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Thursday, February 17, 2005

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Rathergate is like....

....the Energizer bunny, haunting Les Moonves (and Dan Rather) and forcing him to go to great lengths to hide the truth. (The truth would force Dan to resign in ignominy. It's what should happen but won't.)
Five weeks later, the crisis is not yet behind Mr. Moonves. And far from resolving the problem of the network’s credibility, the independent report commissioned by CBS appears instead to be leading to a confrontation, with defenders of both the ousted CBS staffers involved in the debacle and top CBS management asserting two different truths from the same document.

Mr. Howard and two other ousted CBS staffers—his top deputy, Mary Murphy, and CBS News senior vice president Betsy West—haven’t resigned. And sources close to Mr. Howard said that before any resignation comes, the 23-year CBS News veteran is demanding that the network retract Mr. Moonves’ remarks, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name.
Bully for them. Out with the truth and let the chips fall where they may. CBS is a goner anyway — being honest about what happened might actually save the sinking ship.

But honest is in short supply in the media these days.