October 01, 2004


The first rule of CBS: when you're in a hole, keep digging! Dig dig dig! Hit mantle? Dig harder! Dig through lithosphere! Dig through magma! Strike core! Continue dig! Dig until all credibility gone!

UPDATE. "Fake but true" now seems to be the required standard at CBS:

CBS reporter Richard Schlesinger: "Whether or not there’s any reality to there being a draft, is almost besides the point."

CBS producer Linda Karas: "The truth of the e-mails were absolutely irrelevant to the piece."

(INDC Journal link via InstaPundit)

Posted by Tim Blair at October 1, 2004 01:11 AM

My lord?
My lord?
What now!

(Anyone ever play Lords of the Realm 2?)

Posted by: taspundit at October 1, 2004 at 01:42 AM

In the immortal words of Cheif Wiggum:

No, dig *up*, stupid!

Posted by: MD2020 at October 1, 2004 at 02:03 AM

There are two bills in the US legislative system to reinstate the draft - guess which party is sponsoring them? One guess it is not the GOP.

Do you think CBS could have at least mentioned that Kerry's party has the bills in congress to resestablish the draft and that Rumsfeld is on record saying the military doesn't want a draft, they don't think it would work.

All US TV viewers just don't watch any CBS station at all, the entire organization is corrupt.

Posted by: JEM at October 1, 2004 at 02:11 AM

Yeah, their excuse that the story was about people's 'concern' over the draft, regardless of its likelihood -- was a hoot. The hoax should have been the story. The concern generated by the hoax was a by-product. But when you're flacking for a presidential candidate . . . hey, anything for the revolution, right comrade?

"Fake but accurate"
"Truth is irrelevant"
"Reality is beside the point"
"I voted for it before I voted against it"
"Depends on what the definition of 'is' is."
"Arbeit mach frei"

Orwell is surely spinning in his grave.

Posted by: Cosmo at October 1, 2004 at 03:25 AM

Generating false concern is the whole point. All they had to do was get any story on a major news program and the gambit is opened. MTV's Rock the Vote has now picked this up. It's now a "talking point" used to show that W's policy in Iraq has been a failure and now we have to draft you so you can die in a bogus war-so if you don't want to die, register Democrat and vote for Kerry. It's not the nature of the evidence but the seriousness of the charge. These are all Viacom companies I might add.

Posted by: YoJimbo at October 1, 2004 at 04:17 AM

"The truth of the e-mails were absolutely irrelevant to the piece."

Evidently, the grammatical standards for producers at CBS news are no higher than the verification standards for reporters.

Posted by: Silicon Valley Jim at October 1, 2004 at 04:33 AM

"The truth of the e-mails were absolutely irrelevant to the piece."

Rather and CBS are amazing! How can they insist that the emails were "absolutely irrelevant" when the main focus of their story (Beverly Cocco) has publicly admitted that her current activism on the draft was prompted by those emails??

Posted by: Michael at October 1, 2004 at 08:24 AM

WOOT!!! Lords of the Realm II roxors

Posted by: RhikoR at October 2, 2004 at 12:15 AM

My favourite sound bite from that game is the ever so formal
"Slaughter these villagers?"

Posted by: RhikoR at October 2, 2004 at 12:17 AM