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Thursday, September 30, 2004

CBS: Reality Is Beside the Point

Macho stud hombre blogger Bill at INDC Journal has exclusive interviews with three people from CBS regarding their story on restarting the draft. First, the story's reporter, Richard Schlesinger:

INDC: "Probably the main concern with the story is that the e-mails that are shown in the piece are false; they've been debunked on various internet sites long ago ..."

Schlesinger: "The fact is, they were going around. I know several people that got them, and it's gotten people all riled up. Whether or not there's any reality to there being a draft, is almost besides the point. Do I think there's going to be a draft? No. But it's an issue that people are talking about."

Emphasis mine.
And next, the overseeing producer, Linda Karas:

INDC: "Ok, the e-mails in the story have been criticized because they've been debunked online for some time, why did you use them?"

Karas: "The truth of the e-mails were absolutely irrelevant to the piece, because all the story said was that people were worried. It's a story about human beings that are afraid of the draft. We did not say that this (e-mail) was true, it's just circulating. We are not verifying the e-mail."

Again, emphasis mine.

You got that? Even if your primary source is known to be false, it's still worth covering if there's a controversy. Well, I hope we'll soon see CBS covering some much more important stories, such as the fact that markings on the backs of highway signs (do a search on Serge Monast) are actually directions to UN Chinese troops (Google cache) in their black helicopters which will round us up and load us into white boxcars for transportation to concentration camps (handy state-by-state list).

NOTE: Not responsible for any computer or brain damage resulting from following any of those links.

If not, perhaps CBS will address the allegations made on some websites[*] that their senior staff, at least, are all Cthulhu worshippers, and in fact that CBS stands for Cthulhu Broadcasting System. There are also rumors circling[**] that CBS is a hotbed of autocoprophagia. The veracity of these allegations[+] will surely be considered irrelevant. The only criterion is whether they get people stirred up[++].

[*] This one.
[**] With any luck.
[+] I made 'em up, right here.
[++] Are you stirred yet?