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"We absolutely will not publish, that’s why we’re checking"

It’s a rare day when I take CBS’s side over Pow­er­line and Glenn but I have to say that CBS in gen­eral and Katy Con­rad in par­tic­u­lar did the right thing con­cern­ing the Koch/​Zimmerman non-​story.

You have a story that is start­ing to go around the net to the point where snoops is talk­ing about it, it is a meme that a rival net­work with the same audi­ence as you has already been sug­gest­ing and it is con­cern­ing a topic that has been front page national news, of course they are going to inquire.

I assume CBS looked for evi­dence out­side of just ask­ing Koch indus­tries and if they had found some actual meat to this story they would have run with it con­trast­ing it with the Koch denial after all peo­ple deny things they have been doing every day. (I actu­ally e-​mailed Katy Con­rad with some ques­tions along that line but I didn’t get a response).

This tells me that the edi­to­r­ial peo­ple at CBS (who I’m sure would have loved to run with this one) did what edi­tors and pro­duc­ers are sup­posed to do, check the facts and decide if there is a story or not. Indeed Katy Con­rad not only did not pub­lish but explic­itly stated so to the inter­ested party.

Now if they HAD run it after the email exchange with Koch indus­tries and had no fur­ther evi­dence that would have been wor­thy of out­rage, but that’s not what hap­pened here, per­haps CBS learned some­thing from Rather­gate after all.

Two final thoughts:

If Katy Con­rad had been an edi­tor at the Wash­ing­ton Post instead of a pro­ducer at CBS this morn­ing Eliz­a­beth Flock might still have a job today.

It’s a sad com­men­tary on the MSM when a reporter/​producer doing their job prop­erly at a major news net­work is a story worth writ­ing about.

Update: As a reporter long before he was a blog­ger Stacy McCain gets it:

Katy Con­rad did her job. If Ed Schultz is going to per­mit Karen Finney and Van Jones to lie about the Koch broth­ers on MSNBC, other news orga­ni­za­tions are oblig­ated to check out the facts, which Con­rad did, to her credit.

And being a good reporter he also sug­gests a story CBS could have run:

While Koch Indus­tries lawyer Mark Holden asked that CBS “not men­tion Koch in any way in your broad­cast,” per­haps it would have been even bet­ter if CBS had re-​focused its story on how MSNBC abets left-​wing liars engag­ing in polit­i­cally moti­vated slan­der against Koch.

He’s right but since both CBS and MSNBC work from the same cus­tomer base it might be too much to expect them to throw a punch in that direction.

It’s a rare day when I take CBS’s side over Powerline and Glenn but I have to say that CBS in general and Katy Conrad in particular did the right thing concerning the Koch/Zimmerman non-story.

You have a story that is starting to go around the net to the point where snoops is talking about it, it is a meme that a rival network with the same audience as you has already been suggesting and it is concerning a topic that has been front page national news, of course they are going to inquire.

I assume CBS looked for evidence outside of just asking Koch industries and if they had found some actual meat to this story they would have run with it contrasting it with the Koch denial after all people deny things they have been doing every day. (I actually e-mailed Katy Conrad with some questions along that line but I didn’t get a response).

This tells me that the editorial people at CBS (who I’m sure would have loved to run with this one) did what editors and producers are supposed to do, check the facts and decide if there is a story or not. Indeed Katy Conrad not only did not publish but explicitly stated so to the interested party.

Now if they HAD run it after the email exchange with Koch industries and had no further evidence that would have been worthy of outrage, but that’s not what happened here, perhaps CBS learned something from Rathergate after all.

Two final thoughts:

If Katy Conrad had been an editor at the Washington Post instead of a producer at CBS this morning Elizabeth Flock might still have a job today.

It’s a sad commentary on the MSM when a reporter/producer doing their job properly at a major news network is a story worth writing about.

Update: As a reporter long before he was a blogger Stacy McCain gets it:

Katy Conrad did her job. If Ed Schultz is going to permit Karen Finney and Van Jones to lie about the Koch brothers on MSNBC, other news organizations are obligated to check out the facts, which Conrad did, to her credit.

And being a good reporter he also suggests a story CBS could have run:

While Koch Industries lawyer Mark Holden asked that CBS “not mention Koch in any way in your broadcast,” perhaps it would have been even better if CBS had re-focused its story on how MSNBC abets left-wing liars engaging in politically motivated slander against Koch.

He’s right but since both CBS and MSNBC work from the same customer base it might be too much to expect them to throw a punch in that direction.