A lot of discussion on the blogs of this topic. The generic reaction is that the report didn't go far enough, in that it avoided admitting that CBS was pursuing a goal of toppling the President.
, and La Shawn Barber
have lots of links. Powerline's analysis
tipped me to this bit in an email from freelance journalist Michael Smith to Mary Mapes, the CBS producer of the 60 Minutes Wednesday piece:
What if there was a person who might have some information that could possibly change the momentum of an election but we needed to get an ASAP book deal to help get us the information? What kinds of turnaround payment schedules are possible, keeping in mind that the book probably could not make it out until after the election.
Well, that makes it pretty obvious that the goal was to "change the momentum of an election".