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CBS Apologizes to Missouri Paper for TV Fakery (Fake but Accurate Alert)
Editor & Publisher ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 02/23/2006 1:27:22 PM PST by abb

NEW YORK Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of CBS’ "48 Hours Mystery, has apologized for airing an altered image of the front page of the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune in an episode about a local murder trial that aired Saturday.

The paper’s managing editor, Jim Robertson, had complained to CBS in an e-mail. Zirinsky said she didn’t know the image of the front page covering Ryan Ferguson’s sentencing had been drastically manipulated.

Ferguson had been convicted last October of killing the newpaper’s sports editor, Kent Heitholt, whose body was found in the Tribune’s parking lot in November 2001.

"It was an egregious oversight for us not to know it," Zirinsky said, according to the Tribune. "It was a graphic, and we don’t feel it changed the editorial value of the story, per se."

She did not mention whether CBS would inform viewers on the air or on its Web site.

The CBS show, which raised questions about Ferguson’s guilt, showed several front pages from the Tribune during its "Dream Killer" program. A graphic of the Tribune’s Dec. 5 front page for some reason showed a photograph of Ferguson in a suit and tie at his sentencing. The original photograph showed Ferguson in a bright orange jail uniform.

Zirinsky blamed the fakery on a freelancer hired by CBS, according to the Tribune.

Ferguson, 21, was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the slaying of Heitholt, who was bludgeoned and strangled. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

(Excerpt) Read more at editorandpublisher.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cbs; cbsnews; columbia; dailytribune; deceit; fabrication; fakebutaccurate; jimrobertson; mediabias; medialies; missouri; msm; newsfakers; oldmedia; rather; susanzirinsky; zirinsky
Oooops!!
1 posted on 02/23/2006 1:27:24 PM PST by abb
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To: abb
Zirinsky said she didn’t know the image of the front page covering Ryan Ferguson’s sentencing had been drastically manipulated.

Zirinsky blamed the fakery on a freelancer hired by CBS

If she knew, she's a lousy newspaper person.

If she didn't know, she's a lousy producer.

You just can't get good help anymore...

2 posted on 02/23/2006 1:31:21 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: abb
CBS

'Nuff said.

3 posted on 02/23/2006 1:31:39 PM PST by magslinger (Cry Havoc and let slip the yobos of war!)
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To: abb

The swirl they're caught in goes counter clockwise ... the flush handle was pulled several years ago.


4 posted on 02/23/2006 1:32:40 PM PST by tx_eggman (Islamofascism ... bringing you the best of the 7th century for the past 1300 years.)
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To: abb
the Tribune’s Dec. 5 front page for some reason showed a photograph of Ferguson in a suit and tie at his sentencing. The original photograph showed Ferguson in a bright orange jail uniform.

Seems strange that his Managing Editor would beef about it, though.

I presume the suit and tie looked better than the orange jump suit.

5 posted on 02/23/2006 1:33:19 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: abb
"It was a graphic, and we don’t feel it changed the editorial value of the story, per se."

I see they're still trying to peddle the "fake, but accurate" excuse.

6 posted on 02/23/2006 1:34:22 PM PST by TravisBickle (The War on Terror: Win It There or Fight It Here)
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To: Izzy Dunne

"A graphic of the Tribune’s Dec. 5 front page for some reason showed a photograph of Ferguson in a suit and tie at his sentencing."

"For some reason." LOL!! Musta been magic....


7 posted on 02/23/2006 1:34:28 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: magslinger
CBS 'Nuff said.

Or to put it another way:

SEE BS

8 posted on 02/23/2006 1:37:23 PM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: abb

Any Columbia residents? I seem to recall the accounts related more evidence than the "dream".


9 posted on 02/23/2006 1:39:00 PM PST by steve8714 (Burn Peugeot, burn.)
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To: abb
"It was an egregious oversight for us not to know it," Zirinsky said, according to the Tribune. "It was a graphic, and we don’t feel it changed the editorial value of the story, per se."

Yup. "Fake, but accurate."

Sheesh.

10 posted on 02/23/2006 1:39:51 PM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Article from the aggrieved newspaper with offending picture....

http://www.showmenews.com/2006/Feb/20060223News003.asp

‘48 Hours’ apologizes for altered image

By SARA AGNEW of the Tribune’s staff
Published Thursday, February 23, 2006

The executive producer of CBS’ "48 Hours Mystery" has apologized for airing an altered image of the front page of the Tribune in an episode about the murder trial of Ryan Ferguson that aired Saturday night.

