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Mapes Fires Back

Mary Mapes released her own statement today. -- reproduced here in its entirety.


I am terribly disappointed in the conclusions of the report and its effects on the four of us who will no longer work at CBS News. I am disappointed as well for the entire organization. It has been my second family and I will miss my colleagues there.

I am shocked by the vitriolic scape-goating in Les Moonvess statement. I am very concerned that his actions are motivated by corporate and political considerations -- ratings rather than journalism. Mr. Moonvess response to the review panels report and the panels assessment of the evidence it developed in its investigation combine not only to condemn me, but to put all investigative reporting in the CBS tradition at risk.

Much has been made about the fact that these documents are photocopies and therefore cannot be trusted, but decades of investigative reporting have relied on just such copies of memos, documents and notes. In vetting these documents, we did not have ink to analyze, original signatures to compare, or paper to date. We did have context and corroboration and believed, as many journalists have before and after our story, that authenticity is not limited to original documents. Photocopies are often a basis for verified stories.

Before the Bush/Guard story aired, the newly found documents that supported it were thoroughly examined and corroborated. The contents of the new documents mesh perfectly, in large ways and small, with all previously known records. The new documents also were corroborated by retired Gen. Bobby Hodges, the late Col. Killians commander, who said that the documents showed Col. Killians true sentiments as well as his actions in the case. After the broadcast, Marian Carr Knox provided the same corroboration in her televised interview. Yet, despite the panels recognition of the heretofore unchalleneged integrity of my work in the past, the panel was quick to condemn me here on the basis of statements of people who told my associates and me very different versions than what they told the panel.

I cooperated fully with the review panel, provided them with more than 1,000 pages of reporting and background materials and answered each and every one of their questions completely and truthfully. To the extent that my answers differed from others statements, I can only emphasize my own honesty and integrity in attempting to reconstruct the details of the days leading up to the storys airing.

It is noteworthy the panel did not conclude that these documents are false. Indeed, in the end, all that the panel did conclude was that there were many red flags that counseled against going to air quickly. I never had control of the timing of any airing of a 60 Minutes segment; that has always been a decision made by my superiors. Airing this story when it did, was also a decision made by my superiors, including Andrew Heyward. If there was a journalistic crime committed here, it was not by me. Those superiors also made the decision to give the White House little time to consider or respond to the Killian documents. Contrary to the conclusions of the panel, I vetted all aspects of the story with my editors. In fact, as I have always done with my editors, I told them everything.

I believe the segment presented to the American people facts they were free to accept or reject, and that as those facts were presented, there was nothing that was false or misleading. I am heartened to see that the panel found no political bias on my part, as indeed I have none. For 25 years, I have built a reputation as a fair, honest and thorough journalist. I have had 15 wonderful years at CBS News and four very bad months. I love and respect the people there and I wish them every good fortune.
January 10, 2005

At some point you have to wonder what planet she is on. She is clearly a member of the moonbat left. Anyone who has read the report -or even the parts I've posted here- knows she is either lying or sadly delusional. It really calls into question every piece she has ever done for CBS.

Via Pundit Guy

Comments (21)

Cdr. Mapes: Ahh, but the me... (Below threshold)

Cdr. Mapes: Ahh, but the memo that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that an extra key to the th superscript DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled Sixty Minutes II out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect Chimpy McBushitler...

....clickety clickety....Er... (Below threshold)

....clickety clickety....Erm....and if theres any others questions the board would like to ask me....well just ask...I.....I.....I've nothing to hide and....I welcome this chance to lay out the truth and clear my name.....clickety clickety......

Mapes forgot to include the... (Below threshold)

Mapes forgot to include the hiccups.

Yes it does very much call ... (Below threshold)

Yes it does very much call into question everything she has done - anyone willing to call up cbs and ask them about her rebuttal letter and what it means?

Mapes is sticking with the ... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

Mapes is sticking with the "fake but acurate" line of defense. It amazes me that accuses CBS of scapegoating when she is the centerpiece of every incident that went wrong.

BTW, the Captain Queeg bit was great.

Me, me, me , me ,me, me, me... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

Me, me, me , me ,me, me, me, me, me.

That's all I have to say.

Mary Mapes

Can we compile a list of ev... (Below threshold)

Can we compile a list of every story she has produced?

