Little publicized in the "Memogate" mediastorm is CBS producer Mary Mapes response to the independent panel report that precipitated her firing. In it, Mapes presents an honorable defense of her journalism at "60 Minutes" and suggests that the higher ups at CBS may have colluded with the authors of the report to engineer her demise. She points out that "the panel did not conclude that these documents are false. . . all that the panel did conclude was that there were many red flags that counseled against going to air quickly." And Mapes had nothing to do with deciding when to air the "60 Minutes" story. That was a decision made by her superiors, including CBS News President Andrew Heyward, one of the survivors of this week's purge.
UPDATE: The three staffers who CBS asked to resign -- executive producer Josh Howard, his top deputy Mary Murphy, and CBS News senior vice president Betsy West -- have declined to actually tender their resignations. Meanwhile, top executive Andrew Heyward takes heat for not taking more heat.