CBS aired an altered image of the Tribune’s front page for its “48 Hours Mystery.” Above is the original Tribune front page. Below is an image from the show.
The producer, Susan Zirinsky, said she didn’t know the image of the front page containing the story about Ferguson’s sentencing had been manipulated until this week after Tribune Managing Editor Jim Robertson complained to CBS in an e-mail.

"It was an egregious oversight for us not to know it," Zirinsky said. "It was a graphic, and we don’t feel it changed the editorial value of the story, per se."

Bob Steele, a senior ethics faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a premier journalism training center in Florida, said CBS executives should apologize to viewers and use the network’s Web site to explain what went wrong and accept responsibility for an ethical failure.

"What they did wrong was twofold," he said. "One, they altered reality by changing a piece of documentary journalism.

"Secondly, they deceived their viewers because they left them with the impression that what they showed was a truthful representation of what the newspaper showed."

The TV newsmagazine showed several front pages from the Tribune during its hourlong program "Dream Killer," about the trial of Ferguson, found guilty in October of killing Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.

During the show, which raised the question of whether Ferguson was wrongly convicted, a graphic of the Tribune’s Dec. 5 front page showed a photograph of Ferguson that was different from what actually appeared in the Tribune. The original photograph showed Ferguson in a jail uniform as he appeared at his sentencing. In "Dream Killer," Ferguson was shown in a suit and tie.

Zirinsky said the graphic has been changed in the master tape of the program to accurately reflect the Tribune’s front page. A freelancer hired by CBS for the first time was responsible for the alteration, Zirinsky said.

"We feel we are doing the right thing," she said. "We have apologized to the editor."

Steele, of the Poynter Institute, said CBS can explain what went wrong in terms of the action of its freelancer but said that doesn’t absolve the network of its responsibility.

"CBS retains the responsibility of what they put on the air, including how" its news "is gathered and how it is produced," he said.

Ferguson, 21, was found guilty Oct. 21 of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the slaying of Heitholt, whose bludgeoned and strangled body was found in the early hours of Nov. 1, 2001, in a parking lot next to the Tribune. Ferguson and Chuck Erickson were arrested March 10, 2004, after witnesses told police Erickson had spoken of the crime to a friend. Erickson later told police that he and Ferguson killed Heitholt.

Erickson, who was a pivotal witness in the Ferguson trial, told jurors he repressed his memory of the crime for two years until news articles jogged his recollection.

Erickson declined interviews with "48 Hours" reporters, who focused most of their coverage on the trial and interviews with the Ferguson family and friends.

Bill Ferguson said his family has received hundreds of e-mails and many phone calls since the story aired. "I thought" the show "was very fair and well-presented," he said.

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane said he’s heard complaints from other people who were at the trial that the "48 Hours" episode was slanted in favor of Ferguson. While he said he thought producers went out of their way to portray Ferguson as an innocent victim, he said the show was more balanced than he expected. "The fact is: They did put enough of Chuck on the stand and juxtaposed that with interviews" with Ferguson "in prison and on the stand so that you could gauge the credibility of both guys," he said. "They showed enough of Chuck to show how he came across to the jury."

Kali Heitholt said she was disappointed the program didn’t show more about her father and who he was. "We think that he was lost in the story," she said in an e-mail. "It saddens us that ‘48 Hours’ didn’t end up being a vehicle for people to see the life of such an extraordinary and lovely person."

Reach Sara Agnew at (573) 815-1717 or sagnew@tribmail.com.


11 posted on 02/23/2006 1:41:14 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb

How about this little tidbit?!?!?!?

"Zirinsky said the graphic has been changed in the master tape of the program to accurately reflect the Tribune’s front page."

Trying to erase history....


12 posted on 02/23/2006 1:44:11 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb

Hey, they only get caught a couple of times.


13 posted on 02/23/2006 1:47:28 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: abb

CBS aired an altered image of the Tribune’s front page for its “48 Hours Mystery.” Above is the original Tribune front page. Below is an image from the show.


14 posted on 02/23/2006 1:52:18 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch

Hmmmm....Looks like Bender 2's work. Maybe we should ping him....


15 posted on 02/23/2006 1:57:07 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I don't know about this story in particular, but such freelancers are often locals who have covered the story from the beginning and hope it will be their ticket to national exposure in print or broadcast. Instead, the best they get is an offer to buy their research. They may not be happy campers, giving them a motive to be less than 100% accurate.


16 posted on 02/23/2006 1:57:39 PM PST by joylyn
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To: abb

How did they alter the picture...put horns on the guy or something? After all, such minor changes are only editorial and don't change the facts.


