Mary Jacobs at Salon (subscription or day pass), reveals the story that CBS spiked. Thank god for new media.
By relying on documents that could not be absolutely authenticated from a blind source to make the otherwise irrefutable case that George W. Bush shirked his National Guard duties in the early 1970s, CBS anchor Dan Rather dealt the credibility of journalism a “body blow,” according to Washington Post ombudsman Michael Getler. But just how damaging was that blow?
One measure of the debacle is a “60 Minutes Wednesday” segment that millions of viewers now will now not see: a hard-hitting report making a powerful case that in trying to build support for the Iraq war, the Bush administration either knowingly deceived the American people about Saddam Hussein’s nuclear capabilities or was grossly credulous. CBS news president Andrew Heyward spiked the story this week, saying it would be “inappropriate” during the election campaign.