Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, January 10, 2005

But Rather Still Has a Job at 60 Minutes II

Color me shocked, but CBS has fired four people over RatherGate. Danno wasn't one of them. Here's my favorite quote from the story, though:
"The combination of a new 60 Minutes Wednesday management team, great deference given to a highly respected producer and the network’s news anchor, competitive pressures, and a zealous belief in the truth of the segment seem to have led many to disregard some fundamental journalistic principles," the report said.
(Emphasis mine) Yet:
The timing of the story prompted charges of political bias against CBS News.

While the panel found that some actions taken by CBS News encouraged such suspicions, “the Panel cannot conclude that a political agenda at 60 Minutes Wednesday drove either the timing of the airing of the segment or its content.”
(Emphasis mine.)

Right. There's a "zealous belief in the truth of the segment" by the producer and the anchor, and it comes out "during a tight and hotly contested presidential race," yet the panel "cannot conclude" that the "zealous belief" pushing the story was "a political agenda."

I'm surprised they found justification to fire anyone, then.

But, I have to admit, it was more than I expected.

UPDATE: I just heard on ABC radio news that the report "found no evidence" of a political agenda. That's not what I read. "We cannot conclude" is not equivalent to "no evidence of."

Further update: You've GOT to check out Ravenwood's discovery. LOL funny.

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