CBS Nixes '60 Minutes' Story on Iraq War


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Desertdog
September 25, 2004, 04:39 PM
Moderator delete this story as I had misread this story when I posted it and I tried to delete it but coudn't.


CBS Nixes '60 Minutes' Story on Iraq War
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040925/D85AOO8O0.html

Sep 25, 11:17 AM (ET)


NEW YORK (AP) - CBS News has shelved a "60 Minutes" report on the rationale for war in Iraq because it would be "inappropriate" to air it so close to the presidential election, the network said on Saturday.

The report on weapons of mass destruction was set to air on Sept. 8 but was put off in favor of a story on President Bush's National Guard service. The Guard story was discredited because it relied on documents impugning Bush's service that were apparently fake.

CBS News spokeswoman Kelli Edwards would not elaborate on why the timing of the Iraq report was considered inappropriate.

The report, with Ed Bradley as the correspondent, has long been in the works. Originally scheduled for June, it was first put off because of new developments, Edwards said.

CBS said no other reports on the presidential election have been affected.

The network last week appointed former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired Associated Press chief executive Louis Boccardi to investigate what went wrong with the National Guard report and recommend changes.

The controversy has put CBS News officials squarely on the fire line, particularly anchor Dan Rather, who narrated the National Guard report.

Meanwhile, the network announced that Rather would anchor the network's coverage of all three presidential debates, starting Sept. 30.

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XLMiguel
September 25, 2004, 04:53 PM
More likely shelved due to their "credibility gap".

I heard on Liddy today that the head of CBS (and Rather's boss) has endorsed Bush for President, wonder if Rather has cleaned out his shorts yet?

Desertdog
September 25, 2004, 05:23 PM
"The chairman of the entertainment giant Viacom said the reason was simple: Republican values are what U.S. companies need. Speaking to some of America's and Asia's top executives gathered for Forbes magazine's annual Global CEO Conference, Mr. Redstone declared: "I look at the election from what's good for Viacom. I vote for what's good for Viacom. I vote, today, Viacom".

The complete story is at
http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110005669

Daniel T
September 26, 2004, 11:44 AM
CBS News has shelved a "60 Minutes" report on the rationale for war in Iraq because it would be "inappropriate" to air it so close to the presidential election, the network said on Saturday.

The report on weapons of mass destruction was set to air on Sept. 8 but was put off in favor of a story on President Bush's National Guard service. The Guard story was discredited because it relied on documents impugning Bush's service that were apparently fake.

It would have been inappropriate to air a piece on WoMD in Iraq because of the election, but it was ok to air a spot slandering the POTUS? What planet do these jackasses live on?

Leatherneck
September 26, 2004, 12:18 PM
These guys are attempting MAJOR damage control. Too Little, Too Late, IMO.

TC
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