L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
Outrageous? Wouldn't you think that any outrage one might have should be directed toward CBS? After all, this is the network that despite having a cloud of suspicion and scandal over its head went ahead and aired a vapid piece of speculation about the draft.
In it, a Pennsylvania woman was pawned off to viewers as a panicked Bush supporter, afraid that her sons were going to be drafted into the military. She was, perhaps not so coincidentally, contemplating voting for Kerry.
Curiously, CBS left out the tidbit that the woman opposes the war in Iraq and heads up an activist group called People Against the Draft. Something else was also left out of the "news" report, and that is that the only people in Congress who have sponsored bills to reinstate the draft are-DEMS!
Meanwhile a cranky Brokaw described the brilliant sleuthing of the bloggers who busted CBS's chops for the fake docs as an attempt to "demonize" CBS and Rather. He stated that the Internet evaluation of the phony documents went "well beyond any factual information."
Peter Jennings was a bit more subdued. "I don't think you ever judge a man by only one event in his career," Jennings said.
Sorry, Pete, like it or not, this incident will be as tightly connected with Rather as the Titanic is with a ship that's going down.