January 10, 2005

Cue the Law & Order "Schwackong!" Noise

Mary Mapes and three others given the axe at CBS.

mary mapes.jpeg
Mapes, while leaving Black Rock with a cardboard box with a Garfield 2005 Calendar and a "Bestest Producer of All Time" coffee mug, was heard muttering "Would've gotten away with it, weren't for those meddling kids!"

"Ooooo! Oooooo! Ooooo! Mister Kotter! Mister Kotter!"

Yes Horseshack?

"I know how CBS will run with the story:

In another blow to the credibility of the failed Bush presidency, unemployment in New York City jumped today in response to Bush's failed policy in Irak.....
Posted by Steve at January 10, 2005 11:37 AM

"Four CBS News employees, including three executives"

Posted by: Bill from INDC at January 10, 2005 11:42 AM

Several observations: the linked news story claims Mapes "broke" the Abu Graib story. She did not. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt was the first one to disclose the criminal investigations into the conduct of Army reserve personnel at Abu Graib during one of the daily CPA press briefings. Mapes, weeks later, was lucky enough to get the pictures that made a one paragraph, inside page, story the media circus it became. Second, the Thornburgh report, or at least the spin on it, seems to absolve Dan Rather who appears to have been "mislead" by Mapes. This treatment of Dan Rather looks suspiciously like the treatment accorded Peter Arnett after his CNN special on "Operation Ill-Wind" where Arnett claimed the U.S. Army used nerve gas on POWs collatborating with the enemy. No matter how you slice, Dan's credibility, and that of CBS News, is in tatters.

Posted by: LMC at January 10, 2005 01:34 PM

Schwackong? I don't know, I sort of hear it as more of a "CHUNK chunk!", but that's just me.

Props on finding a Mary Mapes photo. All I can say is -- she's no Jennifer Millerwise. And I nearly did a hot coffee spit take when I read about the Garfield calendar.

My own cruel schadenfreude post is also up.

Posted by: The Colossus at January 10, 2005 01:38 PM

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