The Media

CBS News kisses Bush’s ass

If you've ever had any doubt that the news media is really just a bunch of whores, Broadcasting and Cable Newsletter breaks this disturbing story:

Mr. Heyward Goes to Washington

By Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/2/2005 11:07:00 PM

Let the fence-mending begin. According to a Broadcasting & Cable source in Washington, D.C., CBS News president Andrew Heyward, along with Washington bureau chief Janet Leissner, recently met with White House communications director Dan Bartlett, in part to repair chilly relations with the Bush administration.

CBS News’ popularity at the White House—never high to begin with—plunged further in the wake of Dan Rather’s discredited 60 Minutes story on George Bush’s National Guard service.

An incentive for making nice is the impending report from the two-member panel investigating CBS's use of now-infamous documents for the 60 Minutes piece.

Heyward was “working overtime to convince Bartlett that neither CBS News nor Rather had a vendetta against the White House,” our source says, “and from here on out would do everything it could to be fair and balanced.” CBS declined to comment.

Are fair and balanced the new code words for sin of commission?