'Fake news' before we called it 'fake news'

We remember September 2004 and one of the biggest media blunders in recent memory. During the 2004 election, CBS broke a story about George W. Bush's military service.  Eventually, the network had to retract it and apologize: CBS television issued a humbling apology yesterday for a report on an investigative programme, saying that its story claiming that George Bush had been given special treatment during his stint in the Texas air national guard was deeply flawed and should not have gone on air. It abruptly changed course after days of expressing confidence in the report on 60 Minutes, which relied heavily on four memos purportedly written by a now dead commander in the guard to show that Mr Bush received special treatment during his military service. "Based on what we now know, CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report," a statement by the...(Read Full Post)
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