Congratulations to CBS Evening News for running a story Wednesday night about the character of the presidential candidates, in this case trustworthiness and lying. Too bad CBS tainted the story by telling a bias-inspired lie of its own.
Couric cited or played clips of a number of famous lies by candidates:
Democrat Hillary Clinton on
The only clear examples of outright lies CBS could find during the current campaign were served up by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Rather than leave the impression that the Democrats have a corner on lying, Couric bent over backwards to depict current GOP presidential candidate John McCain as a liar as well.
Couric said, “John McCain's rhetoric doesn't always pass the smell test, either,” and played a clip of McCain assessing the possible outcome of a premature
McCain: It's called al Qaeda in
No obvious lie here, so Couric brought in an “expert” to explain why McCain was “exaggerating.” The expert? TIME Magazine political columnist Joe Klein!
Klein: John McCain doesn't need to exaggerate his biography. It's a spectacular biography. But he does exaggerate the threat of al Qaeda in
Can't Katie Couric distinguish between a prediction and a deliberate whopper told to make oneself more appealing to voters?
Couric's choice of Klein to establish McCain as a liar is exceptionally ironic. Klein, one of the most partisan liberals in the press corps, has no military or foreign policy expertise, but he does have extensive experience in covering up lies by Democratic presidential candidates.
As a campaign reporter for Newsweek in 1992, Klein rode with Bill Clinton's campaign, and neglected to report on
Klein also appeared in the movie Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry, a desperate attempt to defend the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate's highly imaginative rendition of his Vietnam War exploits that were exposed by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Even Klein's assessment of
For CBS to use Klein as an expert character witness shows a lack of … judgment.