17 posted on 02/23/2006 1:58:56 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: abb; Bender2

Did you do this thing? - With apologies for stealing the dialogue from "Clear and Present Danger"


18 posted on 02/23/2006 2:02:48 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: highlander_UW

The altered picture reinforces their story template - the guy is innocent. If CBS used the pic of him in a prison jumpsuit, it wouldn't fit the story they were trying to sell


19 posted on 02/23/2006 2:05:47 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: Tokra
SEEBS

Better?

20 posted on 02/23/2006 2:08:34 PM PST by magslinger (Cry Havoc and let slip the yobos of war!)
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To: abb
The altered picture reinforces their story template - the guy is innocent. If CBS used the pic of him in a prison jumpsuit, it wouldn't fit the story they were trying to sell

So they blanked out the orange jumpsuit and photo-shopped in an Armani suit?

21 posted on 02/23/2006 2:18:49 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Tokra

SEE BS
..............For that you need a subscription to the St. Pete Times in Flori-DUH?


22 posted on 02/23/2006 2:22:05 PM PST by litehaus
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To: highlander_UW

I don't know if that's how they did it. What they did do is misrepresent what the Columbia Tribune put on their front page. Where the pic of him in the suit came from, the story doesn't say...


23 posted on 02/23/2006 2:27:20 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb

"The altered picture reinforces their story template - the guy is innocent. If CBS used the pic of him in a prison jumpsuit, it wouldn't fit the story they were trying to sell."

WE HAVE A WINNER!

It's like those Protest Warriors that Time cropped to make look like real Ann Coulter protestors --- that fit Time's agenda.


24 posted on 02/23/2006 2:27:42 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: abb

The culture of deception is prevalent in CBS, even the newly hired interns know the score.


25 posted on 02/23/2006 2:29:26 PM PST by daivid
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To: abb
Hello,

I saw this show, although I did not follow the story as it happened. I came away with lots of questions about the guilt of the two young men, based entirely upon the 48 Hours show. Well, they may be guilty and they may not be, but based on this revelation, I would have to start from scratch on learning about the crime. Geez....

Glad to be here, MOgirl
26 posted on 02/23/2006 2:30:55 PM PST by MOgirl (Hillary. She's a totalitarian freak. And you know what I'm talkin' about.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Zirinsky blamed the fakery on a freelancer hired by CBS

Mary Mapes?

27 posted on 02/23/2006 2:33:57 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: MOgirl

Well there you go. Do you believe CBS news or the jury that convicted him?


28 posted on 02/23/2006 2:35:00 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: Dan(9698)

Looks like Bender 2's work to me...


29 posted on 02/23/2006 2:36:00 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb
Looks like Bender 2's work to me...

Maybe Mary Mapes subcontracted it to him?

30 posted on 02/23/2006 2:37:49 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: abb
Hello,

Based on the show, I believed neither one. I did have questions regarding some of the evidence that did not get addressed by CBS. I do understand that CBS is OK with presenting only things (real or fake) that back up their agenda. I would need input from other sources to determine what I believe in this case. Glad to be here, MOgirl
31 posted on 02/23/2006 2:46:04 PM PST by MOgirl (Hillary. She's a totalitarian freak. And you know what I'm talkin' about.)
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To: abb

I watched the show and told my wife that this was one of the most blatant one-sided stories ever. They wanted this kid to be innocent.

Why? I don't know. But this reinforces it.


32 posted on 02/23/2006 2:50:33 PM PST by cpanter
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To: abb; Plutarch; Dan(9698)
Gad! Whoa! Here I work my fingers to the bone... Pull all nighters... Work through breakfast, lunch and dinner... All to get you guys future editions of the Slimes and you two suggest I lower myself to do work for CBS!

Harry, fresh meat for you!

So... You two think my very, very good friend #2 is shilling for CBS, eh? Plutarch? abb? You've got to ask yourselves a very important question... Do ya' feel lucky? Well... Do ya' punks?

Ka-BOOM! Ka-BOOM!

Plutarch? You and abb are luck to just get off with being shot! If it was up to me, I'd have been really hard on you two!

33 posted on 02/23/2006 2:58:34 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often)
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To: cpanter

Exactly right. I watched it, too. The big, sad, puppy-dog eyes of the defendant and his sister's matching ones were quite prominent.

All the way through, they did what they always do--never show the background behind the person of interest, always leading the viewer to believe that the person of interest is now a private citizen--that he or she was exonerated.

