September 17, 2004
Here's the problem for CBS News as I see it.
The arrogance of the big broadcast networks has finally done them in.
Cable TV, especially FOX, and the Internet bloggers means the broadcasters are no longer the gatekeepers of information.
They no longer get to tell the rest of us what news is and put their own spin on it.
They are now dinosaurs.
You see this arrogance coming through in the statements from CBS News about those apparently fraudulent documents concerning President Bush's service in the National Guard.
After first stonewalling, CBS now says, "Ok, maybe they are fake, but the story about Bush getting special treatment and not showing up is true."
So, less than fifty days before the election, CBS News, which has been conducting this investigation for four years, dumps it on the public.
It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that the lefties at CBS don't want the president re-elected, could it?
It's sad to see a once great news organization destroy itself like this.
But the seeds of destruction were sown long ago.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.