CBS News just doesn’t care any more

CBS News, "The Tiffany network," apparently can only afford one reporter to cover politics.

That is the only conclusion I can draw, based on the...

CBS News, "The Tiffany network," apparently can only afford one reporter to cover politics.

That is the only conclusion I can draw, based on the current uproar surrounding CBS correspondent Rita Braver's interview with Second Lady Lynne Cheney. The problem? Braver's husband, Bob Barnett, is Lynne Cheney's literary agent.

CBS: DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH? This is called a conflict of interest. CBS' position, articulated to its own version of an ombudsman, is that because Braver disclosed this connection, and even asked Cheney some questions that could be interpreted by very polite people as being somewhat more challenging than a kiss on the lips, this is no big deal. Even more stupidly, CBS argues that because Braver's husband represents many other political figures as well-- even liberals! even others that Braver has interviewed!-- their practice is fair and balanced.

Here's an idea: Braver can be married to powerful political peoples' agent, or she can interview them for CBS News, but not both. The network, once considered the premier bastion of ethical journalism, is blowing this episode in an incredibly disappointing way.

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