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Friday, May 13, 2005

More Phony CBS " News Reporting"

Power Line posts about the latest effort by CBS to help the Democrats in their judicial filibuster fight. Link.
Today's hottest media story relates to a CBS News report on the judicial filibuster by Gloria Borger that aired Monday night. The segment included an interview with Ken Starr, in which Starr, seemingly in reference to the Republicans' effort to end the filibuster, said: "This is a radical, radical departure from our history and from our traditions, and it amounts to an assault on the judicial branch of government." [...]

[In an e-mail, Starr responded,}I sat on Saturday with Gloria Borger for 20 minutes approximately, had a wide ranging, on-camera discussion. In the piece that I have now seen, and which I gather has been lavishly quoted, CBS employed two snippets. The 'radical departure from our history' snippet was specifically addressed to the practice of invoking judicial philosophy as a grounds for voting against a qualified nominee of integrity and experience. I said in sharp language that that practice was wrong. I contrasted the current practice and that employed viciously against your father with what occurred during Ruth Ginsburg's nomination process as numerous Republicans voted, rightly, to confirm a former ACLU staff worker. They disagreed with her positions as a lawyer but they voted -- again rightly -- to confirm her." [...]

It is also being reported that Starr has asked for a copy of the video of his interview and been turned down by CBS.

Didn't CBS learn anything from the Dan Rather incident. They are in last place and slipping, and yet they keep doing what most turns off their potential viewers. People want news, not propaganda, but that is precisely what CBS continues to produce.

No, I take it back. They did learn something from the memogate affair. They got caught then because they made the memos public, and they could be examined. This time they are refusing to release the full tape, so Ken Starr's claims cannot be compared with theirs.

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