Monday, January 10, 2005

CBS Fires Four Over Memogate

AP, via the Canadian CBC, tells the story:

Four CBS News executives were fired Monday after the release of an independent investigation that said a "myopic zeal" led to a 60 Minutes Wednesday story about President George W. Bush's military service that relied on allegedly forged documents.

The network fired Mary Mapes, producer of the report; Josh Howard, executive producer of 60 Minutes Wednesday; his top deputy Mary Murphy; and senior vice-president Betsy West.

Dan Rather, who narrated the report, announced in November that he was stepping down as anchor of the CBS Evening News, but insisted the timing had nothing to do with the investigation.

Rather "asked the right questions initially, but then made the same errors of credulity and over-enthusiasm that beset many of his colleagues in regard to this segment," top CBS executive Leslie Moonves said.

Given Rather's apology and announcement that he was stepping down, Moonves said further action against Rather was not warranted.

I know, I said I wouldn't bet on any posts until I was back in Japan. But for this ...

Update: Instapundit is all over this, so maybe I didn't need to after all. But Memogate was a key factor in the birth of this blog, so I guess posting on it is warranted.

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