Monday, January 10, 2005

Zealous Pursuit of, Uh, What Exactly?

The CBS memogate report has been issued, and four have been fired. None of them were named "Dan Rather".

Yawn.

This from the report:

The combination of a new 60 Minutes Wednesday management team, great deference given to a highly respected producer and the network’s news anchor, competitive pressures, and a zealous belief in the truth of the segment seem to have led many to disregard some fundamental journalistic principles.

One question: What gave rise to this "zealous belief in the truth of the segment"? A valid question given the fact that all four experts enlisted by CBS would not vouch for the memos' authenticity (page 10 of the report). I believe this question is unanswered in the report (and I'd rateher have rabid monkeys eat my face off before I read all 230+ pages of it).

We don't really need the report to tell us, though, do we?

We already know the answer. So do Mary Mapes, Dan Rather, et alia.