DATE: 1/11/2005 09:19:00 AM
Fisking Mapes - The Power Line guys have something to say about Mary Mapes' self-serving and disingenuous statement. After reading the report and the statements made by CBS president Les Moonves, it's obvious they hoped to somehow portray Mapes as a terrible journalist (which she made easier by actually being one) but someone who was not motivated by political biases. Mapes is the fall guy for this whole scandal, but the report provides no motive for her actions other than the need to put a 'good story' on the air too quickly. Nothing is said about her habit of checking extreme Bush-hating sites for tips, her obsession with the AWOL story and her quoting of Ann Richards speeches. The woman obviously hated George W. Bush. The report should have made mention of that little fact. It's weaker for not having done so.