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CBS Dumps a Controversial Producer

No it’s not who you think.

CBS News has fired the producer responsible for interrupting the last five minutes of a hit crime drama with a special report on the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, a network source said on Friday.

Word of the dismissal came a day after CBS apologized to viewers for breaking into “CSI: NY,” one of its top-rated shows, on Wednesday night.

That’s right. The network that can’t be bothered to investigate, much less fire, its own reporters for broadcasting a “news” report based on phony documents, can decide in less than 48 hours to fire a producer for interrupting a primetime TV show. In CBS’s mixed-up world, you’d better not report on legitimate news if it happens in primetime or risk losing your job. But as long as the news is “fake but accurate,” it’s fit to air in primetime.