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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Extension of remarks: CBS backs off another president ...

New news. Not so new news. And old movies. Make more sense when you consider them all together.

My Sunday Tribune column was about how the latest CBS debacle, the withdrawn story about the attack at Benghazi, sounded like the CBS/Dan Rather withdrawn story about George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service, or the lack thereof. Which sounded like the classic movie, "Witness for the Prosecution."

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‘Witness for the Prosecution’ trickery can work in politics — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

"... I always thought that the real source of Rather’s discredited story was Karl Rove, or someone in his circle who had watched Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton play the same game in ‘Witness for the Prosecution.’

"You make up testimony that really seems to convict the murder suspect all by itself. Then you expose that testimony as a fraud. Then the jury, and everyone else, doesn’t believe any other evidence suggesting guilt. ..."

‘60 Minutes’ Airs Apology on Benghazi — The New York Times

"Lara Logan was scheduled to deliver a report on Sunday’s "60 Minutes" about disabled veterans who climb mountains. Instead, she appeared in front of the newsmagazine’s trademark black backdrop and issued an apology. ..."

‘60 Minutes’ must do more than apologize — Marvin Kalb | Politico

"... CBS News remains an immensely important resource, but it has now suffered an avoidable setback at a time when all of the media is under a cloud of doubt and suspicion. The network must regain the credibility it lost in Benghazi. It can, but it will take time."

Will Media Let 60 Minutes Off The Hook After Hollow "Correction"? — Media Matters for America

"... Logan’s slippery apology glosses over a key question that remains unanswered: why did 60 Minutes fail to inform its audience during the initial segment that its key eyewitness had told two contradictory accounts of what he did the night of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks? ..."

CBS Botches the "Benghazi" Apology — David Weigel | Slate

"... The liberal critics have their motives, sure, but in the meantime, if CBS doesn’t explain what went wrong, the latest "break" in the Benghazi story continues to wither. And that’s frustrating for the people who want to keep digging. "It appears to me as if they are trying to shoot the messenger here, rather than try to explain the total mishandling of this whole situation," John McCain told me for my story. ..."

‘Producer Fired for Rathergate Says Benghazi Story Pandered to Right Wing’ — The Atlantic Wire/Media Matters

7 Questions CBS Is Dodging on Its Bogus Benghazi Story — Kevin Drum | Mother Jones

‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Apology Leaves Key Questions Unanswered — Michael Calderone | The Huffington Post

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