Bob Schieffer Says I Didn't Betray Katie Couric, Says Media Not to Blame for Iraq

May 7th, 2007 6:00 PM

Former CBS Evening News anchor Bob Schieffer told Columbus Dispatch writer Tim Feran that the gossip was untrue that he was trashing Katie Couric in the press. "I was not the source for that story, period. I had nothing to do with it...and I don't know who did." Schieffer also took exception to the Bill Moyers theory that the national media were enablers to President Bush's runup to war in Iraq.

Q: In his recent PBS report about the run-up to the Iraq war, Bill Moyers said: "The press has yet to come to terms with its role in enabling the Bush administration to go to war on false pretenses." Do you agree?

A: I don't think we enabled them to go to war, although there's no question we should have asked harder questions. But I think the Democrats should have asked harder questions, the CIA should have asked harder questions, the people within the administration should have asked harder questions. Somewhere along the way, the decision to go into Iraq somehow became the fault of the press.

Schieffer came down against media outlets giving up on dinner events with the politicians in power, and then no doubt really frustrated the purists by saying he and White House spokesman Tony Snow will have a battle of the bands at the National Press Club. (Hat tip: Romenesko