As if CBS didn’t have enough problems, now they’re firing the wrong people.
When word that Yasser Arafat died hit the newsroom at CBS, a hot to trot producer immediately aired the news… The problem was, they did it during the last few minutes of CSI: NY. This ticked off many American viewers– Most didn’t think the news was worthy of a program interruption, and some of whom thought “Arafat” was a cooking oil substitute.
So, what does CBS do? They fired the news producer. Hey, at least the Arafat story was true. This producer should have had a fake story about Bush on the air, and he or she would have been lauded by their peers and still had a job, just like Rather.
Sooner or later, CBS will face the critical decision of whether or not to break in to primetime programming to report news of their own demise.