Jun 1, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT
As the last person alive who still believes that Lance Armstrong never took illegal performance enhancers, I wholeheartedly support Armstrong’s recent demand for an apology from 60 Minutes. I would have written on this earlier today, but I was busy getting out my monthly Flat Earth Society newsletter.
Armstrong of course was none-to-happy with the recent 60 Minutes investigation, in which Tyler Hamilton became the latest of his former teammates to accuse him of using improper PEDs. Armstrong’s lawyer today sent a letter of protest to CBS News Chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, following quotes last week from the head of Switzerland’s anti-doping laboratory, who denied that Armstrong had failed a doping test during the 2001 Tour de Suisse.
“In the cold light of morning your story was either extraordinarily shoddy, to the point of being reckless and unprofessional, or a vicious hit-and-run job,” lawyer Elliot Peters wrote. “In either case, a categorical on-air apology is required.”
Peters added that the show ignored evidence from Armstrong’s camp prior to the broadcast that the Swiss-related claims were false.
“What is particularly disturbing is that ’60 Minutes’ had access to the true facts, could easily have verified them, and apparently chose instead to broadcast untruths and then layer innuendo on top of the falsehoods,” Peters said.
CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Wednesday he was unable comment on the letter, but added about the “60 Minutes” report: “We consider this the most thorough investigation into doping in the sport of cycling ever done.”
Pete Rose approves.
At this point, of course, Armstrong is what you poker players refer to as “all in.” He’s been denying this for so long that, even if a video surfaced tomorrow of him actually being injected from a vial labeled “Real Steroids, Seriously”, he would still find a way to debunk it.
Meanwhile, Injecto Devil continues to fight the good fight.
Lance Armstrong’s lawyers demand apology from ’60 Minutes’ [Los Angeles Times]
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