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Thursday, April 14, 2005
CBS: a persistent vegetative state. I'm beginning to agree with Rathergate triumphalists: remove CBS's feeding tube and put it out of its misery.

Last night's interview with Giuliana Sgrena was such a lax and negligent piece of work that there was no point to it at all. Why did Americans shoot and kill her liberator, Nicola Calipari? No answer except a weird shrug from a checkpoint apologist. Could it have been because Nicola was sitting next to her, the intended target?

No mention of Sgrena's reporting on the American use of
napalm, or the fact that unusual attacks on journalists are not exactly unusual anymore.

We expect this kind of laxity from the editors of the Wall Street Journal, who made the same error of context — the sin-of-omission hallmark of right-wing spin. But we don't expect such calculated misbehavior or routine incompetence from our ostensibly liberal or even remotely rational media.

Die, CBS, die. Die today.

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