So this bitchslapping contest has been developing all day. Best if I just give you the dueling statements. CBS issued theirs tonight and it’s a doozie:

“Two weeks ago, CBS officials, in an effort of cooperation, contacted the WGA leadership and asked them to suspend the picketing for just a couple of hours on December 10 so the Democratic presidential debate could go on and the democratic process could be served.  Our request was met with silence. Their statement today clearly misrepresents our attempt to have a civil discourse with the Guild so that this event of national importance could proceed.”

That was in response to this WGA statement earlier today:

“The Writers Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America, West regret that the Democratic National Committee has had to cancel the December 10th Presidential Debate hosted by CBS. This was triggered by CBS’ fear that the Democratic candidates would not cross a picket line by WGA-CBS News writers or WGA Film and TV writers to participate in the debate – a concern that could have been avoided entirely if CBS would simply sit down and negotiate a fair contract for its news and entertainment employees. Instead, CBS chose to make a decision that stifles the democratic process.”

  1. Democrats Cancel Debate At Picketed CBS
  2. CBS Writers Considering Dec 10th Strike To Disrupt Network’s Presidential Debate
  3. CBS News Writers Authorize Strike Call
  4. CBS News Writers Tell Strike Vote Monday