Rathergate Related Complaint Against Kerry, CBS Dismissed

The claim by the Center for Individual Freedom that the Kerry Campaign was involved in Rathergate has been thrown out by the FEC.

Election officials have thrown out a complaint against John Kerry’s presidential campaign and CBS over a now-discredited story that questioned President Bush’s National Guard service.

The Federal Election Commission, in a 6-0 ruling, said there was no reason to believe the allegations raised by the Center for Individual Freedom over the story that aired on CBS’ “60 Minutes Wednesday” in September.

The decision disclosed this week was apparently reached unanimously due to press exemption protection.

The FEC vote, taken last month, was disclosed this week in a statement by the commission’s three Republican members explaining why they joined the FEC’s three Democrats in rejecting the complaint.

The GOP commissioners – Michael Toner, Bradley Smith and David Mason – wrote that they believe the CBS story is protected by the media’s exemption from campaign finance laws.

“It is not for this agency to determine what is a ‘legitimate news story’ or who is a ‘responsible journalist,'” the three wrote.

“Allegations of coordination are of no import when applying the press exemption,” they said. “What a press entity says in broadcasts, news stories and editorials is absolutely protected under the press exemption.”

Perhaps CBS will re-think the firing of those involved…

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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