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The Weekly Worst

CBS: Bush the Real Flip-Flopper
Dismissing Dan Rather's Dupery

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004 Weekly Worst PDF

     The so-called mainstream media never admit their liberal tilt, so the news analysts at the Media Research Center tirelessly document the media's bias and expose their left-wing agenda. The "awards" for last week's lowlights:

CBS: Bush Is The Real Flip-Flopper. On Thursday's CBS Evening News, reporter Jim Axelrod argued that "while Senator Kerry has certainly supplied some raw material" for charges he's a flip-flopper, "the President is not without his own, shall we say, changes of mind everything from gay marriage to steel tariffs to the constantly shifting rationale for the war in Iraq." Two weeks earlier, on the September 7 Evening News, CBS's John Roberts actually absolved Kerry of being two-faced on the Iraq war: "Kerry has consistently said holding Saddam accountable was and remains the right thing to do. And he's been just as consistent in his opposition to the way President Bush went to war." CBS's Jim Axelrod
CBS's Jim Axelrod presented Bush, not Kerry, as the real flip-flopper.

     For more, see the September 8 and September 24 CyberAlerts.

Dismissing Dan's Dupery. Incredibly, CBS anchor Dan Rather still won't admit those memos impugning Bush's National Guard service were a fraud, telling the Chicago Tribune: "Do I think they're forged? No." But some in the liberal media attempted to excuse CBS's obvious misbehavior. NBC's Tom Brokaw painted Rather as a hapless victim, not someone who should have known better: "I think he was really trying to get a big story about the President's National Guard service, and they got stung by some bad documents, and it's too bad." Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas dismissed Rather's lapse as insignificant: "To me, the real issue is why doesn't the President tell us the truth?"

CNN's Aaron Brown was the most condescending, announcing that those who blame liberal bias lack brainpower. "Some partisans...will see willful deception on the part of CBS," Brown lectured on the September 20 NewsNight, adding, "smarter and more reasoned heads know better."

     For more, see the September 22, September 23 and September 24 CyberAlerts.

CNN's Aaron Brown
CNN's Aaron Brown said "smarter" people know Dan Rather wasn't engaged in "willful deception"





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