We keep waiting for Karl Rove’s minions in the media world to give us a call and offer us a book contract on the inside story of “The Sixty-First Minute.” We figure he owes us after we so dutifully followed his orders and played our role in exposing the fraudulent 60 Minutes II story with which CBS sought to tip the campaign last fall.
No such luck for us. The key perpetrator of the fraud, however, has been a bit luckier. Scheduled for publication by St. Martin’s Press this November 8 is Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes, the producer of the 60 Minutes II segment. Amazon has posted the first chapter online. The book should be the perfect companion to Joseph Wilson’s The Politics of Truth for members of the alternate-reality-based community (apologies to Michelle Malkin).
Mapes returns with her “senior document analyst” Marcel Matley in tow. She celebrates the broadcast of her expose of the never-before-told misconduct of the incumbent president. She’s riding the wave of yet another professional triumph. Then a pall sets in:
All that changed about 11:00 a.m., when I first started hearing rumbles from some producers at CBS News that a handful of far right Web sites were saying that the documents had been forged.
I was incredulous. That couldn