Mad Mary Mapes

I was staggered to read that sacked CBS producer Mary Mapes still can’t see that she did anything wrong. My God, and she was a senior producer for them – so lacking in judgement.

She claims that no-one has “proven” the documents she used were not authentic. Again one can only be staggered that she believes the standard of ethics required from her is that they must be proved to be fake, rather than proven to be authentic.

And as it so happens, they have come as close to being proven fake as you can get. Without a confession or a resurrection one can not prove anything to 100%, but considering the story rests of a man man claiming to have been given them in a field by someone whose name he faked, and is a proven liar. Well need more be said.

The killer paragraph in the story is:

Mapes says she is continuing to investigate the source of the controversial documents whose authenticity was seriously questioned by the CBS panel. She tells Ross that she had no journalistic obligation to prove the authenticity of the documents before including them in the “60 Minutes II” report. “I don’t think that’s the standard,” she said.

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