Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, September 20, 2004
CBS is about to retreat from the forgeries it has been promoting, under covering fire. This tactic they call "intensive reporting", one of the year's best euphemisms that will probably live with CBS's infamy.
The [CBS] officials, who asked not to be identified, said CBS News would most likely make an announcement as early as today that it had been deceived about the documents' origins. CBS News has already begun intensive reporting on where they came from, and people at the network said it was now possible that officials would open an internal inquiry into how it moved forward with the report. Officials say they are now beginning to believe the report was too flawed to have gone on the air.
And who is to be the target of its fire? The odds are on Bill Burkett, who has just received a visit from Dan Rather.

It seems CBS hopes still to be out of range of the shrapnel. Fat chance. Similar odds for Rather and the Democrats.