Rather & Co. violate basically all the rules of responsible journalism, and wind up swinging in the wind for it. And THEN, just to prove how full of crap they are, CBS runs a big story on the draft being snuck in. A big story based on a phony e-mail. And then defend themselves by saying that the fact the e-mail was phony doesn't count:
Producer Linda Karas: "The truth of the e-mails were absolutely irrelevant to the piece, because all the story said was that people were worried. It’s a story about human beings that are afraid of the draft. We did not say that this (e-mail) was true, it’s just circulating. We are not verifying the e-mail."
I'm new at this, but it was always my impression that JOURNALIST'S were supposed to care whether or not their story was true and their sources good.
Quote found at Instapundit.
Update: CBS and NBC did the fake draft e-mail story.