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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Closing the RatherGate, Squeaky Hinges and All

CBS’s hired law firm of “independent” investigators skillfully ignores the elephant in the room.

Most media comment was favorable about the investigative report that led to firing four CBS employees after the controversy over Dan Rather’s fabricated story about George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service.

Two opinion pieces, however, present a fairer perspective on the unsatisfactorily answered question of political bias as the motive for CBS’s ill-conceived project.

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer bluntly identifies a spade as a spade in Rather biased.

And Tony Blankley, editorial page editor of The Washington Times, in Damage control at Black Rock points out the inescapable conflict of interest arising from CBS having hired its so-called “independent” investigative team.  He notes what others have failed to observe: CBS potentially faced criminal charges if the investigative report were to find anything other than “journalistic lapses.”  CBS’s hired guns did a skillful job of tippy-toeing around the issue, laying out the facts, but failing to draw the obvious conclusions.