CBS responded by attempting to whitewash the entire matter. Its general counsel replied that the network had received 476 comments on that 60 Minutes program and that half of them were positive. However, information supplied by CAMERA which monitors complaints by viewers told a very different story, stating the number of complaints was significantly higher. The organization Christians United for Israel (CUFI), had sent 29,602 emails within the first 24 hours of its “action alert” and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) had sent 3,000, not even counting those of CAMERA and other individuals not affiliated with any of the aforementioned organizations.
During the shareholder meeting, Greenwald read a statement reiterating the requests of CAMERA that CBS “go on the air and correct the calumny that Israel mistreats Christians” and stated that CBS “needs to broadcast a correction that distinguishes between the violence towards Christians in the Palestinian Authority controlled territories and the security enjoyed by Christians in Israel.” Greenwald then continued, “We have provided an attachment which gives a brief litany of the horrors being visited upon Christians by Muslims in Muslim countries which puts the ridiculous accusations against Israelin perspective.”
Many shareholders responded to statements by CAMERA members with applause. One individual thanked the CAMERA representatives and stated that she had been very upset by all the letters about the distorted 60 Minutes segment that were published in the newspaper, The Jewish Week. When the general counsel said Greenwald had to stop speaking because of time, several people called, out, “Let her talk, we want to hear what she has to say.”
When CAMERA board member Richard Allen said it was “too bad that CBS had decided to throw the Jews down the well,” Les Moonves, the president of CBS, responded that he was offended by that remark which he denied was true. Allen countered that he was “sure that Moonves was offended and he should be because it was true.” The chairman of CAMERA’s board, Robert Weisberg, then spoke and told Moonves that he should not be “so defensive” about criticism of 60 Minutes because the problems were eminently “solvable by the Board of CBS.”
Will CBS admit that its reporting was biased and offer a public correction? Not only have they not retracted the story but the head of CBS news, Jeffrey Fager wrote to CAMERA stating that CBS stands behind the story as fair reporting.
So much for accuracy and accountability at CBS.
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