"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Friday, October 01, 2004

Regarding Dan Rather

I received a response to my Rathergate.com email, part of a mass mail campaign to get Dan Rather fired (see my 9/23 post). I like the way they referred to CBS' "lack of judgment". The subject line read "Regarding Dan Rather":

Dear Viewer,

Thanks for your recent letter about the controversy surrounding CBS News, and their reporting on President Bush's National Guard service.

It is a difficult situation for us at here at Local 8 News. We have been a CBS affiliate for more than 50 years, and we are proud of that affiliation. But, while we are affiliated with CBS, we are not owned by them... We do not have any say in CBS News policy or story selection, nor do they have any say in our local news decisions.

Our President & General Manager has called our contacts at CBS to express our concern about the handling of the story. In addition, Local 8 News has reported both the charges that the documents Mr. Rather used are forged, and CBS News' response to the charges...

As you know, CBS News now admits that they cannot prove the documents are accurate, and they have apologized for their lack of judgment. For the record, here are the statements issued by CBS News President Andrew Heyward, and anchor Dan Rather yesterday:

[...blah...blah...blah...]

In the meantime, Local 8 News will continue to report on both sides of the controversy on radio, TV and web until it is resolved, and we will pass your concerns on to CBS. Thanks again for writing and letting us know how you feel.

Fred D'Ambrosi
News Director
KFMB Stations
7677 Engineer Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858-495-7510