I didn't believe all of the testimony of the drinking buddy, but I was quite aware of being manipulated by the show itself, so I bristled and paid more attention to what wasn't being said. (Like some of the bad stuff about the sister, for example, who we were supposed to think was a saint.)

If I were a drinker, I would've made it a drinking game as to all the times I tried to glimpse some telltale orange on the guy when they talked to him, or something "industrial" behind him.

Even as late as 5 minutes before the end of the show, I felt that, even though *I* thought he was guilty, that the jury *must have* found him not guilty and he *must have* gotten off, after hearing the whole slant of the show. I was shocked when the jury came back "guilty".

This is the new thing in trial courtrooms now, though--the defense attorney filing to have the defendant appear in court in street clothes (remember Scott Peterson's Armani's and others, which his mom and family brought to prison for him to wear?), so the jury won't be prejudiced towards the "jailbird" on trial.

I guarantee you CBS told the free-lancer to lose the jumpsuit and substitute a still shot from one of their suit-and-tie interviews or one of the days in early 2004 before he was arrested. Not sure if maybe his defense attorney didn't plead the "suit-and-tie in courtroom" deal for him, too.


34 posted on 02/23/2006 3:24:49 PM PST by Rte66
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To: abb

HA ha...
and the RATS take another one in the...

35 posted on 02/23/2006 3:37:41 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: abb

CBS. Hmmm Isn't this the same station that aired a movie about the Atlanta child murders and came to the conclusion that the man convicted might be innocent? Even though the murders ceased with his imprisonment!

c-B-S in action!


36 posted on 02/23/2006 3:39:20 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Islam, the religion of the criminally insane.)
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To: Rte66

Here's a column in the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune in re this story...

http://www.columbiatribune.com/2006/Feb/20060223Feat001.asp

TRIBUNE COLUMN
Real life can’t be boiled down to television reality show clichés

By TONY MESSENGER
Published Thursday, February 23, 2006

I’ve been voted off the island.

That’s my conclusion after four days of answering e-mails and phone calls from armchair lawyers who watched the CBS News-produced "48 Hours" segment Saturday night about the murder of Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.

Folks who have never met me, who didn’t know Heitholt and who have never been to Columbia have passed judgment on my opinion that the jurors got it right. The jurors convicted Ryan Ferguson of murder. His partner in crime, Chuck Erickson, convicted himself. Since I’m the dope they showed at the end of the show who was willing to say what I thought at the time and still think, I’ve incurred the wrath of couch potatoes everywhere who skipped the Olympics to watch a good mystery.

Never mind that the show was more slanted than Lindsey Jacobellis on a snowboard. Ignore the omissions, such as how Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane destroyed memory expert Elizabeth Loftus on the stand and the lack of any questions whatsoever about the great American family who let their kid stay out drinking all night on a school night. Forget the errors: This was not the city’s only unsolved murder, and I’m a columnist who happens to have a radio show, not the other way around.

For Mr. and Mrs. Smith who plan their lives around various shows beginning with "CSI," watching a one-hour synopsis of a murder case that took more than three years to solve gave them all the ammunition they needed.

Forget the jury. Forget the weeklong trial.

"Free Ryan Ferguson," they scream.

That’s what the retired private investigator from Montreal, Canada, told me when he called. That’s what so many e-mailers from places far and wide suggested when they told me I obviously don’t know jack.

"I investigated this article and I have determined that Chuck Erickson is a fruit cake," wrote a man named Al Osborn who goes on to say he knows who the real killer is. "I have done this enough that I know what I am doing. I’m going to put the ball in your corner."

"Robbers do not usually strangle their victims, people with personal issues do," wrote Troy Axtens before asking whether I could help him peruse Heitholt’s old columns so he could find the real answers.

"I am completely disgusted in how you reported this case, and I hope your conscience is giving you no rest!" wrote Elizabeth Arnett after screaming in all caps and giving me a headache throughout her e-mail.

Finally, Richard Cohen got it right. He thinks the "48 Hours" story showed him the way, also, but he at least said one thing that rang true:

"This is all very sad."

Yes, it is.

It’s sad that our culture has diminished to the point where our opinions are shaped by the reality-television world in which we live. It’s a world defined by clearly delineated conflict with heroes and villains. It’s not truth so much that we seek, but the right kind of celebrity - the next "American Idol" or the person who is so untalented that we can make fun of them.

We revel almost as much in the misery of others - see the Jacobellis reference or the Olympic conflict between speed-skaters Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick - as we do any story that has a message of truth.

