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December 20, 2005

Fake but Accurate

Topics: Moonbats

mapes.jpgThe quote below from ex-CBS producer Mary Mapes won her the quote of the year award from the Media Research Center (worst quote that is). Remember that Mapes is the person who produced a story highly critical of President Bush on the basis of forged documents right before the 2004 elections. Her strict adherence to journalistic standards and reporting integrity are truly inspiring.

Reporter Brian Ross: "Mary Mapes was the woman behind the scenes, the producer who researched, wrote and put together Dan Rather's 60 Minutes report on President Bush's National Guard service, a report which Rather and CBS would later apologize for airing...."

Ross to Mapes: "Do you still think that story was true?"

Ex-CBS producer Mary Mapes: "The story? Absolutely."

Ross: "This seems remarkable to me that you would sit here now and say you still find that story to be up to your standards."

Mapes: "I'm perfectly willing to believe those documents are forgeries if there's proof that I haven't seen."

Ross: "But isn't it the other way around? Don't you have to prove they're authentic?"

Mapes: "Well, I think that's what critics of the story would say. I know more now than I did then and I think, I think they have not been proved to be false, yet."

Ross: "Have they proved to be authentic though? Isn't that really what journalists do?"

Mapes: "No, I don't think that's the standard."

-- ABC's Good Morning America, November 9.

I recall both Dan Rather and Mary Mapes asserting that the fake documents were accurate. However, I expected that time would have enabled Mapes to leave the halls of liberal self-delusion and speak gracefully about her role in one of the biggest media debacles of our time.

HT: WorldMagBlog

Posted by tim at December 20, 2005 6:03 PM

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