Monday, January 03, 2005

CBS, I don't get it


The blogosphere is buzzing about a visit by CBS News president Andrew Heyward to the White House reported here:

Let the fence-mending begin. According to a Broadcasting & Cable source in Washington, D.C., CBS News president Andrew Heyward, along with Washington bureau chief Janet Leissner, recently met with White House communications director Dan Bartlett, in part to repair chilly relations with the Bush administration.

Atrios at Eschaton sees it as refutation that the media is liberal while deacon at Power Line thinks it's premature to have such a meeting before the Rathergate report comes out. And don't miss BummerDietz's exclusive transcript of the meeting.

George Ellison at Chicago Avvocato asks:

Am I the only one that thinks that statement is contradictory? CBS doesn't have a vendetta against the White House and from now on it will do its best not to have a vendetta against the White House.

Why not just be up front about it? Like this:

Mr. Bartlett, we at CBS flat out disagree with most of your administration's philosophies and policies. We're deeply concerned that the President is taking the country far in the wrong direction and in our view, the facts back us up. We thought it was terribly important to do everything could to impede the Pesident's reelection. We think the electorate has made an awful mistake. We did get a bit carried away with the fake memos, and we're sorry for that. But going forward we're going to continue to hold the Administration's feet to the fire to try to salvage what little good there may be left for the country.

They'd at least keep their self-respect.

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