42:45 PM PST by DB ()
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To: SevenofNine

Oh good......we need more new members!


5 posted on 11/01/2005 9:44:30 PM PST by Howlin
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To: freespirited

---.I didn't know that the attack on our story was going to be as effective as a brilliantly run national political campaign, because that is what it was: a political campaign."---

What a nerve! She should be ashamed to go out in public and she knows it, but she can't atone and ask forgiveness because she doesn't believe in that sort of thing.


6 posted on 11/01/2005 9:45:16 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: timestax
that is what it was: a political campaign."

It was fiction to achieve your hard left agenda.

7 posted on 11/01/2005 9:46:55 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: freespirited
She claims that a researcher has since shown her typography on other documents from the period Bush was in the Guard that suggest that the memos she obtained cannot be easily dismissed "as being forgeries."

Oh yeah, she's an idiot alright.

8 posted on 11/01/2005 9:46:59 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: freespirited

CBS

9 posted on 11/01/2005 9:47:22 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: freespirited
I sent this e-mail note to Editor & Publisher last night:

Savannah TN 10-31

Dear Editor:

One wonders if Mary Mapes mentions, in her book, her
coordination with candidate John Kerry's campaign
command center as she and Rather rushed the Guard
story to the air. This ethical breach alone would get
her and Rather fired if 60 Minutes II were anything
more than a commercial, entertainment product.

Mapes', and Rather's, trauma over the scandal is
understandable. Their sad folly illustrated the end of
the establishment news media's monopoly on reality.
Something they still don't fathom.

Brad (last name)
10 posted on 11/01/2005 9:47:48 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: freespirited

LOL. The gift that keeps on giving. Remember, her peers categorized her as "brilliant"....


11 posted on 11/01/2005 9:49:07 PM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: freespirited
I didn't know that the attack on our story was going to be as effective as a brilliantly run national political campaign, because that is what it was: a political campaign."

Mary, if you don't classify your story as "an almost brilliant ran national political campaign", I would be interested in what you would call your scam.

12 posted on 11/01/2005 9:50:59 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: freespirited
She claims that a researcher has since shown her typography on other documents from the period Bush was in the Guard that suggest that the memos she obtained cannot be easily dismissed "as being forgeries."

Pathetic. Yes, Mary, they can. And that's as weak a defense as the "fake but accurate" formulation that convinced absolutely nobody.

And yes, it was a "political campaign," - not the outcry against the forgeries, but the forgeries themselves. Mapes was not a victim of McCarthyism, she was a victim of what is at the least credulity, ineptitude, and unprofessionalism and at most a particularly clumsy attempt to swindle and smear.

13 posted on 11/01/2005 9:51:21 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: freespirited

"She claims that a researcher has since shown her typography on other documents from the period Bush was in the Guard that suggest that the memos she obtained cannot be easily dismissed "as being forgeries."

Mary, bring him/her and the other documents out and let them be examined, IF they exist.


14 posted on 11/01/2005 9:51:37 PM PST by Theresawithanh (You'll get me to stop posting on FR when you wrench my laptop from my cold, dead fingers!)
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To: claudiustg
Ms. Mapes defense of who me? begs for the answer of
"screw you". Talk about a true believer, one cannot
pimp a lie trying to hurt a sitting president and then
say "Who me?". Shame on you Mapes, in the old days of
the USSR you would be handed a pistol with one bullet
in it and be told to "Go home and think about it"
15 posted on 11/01/2005 9:51:50 PM PST by p[adre29 (Arma in armatos)
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To: freespirited
..."CBS could find its own lousy analysts."
Lousy would mean raising the bar at CBS

16 posted on 11/01/2005 9:53:27 PM PST by ComputerGuy (An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy)
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To: Howlin; All

I hope they don't trash Free Republic like Hollywood trash Joan Crawford with Fayne Dunway

That what this forum dont' need PR be remember as wire hanging alcoholic Hollywood b***h

I just hope some Hollywood writer do number on CBS pick up this book rights LOL!


