Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

CBS Stands By Its Editing On McCain Interview

Strategy08 poster turneresq rightfully takes CBS to task on its blatant cover-up of McCain’s gaffe.

However, CBS stands by its decision to editorialize heavily on McCain’s interview, according to a report by Ben Smith at Politico here:

“As all news organizations do with extended interviews, last night’s Obama and McCain interviews were edited to fit the available time and to give viewers a fair expression of the candidates’ major differences,” CBS spokeswoman Jennifer Farley emailed. “The full transcript and video were and still are available at cbsnews.com.”

Uh….the problem, CBS, is that they completely edited out McCain’s gaffe about the Awakening and substituted in a different answer instead.

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July 23, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy | ,

8 Comments »

  1. Not. Good. Enough.

    They’re obviously feeling some heat, it needs to be turned up.

    Comment by dansac | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. Exactly. Can we get someone to cross-post this over on Dkos?

    Comment by slinkerwink | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. Not nearly good enough.

    They are using a rudimentary straw man argument. We are not criticizing them for cutting down the interview for time. We are criticizing them because they substituted one answer for a question with a completely different one, in an attempt to protect Senator McCain from looking like a fool.

    If journalists think they can just cut and paste any question together with any answer, then we have lost the last bits of journalistic ethics we have left.

    Comment by smashartist | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. Also, give me like 20-30 minutes and I’ll have something up at DKos.

    Comment by smashartist | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. Thanks, smashartist!

    Comment by slinkerwink | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  6. Zen beat me to it. Now I get to save my daily diary for my Focus on Florida series which I should debut tonight.

    Comment by smashartist | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  7. Heads should roll.

    Comment by shhs | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  8. sorry smash! Didn’t seem to breakthrough, either, although Turneresq has updated his/her rec’d diary with the same info.

    Comment by zenbowl | July 23, 2008 | Reply


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