What is CBS's problem?
by arenwin, Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 10:13:10 PM EDT
Here are the two articles:
Friday's article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/06/AR2005100601797_pf.html
Sunday's article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/08/AR2005100801128.html
This all seems to revolve around Freeh playing defense - after being roundly chastised by the 9/11 commission - by slamming Clinton for supposedly not being interested in pursing terrorism cases. In particular, he claims and 60 Minutes apparently will report nearly unchallenged that Clinton in a high level meeting with Saudi representatives was more concerned about getting donations for his library than pressing them for help with Khobar Towers.
The problem, as (to his credit) Kurtz points out, is that Freeh wasn't even at that meeting. A major potential flaw with the 60 minutes story, no? Sure, they can legitimately report Freeh's accusations, but you think they'd interview someone who was at the meeting.
Well, it would appear that in they decided to play hard ball, and wanted an interview with Clinton, or no one. Media Matters points out the hypocrisy of that standard. From Kurtz's first story:
So, according to Kurtz, they were prepared to go to air with these charges unrebutted - and even now are just going to read a statement by Sandy Berger on the air. Who, incidentally, was actually at the meeting. And said the Presidential library was never mentioned, while Khobar Towers most certainly were.
Freeh goes out on a shooting spree to try to recover his damaged reputation, and 60 minutes gives him an uncritical platform, originally unrebutted, now nearly unrebutted... because they were annoyed that Clinton himself wouldn't appear on their show? Or is there some other motivation?
finished on the flip
As an anonymous Clinton aid said to Kurtz... didn't they learn anything? Does CBS have any credibility left at all when it comes to political reporting? What's the malfunction with these people?
I suppose I can reserve judgement until the segment airs. But unless Kurtz has been horribly misinformed, it looks like CBS is once again about to make me wonder why we're all arguing about blogger ethics... when the "real journalists" at CBS apparently don't have any.
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