I love 'the Prowler'. It has the political lowdown on so much, and it's usually bang on. This whole document scandal is unreal. Like watching the Watergate scandal unfold in a 24 hour timeframe.
I'm soooo loving this. Makes the Colts loss tonight sting a bit less (though I love Brady and the Pats!).
Actually, it would be fun to have these traced back to the Kerry campaign and the DNC...
They are promoting Nightline now.
Wesley Clark, perhaps.....
Hugh Hewitt wondered how long they would take to blame Rove
The oppo researcher claimed the source was "a retired military officer."
More than 6 weeks ago -- opposition research staffer inside the DNC (not inside Kerry campaign) -- memos from a retired military officer.
Has the makings of a great whodunnit. That opposition research staffer, middleman, is the one I want to know first. Could have made up the story about getting docs from a retired military officer. So many cockroaches, watch 'em scatter.
Karl Rove, the Zelig of political conspiracy.
I can see them outting whoever gave them the documents, or if they don't, they will see that it leaks out.
> ... an opposition research staffer for the Democratic
> National Committee received documents ...
Nice trace-back so far.
> ... oppo researcher claimed the source was
> "a retired military officer."
As if a DNC staffer would know how to be sure.
Anyway, they had to assume that most ex-mil people
had no love for the DNC.
Warning klaxon #1.
> "... they ended up with the Kerry campaign, for
> them to decide to how to proceed, .."
Plenty of faces for all the egg, it would seem.
> "It wasn't clear that our source for the documents
> would have had access to them. Our person couldn't
> confirm from what file, from what original source
> they came from."
Warning klaxon #2.
> "I think people here weren't sure what to make of it,
> because provenance of these documents was uncertain."
I guess nobody actually LOOKED at them.
> A CBS producer ... says that despite seeking
> professional assurances that the documents were
> legitimate ...
What an odd sentence. Did they GET the assurance?
Warning klaxon #3.
> "The problem was we had one set of documents from
> Bush's file that had Killian calling Bush 'an
> exceptionally fine young officer and pilot.' And
> someone who Killian said 'performed in an outstanding
> manner.' Then you have these new documents and the
> tone and content are so different."
Warning klaxon #4.
> ... the signatures and initials of Killian on the
> documents in hand did not match up ...
Warning klaxon #5.
> "This was too hot not to push. ...
Ding. We have a winner.
> ... a smaller segment believe that both the DNC and
> the Kerry campaign were duped by Karl Rove, who would
> have engineered the flap to embarrass the opposition.
B.S. Even Rove would not think so many people could be
so stupid as to ignore the obvious problems with these
Folks, the DNC and the Kerry campaign are going to push
this phoney baloney "victim of hoax" and "entrapped by
dirty trick" line. Push back. They walked into this
with more than ample warning, eyes wide shut.
Rove must be a freaking genius. /sarcasm
I guess CBS never heard of something being to good to be true.
So the signatures don't match but they went ahead anyway. And they admit it. That makes them guilty of libel. If nothing else, this will be the last we hear of the Bush National Guard nonsense.
According to one ABC News employee, some reporters believe that the Kerry campaign as well as the DNC were parties in duping CBS, but a smaller segment believe that both the DNC and the Kerry campaign were duped by Karl Rove, who would have engineered the flap to embarrass the opposition.
The Kerry campaign issued suspected forgeries with no more providence than a staffer's say so?
Kerry's dead. Deader than yesterday.
Karl was at my house a month ago working on this ...
old media bump
Check it, dog. West side.
It really doesn't matter who produced the document. CBS as the Media-Who-Published should have checked it out better.
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Man, Karl is soooooo clever! He knew the DNC would suspect the fake Bush docs he typed up, but he also knew that Kerry would push them onto a media source. He knew, of course, that the MSM souce would question the authenticity of the docs, but he knew that they were too juicy for them not to make a prime time special out of. Are we talking strategery or what???