AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 1/10/2005 01:07:00 PM ----- BODY: The BS Starts on Page 28 - The "Political Agenda" section is disappointing.
The Panel is aware that some have ascribed political motivations to 60 Minutes Wednesday's decision to air the September 8 Segment just two months before the presidential election, while others further found political bias in the program itself. The Panel reviewed this issue and found certain actions that could support such charges. However, the Panel cannot conclude that a political agenda at 60 Minutes Wednesday drove either the timing of the airing of the Segment or its content.
Right. This comes just after a lengthy discussion of how Mary Mapes talked to members of the Kerry campaign about the story. And the report makes no mention of the coincidentally timed "Fortunate Son" ad campaign that the Democrats ran just after the 60 Minutes Wednesday report aired. After some fine work, here is where the investigators drop the ball. --------