Interesting how the worm turns. In the Abu Ghraib prison scandal,
the MSM — with CBS front and center — argued that it didn’t matter
what the officials involved SAID about what instructions, if any, had
been given by the White House, the Pentagon, or the theater commanders.
It didn’t matter that those officials SAID they gave directions that
torture and the kind of degrading treatment that went on at Abu Ghraib
were prohibited. What mattered, the media insisted, was strictly the
WRITTEN PAPER RECORD: gleaned from internal discussion memos, even
though they were written by subordinates not policy makers, and even
though there was no evidence that those memos were ever implemented as
Now, CBS has recklessly built a story on a shoddy paper record that
has, predictably, collapsed. Its reaction? The WRITTEN PAPER RECORD is
nigh irrelevant and the only thing that matters is what is being SAID –
the orally related memory of an 86-year-old woman who was not a
decision-maker in the matters at issue and that has been contradicted by
multiple sources who were arguably closer to the decision-maker in question.
What media bias?