Thursday, July 24, 2008
Amazing What A Donut Gets You These Days
As I may have noted in the past, I am not a big fan of CBS News under the aegis of Katie Couric. Her time on the program has been characterized by a general lack of questions -- barring the occasional expose, she and many of the reporters under her will not look critically at whatever info is handed to them by a politician, pundit, or lobbyist, and instead pass it off as truth.
But honestly, I never thought it would go this low:
So, McCain absolutely blew a question on the surge and the Sunni Awakening (the general he mentions discussed the start of the Awakening months before the surge had even been announced). But it's not enough to just let the blunder go unquestioned; no, CBS cut the interview so that McCain appears to answer the question with a pat response about how Obama would be willing to lose a war to win a campaign (which, while low, does not make McCain look like someone who knows shit about Iraq). This, in turn, violates the Standards and Practices of CBS News by making it appear like McCain answered Question A with Answer B.
It's bad enough that we have a media that's lying down on the job. Does CBS News really have to go all Ministry of Truth on top of it?