Thursday, September 30, 2004
On September 28th, CBS aired a story that can only be described as shameless rumormongering. Apparently, there are lots of emails going around saying that Bush is pushing a bill through Congress to get the draft reinstated immediately after the elections. This, of course, is nonsense, and has been repeatedly debunked. But that's not something that's going to stop CBS from reporting on it.
Bill at INDC Journal has a fascinating interview with a CBS producer and spokesperson, who apparently take the position that the truth of the rumors is irrelevant, because what they're reporting on is the reaction. ?!?!?! So CBS seems to be playing the part of trial counsel trying to slip this in for "effect on listener" instead of for the truth of the matter asserted, without realizing that they're supposed to be telling us THE NEWS, not arguing Kerry's case at as!
CBS is a laughingstock. Even their corrections are dishonest.
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