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."
I love it when a plan comes together.
Great!! Let's keep the pressure on.
There is more to this story than meets the eye, and until they start bleeding affiliates, they won't go any further.
I am writing in regard to Dan Rathers 60 MinutesII memogate.
I am reminding you of statements from the Standards and Procedures, Page 37B which say, in part:
Anonymous sources should be used only when it is determined:
(1) that there is no other practicable way to obtain and report the information;
(2) that the information is factual and of sufficient newsworthiness to warrant its use despite the fact that we cannot disclose its source; and
(3) that the source and his information are highly reliable in the particular instance."
"Where the use of an anonymous source is necessary, as much information as possible about the nature of the source should be provided to the audience, assuming, of course, that this information would not lead to disclosure of the source.
Where the source may have a vested interest in the matter to be reported, it is especially important that information be provided as to the nature and/or motivation of the source."
And I would add: Absolutely NO false statements or representations be made.
Some of the sources for memogate are not anonymous, but they are highly suspect (or dead).
There are NO credible sources, or countering sources.
Please review ALL of the strong evidence that shows that the memos are fake, the content is absurd, and that Rather has ulterior motives for presenting such programming.
I realize that you have no control over the content or presentation of 60 MinutesII, but this letter is to inform you that I will NOT watch Channel 5 and I will not to the best of my ability patronize your advertisers, as long as you show ANY programming associated with Dan Rather.
This hurts me, because I enjoy some of your programming (CBS News [while I hold my nose], Cold Case, Everybody loves Raymond, The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men, CSI, 48 Hours Investigates [I really enjoy this], David Letterman [occasionally], Local News, and other programs once-in-a-while).
(name, address, phone, e-mail)
I prefer the Pajamasphere . . .
Or the Vast Right Wing Pajama Party . . .
First, thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the CBS News story about President Bush's military record.
To say the least, we are very concerned about the controversy surrounding the memos used as the basis for their story. Letters and emails of concern like yours have been flooding WRAL as I am sure the rest of the affiliate stations across the country. CBS is feeling the heat. Below is the latest industry story regarding this CBS story.
CBS Stands By Story, Investigates Criticisms
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/15/2004 7:39:00 PM
CBS continued to defend its story questioning President George W. Bush's National Guard service Wednesday night amid growing criticism that the story was based, in part, on bogus documents.
CBS News President Andrew Heyward said the network would not have run the story if it hadn't vetted it thoroughly, but he also pledged to "redouble our efforts" to answer the network's critics.
As for WRAL-TV News, which is locally owned and operated by Capitol Broadcasting Company of Raleigh, we will continue to provide the most accurate and unbiased local news to our viewers. I hope you will not penalized us for what CBS is doing.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please make sure your thoughts are heard at CBS News.
I emailed him back and asked for a number. I called the number (which has been posted here) and made certain to tell the operator that I was calling at the request of WRAL, a privately owned affiliate. She really seemed interested with the affiliate angle. I really believe they are applying pressure to CBS
But that would make us Pajamanauts.
As a nickname, I'd considerate it as "the respectful affectionate" case.
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.