Now this is a reason to celebrate.


NEW YORK — Four CBS News employees, including three executives, have been let go for the parts they played in preparing the controversial “60 Minutes Wednesday” election-season story about President Bush’s National Guard service, CBS announced Monday.

Asked to resign were Senior Vice President Betsy West, who supervised CBS News primetime programs; “60 Minutes Wednesday” Executive Producer Josh Howard and Howard’s deputy, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy, according to CBS. The producer of the piece, Mary Mapes, was terminated, the network said.

The panel stopped short of saying the CBS story arose out of any political bias on the part of the network or its news coverage.

Instead, the report concluded that the problematic National Guard segment aired because of a “myopic zeal” on the part of CBS to break the story first.

Naturally, CBS won’t acknowledge that political bias was the driving force behind this “myopic zeal”, but then I don’t really expect them to. Mary Mapes in particular, however, should have been thrown out of the news business years ago. This is not the first time she has perpetrated a fraud upon the public in her quest to advance her own social and political beliefs. RatherBiased and Mudville Gazette have more info on this woman’s rabid antics (which include the media circus surrounding the Abu Graib prison abuses, a story she helped break and flogged into an issue wholly out of proportion with reality).

One Response to “Mary Mapes Gets the Axe from CBS”
  1. Oscar Cwajbaum says:

    Testing comments, pls ignore

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