Last year William Donohue, President of the Catholic League, referred to CBS as the Catholic Bashing System. More than other networks, CBS seems to slant their news against the Catholic Church. In August of 2003, by quoting a Vatican document out of context, CBS made this claim:
“For decades, priests in this country abused children in parish after parish while their superiors covered it all up. Now it turns out the orders for this cover up were written in Rome at the highest levels of the Vatican.”
Many people, including popular radio host Jeff Cavins, while in no way diminishing the horrible problem of child abuse, tried to correct CBS’ smear of the Vatican. However, when CBS interviewed Jeff, they edited his comments in such a way that it made it appear he agreed with the report and was angry not at CBS, but at the Vatican!
Although the National Catholic Register did a careful, in-depth exposé of CBS’ false reporting, the network never offered a retraction. By characterizing their critics as “conservative Catholics” and “right wing,” they simply brushed them off. The current scandal over Dan Rather’s use of forged documents fits into a larger pattern of arrogance and false reporting at CBS.
'60 Minutes' anti-Catholic segment entitled 'God, Women and Medicine'
From Touchstone Magazine: Ebbing Journalistic Authority:
In Dan Rather's case, the coverup was far more damaging than the crime. But he had every reason to think that when he brazenly presented the source of documentary evidence for his slander of President Bush as an "unimpeachable" source, no one would be able to challenge him. He offered a naked argument from authority. And he did it with all the confidence of an experienced riverboat gambler, secure in the knowledge that no one would ever check his sleeves. After all, this tactic has worked wonderfully well in the past. And what a glorious way to end his career, breaking a story that would bring down a loathed Republican president!
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See: One More CBS Document Example
On humorous side: Liberal Larry's theory about who really forged the memos
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CBS Does It Again Compare video of broadcast with CBS' revised transcript. Notice any difference?
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