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September 22, 2004
CBS Investigation Only on Process to Broadcast - Not Stonewalling
CBS News has announced a panel led by two distinguished Americans to look into the memogate scandal (CBS News Statement On Panel). Unfortunately, it seems that CBS News only wants to know how the forgeries got on the air and not look at the actions of CBS News after the memos were broadcast.
The Honorable Dick Thornburgh, former governor of Pennsylvania and United States attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and Louis D. Boccardi, retired president and chief executive officer of the Associated Press, will comprise the independent review panel that will examine the process by which a recent "60 Minutes Wednesday" report was prepared and broadcast. ....
Two days ago, CBS News and CBS announced the commissioning of an independent review to help determine what errors occurred in the preparation of the report and what actions need to be taken. [emphasis added]
As I've said time and again, some of the most shameful violations of journalistic ethics by CBS News took place after the broadcast, when CBS began receiving many credible and legitimate criticisms. If this panel is not going to look into the terrible errors that took place after the broadcast, it is clear that CBS News is not truly interested in resolving this matter and holding itself to the highest standards of journalism.
See my timeline and analysis of CBS News' response to criticism of the Killian memo forgeries:
Part I: September 8-13
Part II: September 14-21
UPDATE 1300 PT
See also, Jeff Jarvis Two Little.
UPDATE 23 Sep 2004
The stonewalling will be looked into: CBS Investigation Will Look Into Stonewalling.
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