CBS News Urged to Confront Rather Scandal

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - A media watchdog group is calling on chief executives at CBS to follow the examples set by the Washington Post, CNN and the New York Times when dealing with scandal. CBS is embroiled in controversy over documents of questionable authenticity that cast a negative light on President Bush's National Guard service.

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, parent organization of, said Friday that the network should own up to wrongdoing and take action against the guilty parties "no matter how high it goes."

"When confronted with scandal all three of these news organizations admitted the wrongdoing and took definitive action against those responsible. CBS must do the same," Bozell said in a statement.

He said the Washington Post fired Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Janet Cooke for making up her award-winning story about a child addicted to drugs. CNN released reporter Peter Arnett for his false report on "Operation Tailwind," as well as the producers of the story. And the New York Times fired reporter Jayson Blair after it was discovered that he fabricated stories.

"These three scandals were twinkle-toes compared to an effort to smear the president and cost him the election," Bozell said.

"CBS is going 180 degrees in the opposite direction from these other establishment media organizations by not only refusing to own up to the fraud they have helped perpetrate, but by allowing it to continue by refusing to concede the wrongdoing," he added.

"To salvage any measure of the credibility they have left, CBS must provide a full accounting of how this happened, divulge the source behind this fraud and take definitive action against those responsible - no matter how high it goes," Bozell concluded.

See Earlier Stories:
Media Watchdog: Rather Using Clinton's Old 'Tactics' (Sept. 16, 2004)
House Republicans Want Retraction, Probe of CBS National Guard Story (Sept. 15, 2004)
CBS Defends '60 Minutes' Report and Documents (Sept. 10, 2004)

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