(Courtesy Lindy Eddy)
This is just way too much fun! I bet Klein never thought he would have to deal with this kind of stuff when he said, "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing." From the Opinion Journal article, I'd Rather Be Blogging CBS stonewalls as "guys in pajamas" uncover a fraud.
The part of this story that really bothers me though is this:
Mr. Klein didn't directly address the mounting objections to CBS's story. He fell back on what high school debaters call the appeal to authority, implying that the reputation of "60 Minutes" should be enough to dissolve doubts without the network sharing its methods with other journalists and experts. He told Fox's Tony Snow that the "60 Minutes" team is "the most careful news organization, certainly on television." He said that Mary Mapes, the producer of the story, was "a crack journalist" who had broken the Abu Ghraib prison abuse story. (Emphasis added.)I'm sure someone else has thought of this before but, if they farted around and screwed up the memo story who's to say they didn't do the same with the Abu Ghraib story?