Skip to comments.FIRST SIGNS OF SUCCESS WITH 'THE PLAN'[Incredible Quote from Station Manager Cited]
Posted on 09/17/2004 2:26:48 PM PDT by Diago
FIRST SIGNS OFF SUCCESS WITH 'THE PLAN' [09/17 05:08 PM]
The Pajamahadeen are getting their first results. I am forwarded an email from one CBS affiliate general manager. I don't want this guy to get in trouble, so I'll just say he's from a city of about 150,000 in the midwest.
You are one in a line of many who have written with concerns and Im responding to all of them. I must say I am disappointed, however, at your last statement that you would indeed throw out any integrity that [this station]has strived to build with this incident. Of course we would not and WILL not stand by the network or Dan Rather. This is an embarrassment. If you think you are disappointed, you should be a station that has played a part in making CBS Americas most watched network. You should be in my shoes knowing that we actually pay for some of their services.
All I can say is that you are right. For what it is worth, a directive went out from my office that no more promos containing Dan Rather are to air on [this station], nor is the network tease during the 5:00 newscast to air. That promotes stories on the CBS Evening News. It will not run.
We can only express our grave disappointment and consider preemption of CBS PrimeTime programming. Believe me, our affiliate reps both regionally and nationally are listening to our concerns and in my heart I believe action against Dan Rather on the part of the network is not far away.
I was embarrassed by the 60 Minutes program Wednesday night. We would NOT have approved running the story nor would we have ignored expert. Dan violated a rule from Journalism 101 and that is to never, yourself, become the focus of the story.
I would ask you stand WITH [this station] and not abandon us. It is during this time that we must all stand firm in our beliefs.
It sounds like this guy gets it. Now the Pajamahadeen has to get as many affiliate station managers and programming directors to join him as possible.
By the way, one line in that e-mail is worth repeating: "Our affiliate reps both regionally and nationally are listening to our concerns and in my heart I believe action against Dan Rather on the part of the network is not far away."
And at least we're not calling ourselves Pajamanazi's ! ! !
Outstanding news! I emailed this station the first night.
I'm glad they have taken that stand.
Really good letter, Diddley, I hope it works.
And I hope some other freepers are doing the same.
Perhaps I should have told them that I'm on their side, that I assume that they are between a rock and a hard place.
Also, I intend to copy CBS News on this.
I did update my e-mail to CBS-5.
I wish to add to my previous e-mail to you, concerning Rathers 60MinutesII memogate.
I am on your side I assume that you are between a rock and a hard place.
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