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Moonves vs. CBS Three: Two down, one to go.

josh howard.jpgYou might not have noticed, now that Ken Auletta is focusing on Dan Rather this week (check out the audio, it’s worth the wait), but CBS prez Les Moonves’ housecleaning is quietly taking shape: Betsy West and Mary Murphy, who held out for the legal cavalry instead of taking the fall for the network’s Bush service record scandal, have left the building, CBS chose to confirm – on Oscar night, where two pissed-off interns would have been the only people to pick up that story.

This means that Moonves, who might have faced a raft of suits (and, one supposes, countersuits should he want to sue the suers for not leaving), will now only have to contend with the last of the Three – Josh Howard (see glum picture at left) – who still clings to his desk and refuses to leave, and who promises to be the hardest case to get rid of.

Advantage: Les, even if purging Howard will necessitate being nice to Martin Garbus. Very nice.

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