Former CBS correspondent Deborah Potter & Fox News analyst Liz Trotta
"The report on CBS News and 'Memogate' is out. Four producers have been fired and Dan Rather reprimanded over a '60 Minutes' report that used questionable documents to imply that President Bush received special treatment in the National Guard. The primary producer on the story, Mary Mapes, apparently was in close contact with the Kerry campaign during the preparation of the story. That can never happen in legitimate journalism. If political campaigns can work with powerful news operations to denigrate an opponent, we're in big trouble. As Talking Points has said all along, Dan Rather did not knowingly allow false documents to be aired--he simply relied on a woman with whom he had worked for years, and got hammered. CBS News is embarrassed and has lost credibility. Hopefully all journalists will understand what happened here and never do anything like it."
Former CBS News correspondent Deborah Potter contended CBS shot itself in the foot by mishandling the story, especially after it aired. "CBS circled the wagons," Potter told The Factor. "They denied anything was wrong and defended their story for two weeks. CBS has a black eye, and they have some cleaning up to do." Fox News analyst Liz Trotta, who also worked at CBS, blamed the network's deeply ingrained liberal culture. "This was partisan bias, a hate Bush move. And they will not address this. Mapes is a psychopathic liar. And Dan Rather's career is over." The Factor agreed CBS was guilty of journalistic malpractice. "What if Kerry had won the election, and then we found out two months later that CBS News was in bed with the Kerry campaign digging up dirt about George W. Bush? That's a danger to the democracy."