The Right's Double Standard On The Press
The accusations of the Swift Boat Vets for Character Assasination had far more holes in them, as they contradicted the testimony of eye witnesses, the military record, and even their own prior statements. Despite this, the right wing media reported them as fact.
CBS admitted their mistake, but we are once again seeing a double standard from the right.
Fox News and the rest of the right wing media regularly distorts the news, and there is no doubt this is intentional. Right wing beliefs are regularly reported as fact, and the John Kerry they report is quite different from the real one.
Surveys verify that viewers of Fox News are much more likely to believe that Saddam had WMD and ties to al Qaeda. Or as Al Franken put it, "the more you watch Fox, the dumber you get."
Forged memos aren't even the first incidence of faked hard evidence. We've seen the faked pictures of Kerry next to Jane Fonda. Where was the outrange on the right in response to this?
We've seen both the Swift Boat Vets for Character Assasination and the Bush campaign itself take video clips and alter them to make a point (with Kerry's Vietnam testimony and interview with Chris Matthews respectively).
CBS made a mistake. I'm far more worried about all the distortions of news which are intentional.