Jim Pinkerton does a good job of deconstructing Mapes
:But if CBS has learned a lesson, at least for the time being, Mapes, and her remaining facilitators in the MSM, have not. Now she is out with a book, for which she reportedly received a $250,000 advance -- an enormous sum that seems more like a gift to Mapes from the publisher, as opposed to a shrewd investment -- entitled Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. In addition, Vanity Fair showcased an excerpt in its December issue.
But I disagree with this part of the article:Since the White House had not challenged the authenticity of those devastating "memos" when it had the chance, it's quite possible that the bloggers saved the President from disaster and defeat in last year's presidential election.
In fact, had the story gone unchallenged, President Bush would not have been hurt, because nobody cares what he did 30 years ago. We know him now, and that's a whole lot more important to the voters. And before I get accused of blind partisanship, let me point out that this also applies to Hillary and to John Kerry. Any Republican who thinks that Hillary will be vulnerable because of her cattle futures trading and Whitewater, or that Kerry will fail because of the Swiftees in 2008, is deluding themselves. That stuff only matters when the candidate is trying to introduce themselves to the country.