Saturday, April 19, 2008

War in Iraq Actually Elaborate Radio Drama

CBS Issues Public Apology

New York, NY-
A somber apology was given this morning by CBS President, Leslie Moonves.

“We would like everyone to know that our intent was not to cause such panic. It is, and always has been, our duty to provide engaging, quality entertainment to the people of this great nation.”

The apology was regarding the long-running radio drama known to CBS employees as “The War in Iraq”. The series debuted in March of 2003. The story was immediately reported by other news outlets and many Americans believed it to be true.

“We thought that the drama had elements which were too outrageous to believe, such as an American President blatantly disobeying the will of Congress and the United Nations. We expected that the public would spot it as fiction,” Moonves explained his actions. “It was irresponsible of us, as a respected news outlet, and I apologize.”

The drama ran for over five years. It included stories of huge troop mobilization, liberation of the Iraqi people and an impossible “war on terror”, similar to the war on communism.

Portions of the story accepted as fact by the public included; the trial of Sadam Hussein, the alienation of the United States from other countries, and the re-election of George W. Bush.

Since making the public declaration, Moonves has promised to work tirelessly to “get America caught up on all of the things that we missed”.

News outlets across the country have criticized the “unethical” move, noting that a similar panic was caused by CBS Radio during the Orson Welles directed, “War of the Worlds” broadcast in 1938.