Quote the NYTimes:
"We now believe it would be inappropriate to air the report so close to the presidential election," the spokeswoman, Kelli Edwards, said in a statement."Well, that ought to show the critics. CBS is still the hard hitting, well researched outfit we have known for many years. Just not when it comes to the AWOL warrior. He must now officially be considered sacrosanct. mustn't ruffle His feathers. He can lie about Iraq, lie about tax cuts, lie about education, but now CBS says "no no no, mustn't touch." In other words, If the Bush lies by using known forged documents, and then the administration commits treason by "outing" a CIA agent, no biggie. If CBS doesn't fully vet their sources about Bush's well documented TANG frolic, then dismantle the entire organization and investigate! Investigate! Investigate!
"According to the Newsweek report, the "60 Minutes" segment was to have detailed how the administration relied on false documents ..."
Corrente and Kevin Drum seem to be first to post about this. Kevin's comment: "If this is the liberal media, conservatives can have it." really sums up the frustration many of us feel about this crap.
Joshua Micah Marshall has been bobbing and weaving about the Italian/Niger connection for quite some time, and has promised explosive revelations. I don't think he's delivered quite yet, so perhaps he can make good on the promise of THE BIG EXPOSE soon, so we can get this back into the news cycle. Meanwhile, he can provide the deepest background that I know of. Here's his latest.