The truth of the Ferguson murder trial is that it was a maddening case, and for most of us who sat through it, it remains so. You can’t find somebody in Columbia who doesn’t have an opinion on innocence or guilt, and most of those opinions are derived from some combination of biases that our system of justice tries to strip from jurors.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been e-mailing one of the jurors from Lincoln County who decided Ferguson’s guilt. Like so many of us who lived with this case for so many days or months, he continues to be haunted by it. He thinks he did the right thing. He hopes he did the right thing. He knows, after having sat in the jury box and listened to the judge, that the concept of "reasonable doubt" in real life means something a whole lot different than what it means in a quick sound bite on television.

Real life, this juror knows, doesn’t fit into the nice little box that tries to turn complicated messages into black and white. That might be the lasting message of the "48 Hours" piece on a tragic murder case that can’t be whittled down to a single headline or television show. As the Tribune reports today, "48 Hours" producers were so intent on making Ferguson look good that they committed an unforgivable journalistic sin, editing out a Tribune photo of Ferguson in an orange jailhouse jumpsuit and replacing it with one in which he wore a jacket and tie.

CBS News didn’t want a mystery, and it didn’t want the truth. It wanted a reality show, because that’s what viewers want. Those viewers are playing the game to perfection by passing judgment in a fraction of the time it took 12 jurors to send a young man to jail for most of the rest of his life.

I agreed to play a role in that reality show, so make no mistake, I deserve whatever comes my way. But if that’s the island we live on today, you can forget kicking me off.

I’m already swimming away.

Tony Messenger is a columnist at the Tribune. His column appears on Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. He can be reached at 815-1728 or by e-mail at tmessenger@tribmail.com.


37 posted on 02/23/2006 5:11:16 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb

more fake documents from CBS. Clearly losing Rather and that other hump, hasn't solved their ethical problems.


38 posted on 02/23/2006 5:17:09 PM PST by School of Rational Thought (Republican - The thinking people's party)
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To: abb

Hmmm, the columnist obviously doesn't read crime forums online, lol. Those "reasonable doubt" "holdout" "oppositional syndrome" people are prolific and vociferous there.

He doesn't say whether the Tribune is going to do anything past asking CBS for an apology. They really should slap something on them, as much as I hate to say those words. If I hadn't known any better, I would have just assumed when I saw this that the Tribune was complicit in the fakery.


39 posted on 02/23/2006 8:25:17 PM PST by Rte66
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To: zip

ping


40 posted on 02/23/2006 10:13:35 PM PST by Mrs Zip
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To: highlander_UW

See 14. It was a clear attempt to show a clean cut, well dressed "innocent" person in order to "prove" their biased slant. It should raise a question about the ethicical reporting methods used by SeeBS.


41 posted on 02/24/2006 2:10:16 AM PST by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA)))
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To: abb

bttt


42 posted on 02/24/2006 2:15:16 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Tokra; magslinger

SeeBS' promo theme: When the facts don't fit, we'll make up sh*t.


43 posted on 02/24/2006 2:23:46 AM PST by Keith in Iowa
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To: abb
"It was an egregious oversight for us not to know it," Zirinsky said, according to the Tribune. "It was a graphic, and we don’t feel it changed the editorial value of the story, per se......

....... Zirinsky blamed the fakery on a freelancer hired by CBS, according to the Tribune."

Absolutely incapable of accepting responsibility for their dishonesty even when caught. Minimize the importance of the fraud and blame others everytime is the standard CBS (Corporation for Bias and Slant)posture in all of these.

Does anyone still watch this stuff?

44 posted on 02/24/2006 2:24:55 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: zip
See 14. It was a clear attempt to show a clean cut, well dressed "innocent" person in order to "prove" their biased slant. It should raise a question about the ethicical reporting methods used by SeeBS.

Wow, that's pretty extreme. But I wouldn't say it raises questions about CBS's ethics...it's a known fact that they have none.

45 posted on 02/24/2006 2:40:18 AM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: abb
Zirinsky blamed the fakery on a freelancer hired by CBS, according to the Tribune.

Nice to see Mary Mapes found work, after that gig as a writer didn't work out so good.

46 posted on 02/24/2006 2:48:00 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: highlander_UW
But I wouldn't say it raises questions about CBS's ethics...it's a known fact that they have none.

I had forgotten that. :>)

48 posted on 02/24/2006 10:05:55 AM PST by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA)))
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To: abb
Zirinsky blamed the fakery on a freelancer hired by CBS

I see that Mary Mapes has found work.

49 posted on 02/27/2006 10:48:48 AM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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