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May 18, 2005

60 Minutes II Cancelled

But it had nothing to do with Rathergate:

CBS said Wednesday it is cancelling the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," insisting the decision was made because of poor ratings and not last fall's ill-fated story about President Bush's military service.

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"This was a ratings call, not a content call," Moonves said Wednesday.

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Moonves said that story didn't figure in the decision to cancel it, "not even slightly."

I'm sure it was mostly about ratings. A show that was getting decent ratings could stay on the air no matter how egregiously deceptive its reportage.

Hell, Keith Olbermann remains on the air and his ratings are only slightly better than Fox's short-lived series, The World's Safest and Most Conscientious Drivers. Which was basically just an hour of people executing perfect parallel-parking and following the next car at a vert-safe five car lengths.

But not even "slightly" about Rathergate? Even indirectly so, in that Rathergate could not have helped the show's ratings, right?

Your Liberal Media

You'll believe anything we say. Because you're fucking stupid.


Thanks to The Wardrobe Door, who also pans Bill Gates' plan to install Windows into "SmartPhones" that can play music. I'm not the Apple fan Wardrobe Door seems to be, but I do worry about having my phone rely on Microsoft's unreliable operating system.

Whoops! Forgot to Mention This! I cut this out of the article, because I wanted to deal with it out-of-order-- you know, after making the main point.

But for those of you who think Dan Rather is gone... well, he's not quite gone yet. From the bit I meant to quote but forgot to:

Dan Rather, the newsmagazine's lead correspondent, will contribute stories to the Sunday edition of "60 Minutes," said CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves.

I have a feeling he'll be doing stuff like "Looking for America" where he samples Iowa's best rhubarb pies and that sort of Charles Osgood crap.



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