Lance Armstrong: 'Say You're Sorry!' '60 Minutes': 'No'
CBS' news hour program "60 Minutes" has gotten on the bad side of cyclist Lance Armstrong, and it doesn't look like they care, either.
A few weeks ago, "60 Minutes" aired an investigative story about Armstrong's alleged history of doping. Among the claims made by the story was that new evidence points to Armstrong having used illegal performance-enhancing substances during the Tour de Suisse in 2001.
Armstrong was having none of it. The cyclist has, in the past, come after people who accuse him of doping fairly aggressively, and this was no exception: Armstrong and his lawyers attempted to convince "60 Minutes" not to air the story at all (yeah, right), and when the CBS show did it anyway, Armstrong demanded an apology.
"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," Armstrong's lawyer Peters wrote in a statement. "In either case, a categorical on-air apology is required."
The answer that "60 Minutes" gave him is, in short, "Nope."
Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News, claims that the "60 Minutes" story is "accurate and fair," and has refused to offer an apology. In a statement, he noted that Armstrong and his lawyers had weeks to respond to the inquiries sent by the show, and the specific allegations were never addressed. That silence was interpreted as guilt.
"CBS's reporting on this subject has been replete with broken promises, false assurances and selective reliance on witnesses upon whom no reputable journalist would rely," said Armstrong.
So, the two have practically entered into a schoolyard argument of "Am not!" "Are too!"
Meanwhile, most of the world continues to not care about cycling anyway.
Update: This morning the AP reported that "The director of the Swiss anti-doping laboratory informed federal authorities last fall that Lance Armstrong's test results from the 2001 Tour de Suisse were 'suspicious' and 'consistent with EPO use.'"