CBS News Roiling, 60 Minutes Four Refuse to Yield
by Joe Hagan
More than a week after CBS News released its ostensibly final, tortured, novella-length report on the suspicious-document scandal at 60 Minutes Wednesday, some basic matters in the case are even less settled than before-starting with the fate of the four employees the network singled out for dismissal on Jan. 10.
Producer Mary Mapes, who was fired, has released a statement saying that she had done nothing wrong in preparing the Sept. 8, 2004, report or in the aftermath. And the three staffers who CBS asked to resign�-executive producer Josh Howard, his top deputy Mary Murphy, and CBS News senior vice president Betsy West�-have declined to actually tender their resignations.
The trio has remained silent, but all three are consulting with lawyers about the possibility of bringing legal action against CBS News.
As critics continue to question how CBS News president Andrew Heyward survived the upheaval that took out his underlings, the gaps in the official narrative of events suggest there may be one or more alternate versions of what happened. .....
Boy, now I really don't care.
John the F'ing gigolo Kerry? Now there's rightwing eloquence for ya...