Monday, September 20, 2004

How could this have happened?

News people are beside themselves asking "How could this have happened" regarding Rathergate.

What's the simplest explanation?

What nobody in the news will say is, "There was an agenda."

Let's see, CBS says it's been working on this story for 5 years. FIVE YEARS!!!! Suddenly, somebody magically comes up with documents supporting the agenda (ahem... thesis of the story) right in the middle of a heated political campaign and right after candidate A's supprters were upset that his touted (and later denounced, but now reclaimed) war hero-hood was questioned and he fell in the polls....

...and 5 days later, the story's on the air, even after questions were raised by some who were asked to examine the supporting documents.

I heard someone on MSNBC lauding Rather and CBS for being the Gold Standard of Journalism and that this was obviously an abberation.

Really? I gotta wonder. It smells to me like this kind of stuff goes on all the time, and in their (5-1 bias) zeal to take Bush down a peg, they got sloppy and got caught.

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