17 posted on 11/01/2005 9:59:20 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Not everybody in, it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"= Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SevenofNine

lol


18 posted on 11/01/2005 10:00:14 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: p[adre29

She should be facing charges! She tried to mislead us in one of the most important selections for the Republic and then she complains when found out and called on it. She'll be married to this fraud for the rest of her life.


19 posted on 11/01/2005 10:01:41 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: freespirited
She claims that a researcher has since shown her typography on other documents from the period Bush was in the Guard that suggest that the memos she obtained cannot be easily dismissed "as being forgeries."

I'll betcha anything this is a reference to the elevated "th" and the half-space non-elevated "th" with an underscore they showed on TV as proof that the elevated "th" could have been typed in the Guard office.

This whole affair really turned me. I don't know which is more astounding, their brazenness or their stupidity.

20 posted on 11/01/2005 10:02:44 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: freespirited

My fav comment re this, via Powerline:

http://powerlineblog.com/archives/011808.php#011808

"...she says that critics of her television program talked about "peripheral spacing"... This is astonishing...that after a year, Mapes still doesn't know that "proportional spacing" is what we and many other bloggers discussed..."

Does this woman not have a single friend willing to take her aside? I mean, I love bashing the ignorant arrogant MSM as much as anyone, but its almost cruel to let her keep talking.


21 posted on 11/01/2005 10:03:26 PM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: freespirited

Does Mary believe that the pain she has received as a result of the exposure of the attempt to use a forgery to defame a Pesident is of much more import than the crime itself? (Is she a leftist?)


22 posted on 11/01/2005 10:05:32 PM PST by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: freespirited

Doesn't Tim Russert's wife work for Vanity Fair?


23 posted on 11/01/2005 10:16:06 PM PST by malia (Marc Rich surfaces again -- this time in the Oil For Food Scandal)
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To: malia

Doesn't Tim Russert's wife work for Vanity Fair?


Maureen Orth, sure does.


24 posted on 11/01/2005 10:27:03 PM PST by SoCalPol (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: SoCalPol

Wow.. Timmy's wife picks up all the has-beens for the mag, huh? First Wilson and now Mapes.


25 posted on 11/01/2005 11:24:31 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: freespirited

Talk to the hand Mapes, you Communist moonbat.


26 posted on 11/01/2005 11:25:10 PM PST by Whitewasher (Would u like America to be a goat nation in the millennium to come? Keep pushing the "Roadmap" bull!)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

"Wow.. Timmy's wife picks up all the has-beens for the mag, huh? First Wilson and now Mapes."

What we call 'has-beens', the left calls 'heroes': the more you screw up, fail, and break laws, then the higher your stature becomes in the Democratic Party.

But, it is kinda fun to see them turning on each other; i.e. CBS-Mapes & NY Slimes-Judith Miller.

We ain't seen nothin' yet :-)


27 posted on 11/02/2005 1:14:51 AM PST by American in Singapore (Who needs Comedy Central when we have liberals?)
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To: claudiustg
What a nerve! She should be ashamed to go out in public and she knows it...

Kinda reminds one of a child molester trying to make their depravity more palatable, doesn't it?

28 posted on 11/02/2005 1:24:02 AM PST by papertyger
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To: ncountylee

bttt


29 posted on 11/02/2005 8:39:00 AM PST by timestax
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To: Fenris6
almost cruel to let her keep talking.

And if things were reversed, they would show mercy?

30 posted on 11/02/2005 8:44:02 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: freespirited
Mapes writes that she had felt the Guard segment was a big success

How is a news story a "success". What would have made the story a failure?

Here, I thought that the news was supposed to be an accounting of the facts, not a success. Gives away the agenda, doesn't it?

31 posted on 11/02/2005 9:09:41 AM PST by par4 (If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything)
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To: American in Singapore

I'm with you on that... just hope my blood pressure can hold out through '08.


32 posted on 11/02/2005 12:33:52 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

bttt


33 posted on 11/02/2005 1:55:50 PM PST by timestax
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To: ncountylee

"And if things were reversed, they would show mercy?"

Of coruse not. I just find it interesting that none of Mape's collegues can get her to shut up. She's an embarrasment to herself and to the journalistic "profession" - although its becoming more evident that she is the standard, not the exception.


34 posted on 11/02/2005 6:24:38 PM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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