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Saturday, November 13, 2004


CBS embarrassed itself in the Rathergate episode where memos alleging to show problems with President Bush's national guard service proved to be forgeries. But CBS, ignoring the lesson that episode, continues to ride on into the sunset.

When news of Cairman Arafat's death broke, CBS interrupted a popular tv show, CSI: NY, to report it. A reasonable decision since the death will alter Middle East affairs fundamentally. With US military personnel dying in the Middle East, the American public needs to follow news of the region.

But, CBS News decided , it was not reasonable! It fired the producer reponsible for the decision to interrupt the popular program and apologized to the public for the interruption!

At CBS Television, entertainment comes first! The producer apparently should have used a news "crawl" at the bottom of the screen to report Arafat's death, while leaving the show untouched.

This is another sign that CBS should give up pretending that it presents news on television. It should drop its news division and become another entertainment channel like USA, Nickelodeon, and TNT.

CBS is dying slowly - and publicly

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