... but then I have been accused of being simplistic once or twice in the past, it's true. CJR takes a slightly more nuanced look at how CBS should have handled the Reagan affair.
CBS made three mistakes in its handling of "The Reagans":
Its first mistake was to produce an entertainment series that focused on President Reagan's personal life while he is suffering from serious illness and being cared for by his wife. That's called bad taste.
Its second mistake was to succumb to outside pressure by abruptly canceling the series and putting it on Showtime, its more restricted cable network. That's called setting a terrible precedent.
CBS's third mistake was to deny that it had caved in to outside pressure and claim it was a "moral call." That's called misleading.
I'm sure TMFTML could come up with a hilarious fourth, fifth and sixth mistake, but I just don't have that kinda energy right now, ya know?