Roger L. Simon

Rathergate: The Apology of the Pompous

According to the NYT, CBS is about to announce they were “misled” on the National Guard memos. It’s worth noting immediately that this story was given by sources at CBS to the New York Times, which has been extremely bland to the point of evasive in its coverage of the scandal, rather than to the Washington Post, which has been forthright and thorough. It’s yet more worth noting that CBS is not even sure they want to acknowledge their mistake:

But they cautioned that CBS News could still pull back from an announcement. Officials met last night with Dan Rather, the anchor who presented the report, to go over the information it had collected about the documents one last time before making a final decision. Mr. Rather was not available for comment late last night.

These CBS execs are absolutely unbelievable! Even in a situation of blatant fraud, they act as if they were doing us a favor in issuing an apology. I can’t figure which they are more – arrogant or stupid. It’s a toss-up.

By the way, the Times calls it sources CBS News “officials,” as if they were some governmental agency, not business “executives,” which they are. Doesn’t that say it all?