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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Analyze this - no, not THAT, this!

Mary Mapes, architect of CBS's "Microsoft Forger" fiasco last year, is standing by her story.

(Hat-tip to Transterrestrial Musings, who compares Mapes unfavourably to Jayson Blair on the grounds that Jayson didn't fabricate sources. I suppose that Stephen Glass, who did fabricate sources but only for internal consumption, would lie somewhere in the middle of this line of infamy.)

Mapes's spin in itself is unremarkable, cluttered as it is with ad hominem, unsourced allegations, and not a few amusing mistakes. Mapes is something of a barrelfish at this point, and normally wouldn't be worth my bother.

But one comment in particular struck me: "There was no analysis of what the documents actually said, no work done to look at the content, no comparison with the official record, no phone calls made to check the facts of the story".

It's all so unfair. We weren't supposed to look at the provenance of this source. For our "analysis" of it, we were supposed to understand its assertions and to accept them in outline; and then we were supposed to go hunt for other, similar documents. Mapes knew that Bush was A-WALL; and even if the document was fake, it was surely accurate. Mapes and Rather are the enlightened ones. The rest of us are just haters locked in an echo chamber.

How did she ever get hired?

posted by Zimri on 16:05 | link | 0 comments

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