by John Hawkins | September 20, 2004 12:02 am
“You couldn’t have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at ’60 Minutes’] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.” — Jonathan Klein
That mocking quote by Jonathan Klein has been adopted by the blogosphere and turned into an anthem by many of the same bloggers who have gleefully — and might I add successfully — dissected Dan Rather’s fake memos like a high school science whiz carving away at a frog.
However, the snarky nature of the Klein quote has obscured a larger truth: that a network like CBS shouldn’t have needed bloggers — pajama clad or not — to have pointed out that their story was less credible than a column about ethics in journalism written by Jayson Blair. CBS has an immense budget, a large, experienced, staff, as well as all the contacts & resources that they needed to determine the truth of the story before it ever hit the airwaves.
So how did they get fooled? Well, to be quite frank, merely saying that CBS was “duped” is being charitable. (Cont)
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