Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Friday, November 12, 2004


CBS Axes Producer for Arafat Cut-In

"CBS News has axed a news producer who cut into prime-time programming Wednesday night to report the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

CBS apologized for the interruption Thursday, saying an “overly aggressive” staffer “jumped the gun on a report that should have been offered to local stations for their late news.” "

So, at CBS it is an immediate firing offense to interrupt an entertainment program with a legitimate factual news story but it is apparently okay to convert a news broadcast into a fictional presentation by introducing obviously forged documents and treating them as if they were real. It is also okay to coordinate a news program's product with the democratic party.

I'm also sure it would have been okay to interrupt the CSI show a couple of weeks ago to report something damaging to the Bush administration, even if it turned out to be untrue.


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