Doubtless, someone else online will have the whole angry, ugly, purple and highly paranoid document, soon enough.
But until then, here are a few juicy excerpts:
“Conservative bloggers are part of the story. They have vilified me, mounted a “wilding” attack against me…we were, it seemed the first victims of a new kind of digital McCarthyism, which uses the same techniques as the old McCarthyism–rumors, slurs, false charges and ugly attacks–but now employs the Internet, talk radio and cable TV echo chamber to ricochet information around the world…meanwhile, the mainstream media…were happy to stoke the firewood on a competitor’s funeral pyre, repeating the conservative blogs, mischaracterizing events and not doing any real reporting of their own. Honestly, it hurt. It all hurt terribly….”
I’ll take you inside CBS as panic spread like mad cow disease during the initial blogging attacks, turning “60 Minutes Wednesday” into “Survivor,” where employees were pitted against each other to try to outwit, outmaneuver and outlast everyone else. In the end, we were all voted off the island except, of course, for the architect of the cruel game, Andrew Heyward…”
There is more, and some of it is downright explosive, but I’m not printing it here; your Anchoress doesn’t want that much heat. Suffice to say, Mapes is channeling Al Pacino in both Dog Day Afternoon and Scarface. She says, “say hello to my little friend, insider knowledge,” and then fires her Gatling gun at everyone from Julie Chen to Les Moonves to Dick Thornburgh. It is easy to imagine her pummeling her hands in the air screeching, “Attica! Attica! Attica!”
It’s stuff that makes you say, “OUCH, that’s gonna leave a mark!”
I read this and I can’t decide if I want to vomit, weep or laugh until my guts spew forth.
Journalists used to be my heroes.
Meanwhile, I DO love this take off on A Few Good Men.
UPDATE: Sigh. Scoops never last, anymore! See, the Daily News has it, too, and THEY will go where I would not go in this 16 page mess:
CBS President and Viacom Co-President Les Moonves, the husband of “Early Show” co-host Julie Chen: “Moonves demonstrated what has been joked about for years: that everything he knows about journalism has been sexually transmitted.”
(I SO wanted to include that, earlier!!!)
CBS News President Andrew Heyward: “The architect of the cruel game. … [When CBS News execs Betsy West and Josh Howard nearly caused Mapes to miss her deadline by injecting themselves in the notorious Guard story], they were there because Andrew didn’t want to be. Then, if something went wrong, he could blame them.” Later, Mapes claims in the proposal, Heyward visited the White House and “reportedly promised a high-ranking Bush adviser that the network would ‘do better.’”
Former CBS News Senior Vice President West: In the midst of the controversy, she accompanied Mapes and Rather to Dallas for a hostile interview with Bill Burkett, the source of the disputed documents. “Seeing [Burkett and wife Nicki] praying in a hotel room before the interview, [West] reports to all of us, ‘There is something very odd going on in there.’ ‘Betsy, welcome to Texas. They’re praying.’”
Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, co-chairman of the “Star Chamber,” as Mapes calls it, “seemed oddly fascinated with my use of the word ‘horse-.’ I am not making this up.”
You know what is REALLY embarrassing? Apparently this thing ran in the morning edition of the Daily News, and I never saw it! Nor, apparently, did my friend!
But, I can laugh at myself. I DID take the “exclusive” off my header! I dumb. My friend dumb. We both blushing!
BUT: I will take a bow for being the only one with the “wilding” quote, which is pre-tty dang inflammatory.
And I think it’s interesting as all get out that no one on the internet came across this before me, which means, I guess, that perhaps we simply aren’t looking to MSM print media very much at all. And THAT is interesting, in and of itself!
UPDATE II: Many are taking me to task for claiming that journalists used to be my heroes, but I’ll stand by it. There used to be lots of great ones…how about Gilbert Keith Chesterton? How about Mark Twain, A.J. Leibling, Ernest Hemingway, E.B.White, Lillian Ross, Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Charles Kuralt, or even up to the minute folks like the late Michael Kelly, the late David Bloom, John Burns, Laurie Goodstein, Peggy Noonan, John Allen…
There are still some to admire within the fourth estate. Unfortunately, their names do not roll so easily off the tongue as the Connies, the Dianes, the Paulas, the Brians and the…the Stones.
A flap of the cowl to the monk-in-exile (no site – he knows who he is) for contributing to much of the list of good ol’ journos!