September 16, 2004

Good point...

Andrew C. McCarthy writes at The Corner:

... Interesting how the worm turns. In the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the MSM -- with CBS front and center -- argued that it didn't matter what the officials involved SAID about what instructions, if any, had been given by the White House, the Pentagon, or the theater commanders. It didn't matter that those officials SAID they gave directions that torture and the kind of degrading treatment that went on at Abu Ghraib were prohibited. What mattered, the media insisted, was strictly the WRITTEN PAPER RECORD: gleaned from internal discussion memos, even though they were written by subordinates not policy makers, and even though there was no evidence that those memos were ever implemented as policy.

Now, CBS has recklessly built a story on a shoddy paper record that has, predictably, collapsed. Its reaction? The WRITTEN PAPER RECORD is nigh irrelevant and the only thing that matters is what is being SAID -- the orally related memory of an 86-year-old woman who was not a decision-maker in the matters at issue and that has been contradicted by multiple sources who were arguably closer to the decision-maker in question...

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Posted by John Weidner at September 16, 2004 7:10 PM
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