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Will CBS Treat Lara Logan Over A Bogus Story How It Treated Dan Rather Over A True One?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 10, 2013

Charlie Pierce points out how Lara Logan is likely to suffer far less in official punishment from her CBS bosses for running with a bogus story than Dan Rather did for one that was true and largely provably so:

About what was this guy “upfront”? It sounds to me here as though Logan is defending her source’s demonstrable lie. In what possible “context” could you believe him? This story fell apart in about 48 hours because its primary source was proven to be completely unreliable. And she’s still talking about “his boss told him not to go, he couldn’t stay back.” The guy told his bossand, apparently, the FBI — that he wasn’t even there. In any “context,” lying to the FBI is a big deal. At the very least, it should sink your credibility. At the very most, it can land you in the clink.

Oh, and not to pile on, CBS, but shutting Dan Rather out of your coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, when Rather happens to be one of the dwindling group of reporters who actually witnessed the murder in broad daylight of a president of the United States, is an act of towering chickenshit. Shame on you twice.

As a commenter said:

It’s also worth pointing out that Rather’s story about poppy Bush pulling strings to get junior into the national guard, and dubya then shirking the resultant duty, was in fact 100% true. The only issue was the provenance of a supporting document.

And another commenter added:

I vaguely something about the type and font on the document being suspect because it was not such and so forth, but as the story was breaking I was typing on an old IBM composer which had the same type and font available via “ball swapping.” Sloppy reporting, indeed.

Res ipsa loquiter.

One Response to “Will CBS Treat Lara Logan Over A Bogus Story How It Treated Dan Rather Over A True One?”

  1. onyxpnina said

    It seems to be awfully important to shore up one story but not the other.

    Not that I’m suspicious or anything. *innocent look*

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