Irony by the pound

This is rich:

CBS News Draws Ire of Bloggers

The handling of documents appears to have tripped up CBS News again, and once more bloggers have provided instant – and biting – critiques of the incident.

After an independent panel published its findings on the use of unverified documents relating to President Bush’s National Guard duty on “60 Minutes Wednesday,” the entire 234-page report was made available on the CBS News Web site and that of the law firm hired to handle the inquiry, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. But several Web sites noted that the posting of the report had been altered two days after it was placed on the Web page.

“I’d written a couple of pieces on the document earlier in the week,” said Ernest Miller, a fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School who writes a popular blog on Internet law ( “Then I noticed that I couldn’t copy and paste from the report as I did in days past.”

With the help of Seth Finkelstein, a programmer and fellow blogger (, Mr. Miller found that the document’s encryption settings had been changed and, as a result, the text could not be copied. Anyone who downloaded the panel’s report from either the CBS News servers or those of the law firm would have to retype any passages they wished to include in, say, an e-mail message or a blog post. …

According to Linda Mason, a CBS News executive who served as a liaison between the network and the independent panel, an attorney from the law firm called her on Wednesday and asked that the digital restrictions be made – including the prevention of copying and pasting. The fear, it seems, was that an enterprising ne’er-do-well could copy the text into a new document and begin circulating a faked version of the report.

Well- If it the faked version said there was political bias at CBS and that the memos were found to be forgeries, we’d finally have that “fake but accurate” document we’ve heard so much about.

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