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Edward Murrow
What in God's name has happened to CBS?

Mere months after airing a completely fabricated 60 Minutes segment on Benghazi, the once proud network is now spreading right wing lies about Obamacare and slobbering over video of Justin Bieber taking a piss test.

Last fall 58 CBS affiliates aired a piece about a Virginia Beach woman suffering from kidney cancer who was losing her health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

You can see that clip (which has since been removed from CBS servers) below:

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The piece is bookended by footage of Debra Fishericks crying while looking at a picture of her grandson, has her boss saying she had to terminate her pre-ACA insurance because it didn't meet Obamacare requirements, says she "is battling kidney cancer," and includes audio of her saying that she is unable to afford the new premiums and that "They just keep going up higher and higher when there is a pre-existing condition."

The only problem(s)?  

Under the Affordable Care Act, it's illegal for an insurer to charge someone more due to a preexisting condition.

Oh, and Debra Fishericks doesn't have cancer either.

When Truth-Out reporter Maggie Mahar spoke with Fishericks, the Virginia Beach woman said she had had a cancerous mass removed from her kidney in 2009.  But the cancer has not returned.

She also indicated that she had found affordable insurance plans and was considering going on her husband's insurance--far from the "thrown to the wolves" sob story being peddled by CBS.

When Mahar contacted CBS's Washington bureau with her concerns over the misleading piece, she was alternately stonewalled, lied to, and hung up on by a variety of CBS employees.

Eventually a producer at CBS told Mahar that they would be removing the story from the CBS website as well as from the server that feeds stories to affiliates.

But they refused to issue a retraction.

As if dispensing Tea Party Koolaid wasn't bad enough, CBS went full paparazzi this week as well, convincing a judge in Miami Beach to release video of Justin Bieber urinating into a cup following his arrest for drag racing his Lamborghini there.

The judge did order that the video be edited for privacy with a black box placed over the pop star's junk.

How far has this network fallen from the glory days when Edward Murrow helped create a national backlash against Joseph McCarthy with his amazing "See it Now" in 1954:

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No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as between the internal and the external threats of Communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men -- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn't create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it -- and rather successfully. Cassius was right. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."

From toppling a bullying senator to breathlessly watching teenage boys pee.  CBS has sunk to the absolute bottom of the barrel.

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