CBS Producer on Thin Ice After Guard Story

If this were fark, this one would need an “obvious” button.

CBS Producer on Thin Ice After Guard Story

NEW YORK (AP) – The fallout from CBS’s doomed story about President Bush’s National Guard service most endangers a woman few viewers know but who played a key role in two of the biggest television stories of the year.

Mary Mapes, a veteran producer at CBS News, reported most of the National Guard story, including obtaining the documents CBS now says it can’t authenticate. She also passed on the phone number of her source, former Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, to the Kerry campaign.

Mapes, 48, was described by colleagues on Tuesday as a dogged and talented journalist who made no secret of her liberal political beliefs.

And on a personal note, I get a chuckle that it was her injecting those beliefs into a story that brought her down.

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