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First Benghazi, Now Obamacare: CBS Fights FOX For Disinfo Leader Title

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 13, 2013

Another day, another effort by FOX-on-West-Fifty-Seventh-Street to promote a Darrell Issa bogosity:

On November 11, CBS News reported that the “project manager in charge of building the federal health care website was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security.” CBS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s report was based on an exclusive “first look at a partial transcript” of closed-door testimony by project manager Henry Chao that was likely leaked to the network by Republicans on the House Oversight Committee. Other media outlets picked up CBS’s scoop and ran with it.

According to Attkisson, Chao was presented with “a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system,” and said he was unaware of that memo. CBS News reported that this indicated that Chao had been “kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security” that “could lead to identity theft among people buying insurance.”

But as Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple demonstrated, Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) questioned Chao at a November 13 Oversight Committee hearing and revealed how misleading CBS News’ report was. The memo shown to Chao dealt with portions of the website that aren’t yet in use — not the website as it currently exists, as the partial transcript and CBS News’ report wrongly suggested. And those portions won’t include personally identifiable information, making it impossible for the security risks to lead to identity theft.

Charles Pierce has more:

Gee, CBS gets scammed by a con-man like Darrell Issa. Hoocoodanode?

Perhaps a CBS reporter who has proven to be a reliable mark in the past. 

Sharyl Atkisson? The Sharyl Atkisson? The one who proved so valuable to Issa in his attempt to promote the Fast And Furious fakery? When she does a report, does Issa drink a glass of water, because that would be cool. (She was also a dependable mouthpiece in the early days of Benghazi, Benghazi!, BENGHAZI!) The one who drank a big glass of Instant Martyr when she got called out? And, to cap it off, the Sharyl Atkisson who did so much to mainstream anti-vaccine propaganda and give Julia Ioffe whooping cough? That Sharyl Atkisson?

So why is CBS suddenly aping FOX News? Perhaps because David Rhodes, the guy who helped run FOX’s news room for over a decade, took over CBS’ news room in February of 2011:

The President of CBS News is David Rhodes, who assumed the post in February of 2011. His bio on the CBS website tells us something of his professional past:

“Rhodes began his career as a Production Assistant at the newly-launched Fox News Channel in 1996, where he later became Vice President of News. At the network he managed coverage of three presidential elections, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, hurricanes including Katrina, and was the channel’s Assignment Manager on the news desk the morning of September 11, 2001.”

What this tells us is that Rhodes was a top executive at Fox News during the hotly contested 2000 presidential election where Fox mistakenly called the state of Florida (and thus the nation) for George W. Bush. He was there when Fox News was cheerleading for the U.S. to invade Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, and did not pose any threat to America. He was there when Fox was defending Bush’s disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. He was there during the economic meltdown of 2008 to make sure that it was blamed on poor people buying homes and the Democrats in Congress. He was there when Fox was hyping electoral attacks against candidate Obama that included maligning ACORN, advancing associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, and of course, the everlasting nonsense of birtherism.

In short, Rhodes was one of the principal architects of the Fox News slant toward far-right extremism and brazen conservative partisanship. CBS News must have known what they were getting when they hired him. Additionally, 60 Minutes correspondent, Lara Logan, has been known to swing rightward, particularly with regard to a militaristic foreign policy.

Res ipsa loquiter.


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