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CBS to investigate producer Mapes
CNN ^ | September 22, 2004 | Unknown

Posted on 09/22/2004 9:20:25 PM PDT by NewMediaFan

The fallout from CBS's doomed story about President Bush's National Guard service most endangers a woman few viewers know but who played a key role in two of the biggest television stories of the year.

Mary Mapes, a veteran producer at CBS News, reported most of the National Guard story, including obtaining the documents CBS now says it can't authenticate. She also passed on the phone number of her source, former Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, to the Kerry campaign.

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CBS acknowledged Mapes passed on Burkett's number to Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart, and Lockhart called him. Spokeswoman Kelli Edwards said CBS wasn't aware that this was part of any deal, but it's one of the things that will be examined by an independent commission...

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: designatedfallguy; fallguy; mapes; marymapes; planetofthemapes; rathergate; stainedbluememo
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1 posted on 09/22/2004 9:20:25 PM PDT by NewMediaFan
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CBS investigating its own is kind of like OJ searching for the 'real' killer.


2 posted on 09/22/2004 9:21:30 PM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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They're trying to pin everything on Mapes.Sorry guys, but heads have to roll at the top of the food chain too...


3 posted on 09/22/2004 9:21:41 PM PDT by inkling
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beating up on a girl? ... that's a no-no, dan


4 posted on 09/22/2004 9:22:46 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Bender : This is the worst kind of discrimination. The kind against me.)
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It appears they have their goat -


5 posted on 09/22/2004 9:23:45 PM PDT by Pastnowfuturealpha
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Right...CBS is going to investigate Mapes.

Sort of like the Fox watching the hen house.

THE US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING

6 posted on 09/22/2004 9:23:52 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: inkling

They'll start with her,but this is not going to end anytime soon.cBS will have to slice off a lot of branches,before this is done.


7 posted on 09/22/2004 9:24:32 PM PDT by nopardons
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Daniel Milhous Rather will resign in disgrace, and I will laugh like a maniac.


8 posted on 09/22/2004 9:27:46 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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I will stick to the tin foil beanie thang and say ..........Clintonista's are up to no good ! They'll use presstitutes and old IOU's to connect this thing to Kerry and make sure he loses the election.

I don't even think Kerry Inc can win now if they started dancin the macarena !

Stay Safe.......Y

9 posted on 09/22/2004 9:30:23 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: NewMediaFan

How about a US attorney investigating Mapes.


10 posted on 09/22/2004 9:31:06 PM PDT by ampat
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"They're trying to pin everything on Mapes.Sorry guys, but heads have to roll at the top of the food chain too...

They will sacrifice a woman and let Dan slide. Does anyone but me see the irony here?

11 posted on 09/22/2004 9:31:09 PM PDT by blackbart.223
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Mapes read the memos over the phone to Hodges who said he was misled. Mapes assured the CBS execs that the memos were being authenticated and that the sources were credible. Mapes "broke" the story, allowing it to be rushed at the last minute, even though she got two of the docs in August, enough time to authenticate. Mapes gave Lockhart Burkett's number. Must I go on.

Many of the roads of deception lead to Mapes. Give me a break.
12 posted on 09/22/2004 9:31:14 PM PDT by booksaver
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Dan Rather is the king Rat there, he won't be canned. But the unknown producer who just did what the culture at CBS (created by the Rathers and the Wallaces and the Safers) told her to do, well, there's your sacrifice. The old boys just have to do things like that to stay in power, that's how they keep their anchor jobs for 20 years while the Mapes and the Chungs and the rest all just sort of melt away....


13 posted on 09/22/2004 9:33:42 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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Hello Freepers I'm a new guy first post be gentle

My theory of what happened is that Burkett (Army NG Ret) created the memos out of whole cloth. You remember the 86 year old secretary Knox stated there were bogus Army Terms (billets) in the memos that contributed to her assessment of the documents being faked. He in turn gave them to Max Cleland who gave them to Mapes and was Gunga Dan’s unimpeachable source. In his most partisan moments I don’t see Dan Rather viewing Burkett as an unimpeachable source. Rathers trip to Texas was to convince Burkett to fall on his sword and take one for the team and hide the Mapes Cleland (Kerry) connection.


14 posted on 09/22/2004 9:34:25 PM PDT by DugMac
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I prefer the Winchester .338 magnum. But that's just me.


15 posted on 09/22/2004 9:34:50 PM PDT by blackbart.223
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Heads are gonna roll. Looks like Dan will be keeping his, though. Like that's any surprise.


16 posted on 09/22/2004 9:38:59 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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Mapes "broke" the story

And here I thought it was Dan Blather. Dan is that you?

17 posted on 09/22/2004 9:40:34 PM PDT by MontanaBeth (NEVER FORGET)
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To: inkling
They're trying to pin everything on Mapes.Sorry guys, but heads have to roll at the top of the food chain too...

Don't worry your head about that. It will follow I guarantee. But I am sick and stunned to keep reading on this board dismissive comments about Mapes as if she shouldn't be held to account.

Now you'll probably assure me that you want her held to account in addition to higher ups. Fine. But it starts here and she damned well better be investigated--and not by CBS, as if they don't know all there is to know already. After all, they're in the "news" business, they claim.

18 posted on 09/22/2004 9:41:12 PM PDT by cyncooper
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No question Mapes deserves to be fired. But that's just the start.


19 posted on 09/22/2004 9:42:57 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Oh, I think CBS already has an idea of Mapes' agenda and way of doing business and they approved, seeing as how they never fired her for her other interesting ways of "investigating":

CBS Producer Has Go-Between Past

20 posted on 09/22/2004 9:43:41 PM PDT by cyncooper
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