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2004-09-17

Andrew Sullivan: Rather måste avgå


Andrew Sullivan, skribenten bakom webloggen Daily Dish skriver att nyhetsankaret hos CBS News, Dan Rather, som propagerat för de falska dokumenten som påstods vara komprometterande för president Bush, måste avgå.

Hittills har TV-kanalens försvar gått ut på att det inte spelar någon roll att dokumenten är falska, "eftersom de förhållanden de talar om är sanna". Sullivan ryter till:

I have to say that the risible statement given by CBS News last night finally did it for me. Who do these people think they are? They have failed to find a single expert who will back the authenticity of the memos; their own experts say they warned CBS not to go with the story; Killian's secretary thinks they're fakes ... and yet Rather and Heyward say they stand by their story and will continue to investigate the provenance and dubiousness of the forgeries! This beggars belief.

How do I put this to Rather: it doesn't matter if the underlying story is true. All that matters is that CBS's evidence is fake. Get it? End of story.

For what it's worth: I believe Bush got into the Guard because of his dad's connections. I believe he probably didn't perform his duties adequately in his final two years. When I first read the CBS story, I thought the docs were "devastating."

I'm not backing this president for re-election. But all that is completely beside the frigging point. Journalists are supposed to provide accurate evidence for their claims. CBS didn't. And its response to the critics is to stonewall and try and change the subject. The correct response - the one they'd teach you in kindergarten journalism class - is immediately to check the authenticity of the documents as best you can, and if the doubts persist, to apologize immediately and yank the story.



4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonym skrev...

En del feed har ju bara med rubriken och några rader, istället för hela inlägget. Det blir väl lättare i någon mening?

9:25 fm  
Anonymous Anonym skrev...

Den här kommentaren har tagits bort av bloggadministratören.

9:25 fm  
Anonymous Anonym skrev...

Vet inte hur det här blev.

/Desirée
http://desiree-blomp.com/blog

9:27 fm  
Blogger Alicio skrev...

Hej Desirée,

Min RSS-feed innehöll just rubrik och några rader ur varje inlägg tidigare.

Men den egenskapen försvann när feeden blev för tung, enligt Feedburner.

Jag ska troligen i eftermiddag ordna med arkiveringen.
Mvh
Alicio

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