Saturday, May 14, 2005

Did CBS Do It Again?

CBS ran a news story this week claiming that Ken Starr said in an interview with Gloria Borger that the Republican effort to end the Democrat filibuster of judicial nominees was "a radical, radical departure from our history and from our traditions, and it amounts to an assault on the judicial branch of government". However, Starr has since said that he was referring to the filibuster itself and not the effort to end the filibuster. According to Starr,
The 'radical departure' snippet was specifically addressed -- although this is not evidenced whatever from the clip -- to the practice of invoking judicial philosophy as a grounds for voting against a qualified nominee of integrity and experience. ... I did indeed suggest, and have suggested elsewhere, that caution and prudence be exercised (Burkean that I am) in shifting/modifying rules (that's the second snippet), but I likewise made clear that the 'filibuster' represents an entirely new use (and misuse) of a venerable tradition....


Starr requested that CBS release its video tape for his review, but CBS refuses. Letting everyone see the video tape of the 20-minute interview would clarify exactly what Starr said and what the context was. CBS's refusal to release the video tape leads reasonable people to conclude that CBS has pulled another "Rather".

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