Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Giant Hit as Chiefs Quit over Forged Bush Memos; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Giant Hit as Chiefs Quit over Forged Bush Memos; World at a Glance

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. AMERICAN news network CBS is reeling after four top executives were forced to quit over a "forged" report on George Bush.

The story, broadcast in September, claimed Bush received preferential treatment to get a position in the Texas Air National Guard in 1968.

It was also alleged that political pressure had been exerted to "sugarcoat" his record there.

However, the claims were based on memos that were forged.

The revelation prompted charges that CBS and news anchor Dan Rather were engaged in a partisan election campaign attack on the President. CBS defended the story, broadcast during its 60 Minutes Wednesday show, for 12 days - but then said it could not authenticate the documents and commissioned an independent report. But the report's panel this week claimed CBS News had failed to follow basic journalistic principles and offered a "rigid and blind" defence of the memos. Producer Josh Howard, his deputy Mary Murphy and vice president Betsy West have all been ousted. Broadcaster Mary Mapes has also quit. Rather has been allowed to stay - and plans to step down in March.

[pounds sterling]74m of terror assets are seized

. COUNTRIES around the world have seized or frozen [pounds sterling]74 million in assets belonging to 435 individuals and groups linked to the Taliban or al-Qaeda, a US Treasury official said today. Juan Zarate said efforts to cut terrorist funding were proving effective. "We think it is now harder, costlier and riskier for al-Qaeda to raise and move money," Zarate told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council committee.

"There's probably more out there that's been unreported," he added.

Zarate called the UN sanctions committee "one of the most potent bodies in the world in combating terrorist financing". "However, this must be the beginning, and not the end of our efforts," he said.

Show you love America ...with a fat-filled burger .

FAST-FOOD restaurants across the US are deliberately marketing meals full of calories and fat as "politically incorrect" and "patriotic". …

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