The Powerline blog, appropriately, undertakes the definitive (if only preliminary) deconstruction and rebuttal of journalistic fraud Mary Mapes’s new revisionist history on the topic of last summer’s Dan Rather “fake but accurate” moment.
It was a signal moment for all of us…
UPDATE: Wow, everyone’s getting in on the nostalgia act! Says James Taranto:
The Washington Times’ Jennifer Harper ends a report on media Katrina missteps with a lovely quote:
The chaos in the wake of Katrina seemed to affect some reporters and editors, says Kelly McBride, who teaches ethics at the Poynter Institute, a journalism research and education center in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“You get so hung up as a reporter on what the big picture is that you use generalizations that become untrue.”
Meanwhile, Dan Rather stands by his story.