Another angle would be to to track down all the "Locharts" she's contacted for critical DNC missions. For instance her number might show up in phone records Ken Starr seized.

Steve L,Thanks. He... (Below threshold)

Steve L,

Thanks. Her obsessiveness just fit it too perfectly.

Sadly, Ms. Moonbat will lik... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Sadly, Ms. Moonbat will likely soon obtain a cushy well-paying job with The Nation (or a similar rag) and continue her hate-filled quest against Mr. Bush.

The blogosphere can (must?)... (Below threshold)

The blogosphere can (must?) follow this woman wherever her career in "journalism" takes her. It will be quite telling to see how things play out from here.

Her future could be the real test as to whether the MSM really understand whats going on here.

'Ms. Moonbat will likely so... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

'Ms. Moonbat will likely soon obtain a cushy well-paying job with The Nation '

Maybe but i'm not sure a TV producer would necessarily be a good fit at a print magazine. A friend of mine is a producer for ESPN and that's a very competitive industry and not that I'm saying she's never going to work again and she might receive some sympathy but it's still a business. Most big execs don't readily hire employees who might be harmful to their careers.

your right May there was no... (Below threshold)

your right May there was no political agenda at play here... you pursued this story with the same zeal that you looked into Kerry's backround in your reporting on his anti-war activities, meeting the viet cong in paris and the book the new soldier...

now put on this trendy new reverse sleeve white coat from Versacci for nuts...

"The content of the new doc... (Below threshold)

"The content of the new documents mesh perfectly..."

Uh, Mary, shouldn't that have raised red flags that each and every document provided filled in gaps perfectly to your theory of the events, each document a smoking gun for what was just hear-say?

"I am very concerned that h... (Below threshold)

"I am very concerned that his (Moonves') actions are motivated by corporate and political considerations -- ratings rather than journalism."

Irony, thy name is Mapes.

Denial just aint a river in... (Below threshold)

Denial just aint a river in Egypt..

"Before the Bush/Guard stor... (Below threshold)

"Before the Bush/Guard story aired, the newly found documents that supported it were thoroughly examined and corroborated. The contents of the new documents mesh perfectly, in large ways and small, with all previously known records."

So, she'd also stand behind the "Hitler Diaries" since they sound like the writings of Hitler and are corroborated by actual events... no???

Within sixty days we'll be ... (Below threshold)
Just Lurkin':

Within sixty days we'll be reading about Mapes' lucrative book contract and plans to tell the world that she is the victim of a conspiracy carried out by right wing bloggers, orchestrated by Karl Rove, and paid for by Halliburton. Maybe Michael Moore can turn it into a joke-umentary.

Mapes's "crime" goes beyond... (Below threshold)

Mapes's "crime" goes beyond the documents. According to page 130 of the report, Mapes knew that Lt. George W. Bush and his ANG buddy volunteered for fighter pilot duty in Vietnam, but he was turned down in favor of a pilot with more seniority and experience. Ms. Mapes and Mr. Rather preferred the BS story that Bush was assisted by Ben Barnes (a confirmed liar) to get into the National Guard to avoid Vietnam.

Good point, Jim! And CBSga... (Below threshold)

Good point, Jim! And CBSgate didn't happen in a vacuum. Her track record is filled with similar activity - the earlier Seattle "police abuse" story, the more recent violation of inmate communication rules at a (was it Colorado?) prison. CBS should review all her past work done at CBS.

Mapes wrote: "The contents... (Below threshold)

Mapes wrote: "The contents of the new documents mesh perfectly, in large ways and small, with all previously known records."

(Untrue, they don't mesh) But I would say that's an admission of guilty knowledge right there by Mapes.

That was the whole premise of Mapes' partners-in-c...., Paul Lukasiak's months of "research" at glcq.com, the AWOL Project site and Col. Lechliter's "Analysis" (see fn 168, on last pg).

The fake docs did, however, mesh with Michael Moore's seven-point "wishlist" on 2/11/04. (Scroll down past the 10:19 AM post by "Terry Lenzner – Master of the Smear", to MM's 10:49 AM post.)

Freudian slip by Mapes -</p... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

Freudian slip by Mapes -

"The contents of the NEW documents






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