The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


In one hour, CBS News will "clarify" its claims about the authenticity of the forged Bush national guard memo (which is such a blatant forgery that I'm not going to bother with niceties like alleged or scare quotes). If this "clarification" is anything like earlier statements, whatever small shred of credibility remains to CBS is due to be further diminished.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Bob Schieffer, CBS' chief Washington correspondent and host "Face the Nation," said that he hopes CBS does more reporting to prove that the memos are genuine. There is a hopeful development in this story, in that CBS may be abandoning the making-shit-up approach (savaged by Evan Kirchhoff and twelve billion others):


"I think we have to find some way to show our viewers they are not forgeries," Schieffer ... said at a news conference in Sioux City. "I don't know how we're going to do that without violating the confidentiality of sources."


If CBS is going to descend to primitive snivelling, why stop with just the one shibboleth about confidentiality of sources? There are many more sacred cows available:


  • I don't know how we're going to do that without jeopardizing the safety of our agents in the field.
  • I don't know how we're going to do that without imperilling our childrens' pursuit of a quality education.
  • I don't know how we're going to do that without interfering with a woman's right to choose.
  • I don't know how we're going to do that without risking our precious civil liberties.
  • I don't know how we're going to do that without endangering the ozone layer.


Update: Schieffer will moderate the third presidential debate (scroll to the end of the comments).


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