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5. CBS' COWARDICE AND CONFLICTS BEHIND PURGE
Network's Craven Back-Down on Bush Draft Dodge Report Sure to Get a
Standing Rove-ation at White House Tuesday, January 11, 2005 By Greg
"Independent" my ass. CBS' cowardly purge of five journalists who
exposed George Bush's dodging of the Vietnam War draft was done under
cover of what the network laughably called an "Independent Review Panel."
The "panel" was just two guys as qualified for the job as they are for
landing the space shuttle: Dick Thornburgh and Louis Boccardi.
Remember Dickie Thornburgh? He was on the Bush 41 Administration's
payroll. His grand accomplishment as Bush's Attorney General was to
whitewash the investigation of the Exxon
oil giant off the hook on big damages. Thornburgh's fat pay as counsel
to Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, the
substantially due to his job as a Bush retainer. This is the kind of
stinky conflict of interest that hardly suggests "independent." Why not
just appoint Karl Rove as CBS' grand inquisitor and be done with it?
Then there's Boccardi, not exactly a prince of journalism. This is the
gent who, as CEO of the Associated Press, spiked his own wire service's
exposure of Oliver North and his traitorous dealings with the Ayatollah
Khomeini. Legendary AP investigative reporters Robert Parry and Brian
Barger found their stories outing the Iran-Contra scandal in 1986
stopped by their bosses. They did not know that Boccardi was on those
very days deep in the midst of talks with North, participating in the conspiracy.
Today I spoke with Parry at his home in
Boccardi who at the time was trying to spring AP reporter Terry
unwittingly, in a criminal conspiracy to trade guns for hostages. He
then spiked his own news agency's investigation of it. Parry later
discovered a 1986 email from North to John Poindexter in which North
notes that Boccardi "is supportive of our terropism (sic) policy" and
wants to keep the story "quiet." Poindexter was indicted, then
pardoned. Boccardi was not, and there is no indication he knew he was
abetting a crime. But the AP demoted journalist Barger and forced him
to quit for -- the offense of trying to report the biggest story of the
decade. This hardly gives Mr. Spike the qualification to pass judgment on working journalists.
And who are the journalists whom CBS has burned at the corporate stake?
The first lined up for career execution is '60 Minutes' producer Mary
Mapes. Besides the Bush draft dodge story, Mapes produced the exposé of
the torture at Abu Ghraib when other networks had the same material and
I admit to a soft spot for Mapes. Four years ago, BBC Television
broadcast my report that Jeb Bush had wrongly purged thousands of
African-Americans from the voter rolls, thereby fixing the election for
his big brother. CBS Evening News ran away scared from the story, as
did ABC and other
trick, Mapes wanted to put it on '60 Minutes.' However, after the draft
dodge story hullabaloo, that was not going to happen.
And what was the crime committed by Mapes and, let's not forget, Dan Rather,
whose career was also toasted by the story?
CBS said, "The Panel found that Mapes ignored information that cast
doubt on the story she had set out to report -- that President Bush had
received special treatment 30 years ago, getting to the [
National] Guard ahead of many other applicants …."
Well, excuse me, but that story is stone cold solid, irrefutable,
backed-up, sourced, proven to a fare-thee-well. I know, because I'm one
of the reporters who broke that story … way back in 1999, for the
Guardian papers of Britain. No one has challenged the Guardian report,
or my follow-up for BBC Television, whatsoever, though we've begged the
White House for a response from our self-proclaimed "war president."
CBS did not "break" this Chicken-Hawk George story; it's just that
Dan Rather, with Mapes' encouragement, found his journalistic soul
and the cojones, finally, after 5 years delay, to report it. Did Bush get
special treatment to get into the Guard? Baby Bush tested in the 25th
percentile out of 100. Yet, he leaped ahead of thousands of other
a message to General Craig Rose, head of the Guard, to let in Little
George and a few other sons of well-placed politicos.
[See some of the documentation at
clip from the BBC Television report at
Mapes and Rather did make a mistake, citing a memo which could not be
authenticated. But let's get serious folks: this "Killian" memo had not
a darn thing to do with the story-in-chief -- the President's using his
daddy's connections to duck out of
goofy little addition to the story (not included in my Guardian or BBC reports).
So CBS inquisitors took this minor error and used it to discredit the
story and ruin careers of reporters who allowed themselves an unguarded
moment of courage. And, crucial to the network's real agenda, this
nonsensical distraction allowed the White House to resurrect the fake
reputation of George Bush as Vietnam-era top gun.
CBS executives' model was clearly the hatchet job done on BBC news last
year by the so-called "Hutton Report." In that case, some used-up
lordship viciously attacked the BBC's ballsy uncovering of an official
lie: that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Lord Hutton
seized on a minor error by one reporter to attempt to discredit the
entire BBC investigation of governmental mendacity.
the American press itself, notably the New York Times, has joined in
the lynch mob, repeating the allegations against the investigative
reporters without any independent verification of the charges whatsoever.
I would note that neither CBS nor the New York Times punished a single
reporter for passing on, as hard news, the Bush Administration fibs and
whoppers about Saddam Hussein's nuclear and biological weapons programs.
Shameful repetitions of propaganda produced no resignations -- indeed,
picked up an Emmy or two.
Yes, I believe heads should roll at CBS: those of the "news" chieftains
who for five years ignored the screaming evidence about George Bush's
dodging the draft during the war in
At the top of the network's craven and dead wrong apology to the
President is that cyclopsian CBS eyeball. But I suspect that CBS itself
has little interest in eating its own flesh. This vile
spike-after-broadcast serves only its master, the owner of CBS, Viacom Corporation.
"From a Viacom standpoint, the election of a Republican administration
is a better deal. Because the Republican administration has stood for
many things we believe in, deregulation and so on…. I vote for Viacom.
Viacom is my life, and I do believe that a Republican administration is
better for media companies than a Democratic one."
That more-than-revealing statement, made weeks before the presidential
election, by Sumner Redstone, billionaire honcho of CBS' parent
company, wasn't reported on CBS. Why not? Someone should investigate.
Viacom needs the White House to bless its voracious and avaricious need
to bust current ownership and trade rules to add to its global media
monopoly. Placing the severed heads of reporters who would question the
Bush mythology on the White House doorstep will certainly ease the way
for Viacom's ambitions.
At the least, at the upcoming inaugural parties, CBS' ruler Redstone
can expect that White House occupants will give him a standing Rove-ation.
Greg Palast's report for BBC Television on the President's evasion of
the military draft can be seen in the BBC documentary, "Bush Family Fortunes,"
updated in a special
http://www.gregpalast.com/images/TrailerClips.mov. Palast is the author
of the New York Times bestseller, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy."
View his writings www.GregPalast.com For interviews, contact