September 28, 2004
Still Digging (UPDATED)
Posted by Bill
Is CBS mirroring Kerry campaign talking points?
Three weeks after he denounced the internet as being "filled with rumors," the embattled CBS anchor ran a story on his Tuesday "Evening News" program hoping to stir up fear of an impending military draft.
In a story that was a textbook example of slipshod reporting, CBS reporter Richard Schlesinger used debunked internet hoax emails and an unlabeled interest group member to scare elderly "Evening" viewers into believing that the U.S. government is poised to resume the draft.
To me, the video comes off as a scare piece. Read the analysis and watch the clip here.
UPDATE: Ace has the siren up.
UPDATE: Captain Ed thinks that John Kerry has "a severe case of projection."
UPDATE: Say Anything piles on.
Posted by Bill at September 28, 2004 10:36 PM | TrackBack (4)
Link appears to be broken
Posted by: rather_not at September 28, 2004 11:08 PM
Works for me.
I think this is an excellent item for Rather to back. Not only will it IMO help Bush, it should also help any Congressional races...
"two bills in Congress...are sponsored exclusively by Democrats"
Posted by: CyberZombie at September 28, 2004 11:12 PM
Might be a good debate question: "Senator Kerry, your party has introduced legislation to reinstate the draft. If elected President, would you support such legislation and would you work to reinstate the draft?"
Posted by: TEWSPilot at September 28, 2004 11:21 PM
They've given up.
New business plan is to become the premier provider of Propaganda to america.
It's too hard to do the real work of journalism.
Propaganda is so much easier. Rumor and inuendo with straw men and good visuals. No balance.
Posted by: RB at September 28, 2004 11:21 PM
Viacom's family friend Rock The Vote is pushing this hoax hard on rockthevote.com/draft
To bite on this story at all you have to ignore the administration's lack of interest in increasing the force with volunteers. We had 8-10(?) more divisions in 1990, and that was with no draft in sight. I can imagine Bush turning this back on Kerry, who's party has sponsored legislation to start a draft. Hey, maybe the draft is Kerry's secret plan.
Posted by: David [.net] at September 28, 2004 11:37 PM
IMHO, Rather and CBS are engaging in a pattern of shameless fabrication... beyond forgery and propaganda; a reckless production culture and systemic internal corruption that results in FABRICATED news product. This is the real story of CBS News in the dying Rather era.
Fabrication. IMHO, that is the crime of Rather and CBS News. "Fabricate" is the word that seems to best describe what they have done.
Let's use that term for a change. Let's paint them yellow with what they've done.
Posted by: willem at September 29, 2004 12:10 AM
No doubt Rather will be running this story tomorrow, from yet another unimpeachable source. At least it will show he's learned to read the blogs.
Posted by: The Raving Atheist at September 29, 2004 01:03 AM
Is this propaganda or stupidity? I gotta go with stupidity since the draft bills are all sponsored by Dems. Rangel's been on this trip a long time.
CBS has drunk the Kool-aid, folks. They believe the left's craziness. Its not a lie if you believe it. Its not propaganda if you believe it. But it is pretty damn sad.
Posted by: ctob at September 29, 2004 01:15 AM
How dumb can CBS be? Before this broadcast it would have been a bit obscure for Bush to bring up the two Democrat-sponsored draft bills during the debates.
CBS has just given many more people a context, and established that a prospective draft is an object of dread. Now, when a debating Bush says something like "The only ones advocating a draft are the Democrats" it will link the Dem's to something they themselves have - with CBS's help - just established as an ugly negative.
With friends like CBS, who needs Karl Rove?
Posted by: Lastango at September 29, 2004 01:39 AM
Aha! The truth comes out Karl Rove runs CBS! Brilliant! The media is so far biased left that it comes full circle and is in fact biased to the right just like "Screw them" Kos says. Diabolical Genius!
Posted by: ctob at September 29, 2004 02:09 AM
Kerry used to WANT a draft, see this link at Captains Quarters.
Posted by: radioman_abq at September 29, 2004 08:38 AM
Just when you think CBS couldn't go any lower...
I've already contacted my local affiliate (again) to complain about CBS News...
Posted by: Another Thought at September 29, 2004 10:25 AM
I say let's raise hell once again, especially with the CBS affiliates and advertisers...we already know the drill...
Posted by: Another Thought at September 29, 2004 10:26 AM
Good idea, Another Thought. I followed up my original short, precise, non-partisan e-mail to my local affiliate about Rathergate with another one pointing to the RatherBiased report, emphasizing that the report's information can be verified by following the embedded links and that CBS's fact-free reporting continues to tarnish not only CBS but the local affiliates.
Posted by: Tongue Boy at September 29, 2004 10:30 AM
Here's a list of the people in government supporting the draft (hr163 and s89). After voting each of them out of office, we should find out who THEY are voting for for president and vote against him. That should end the draft discussion quickly...
Sponsors of HR189 (House of Representatives)
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15]
Sponsor of S89 (Senate)
Ernest Hollings, SC
Posted by: Kevin at September 29, 2004 11:00 AM
Posted by: Jonathan at September 29, 2004 01:16 PM
On it. thanks, roddy boyd
Posted by: rod at September 29, 2004 01:32 PM
Posted by: Jonathan at September 29, 2004 03:52 PM
I've got a full summary of the story, including of "TranscriptGate" at:
Posted by: No Oil for Pacifists at September 30, 2004 06:03 AM
So, if I send emails to lots of people saying how concerned I am that John Kerry is an alien reptilian wearing a Lurch mask and how much all my friends are worried about it then CBS News would need to do a story on it.
Posted by: Urako at September 30, 2004 07:37 AM
Damn! You go boy!
(and, to the comment above...Corrine Brown? Yeah, big surprise there)
Posted by: jmflynny at September 30, 2004 10:01 AM