Skip to comments.CBS'S BIG BLUNDER? (Credits Free Republic)
Posted on 09/09/2004 10:31:38 PM PDT by kattracksEdited on 09/09/2004 10:55:58 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
September 10, 2004 -- THE populist revolu tion against the so- called mainstream media continues. Yesterday, the citizen journalists who produce blogs on the Internet and their engaged readers engaged in the wholesale exposure of what appears to be a presidential-year dirty trick against George W. Bush. What the bloggers and their audiences did was call into profound question the authenticity of four documents proudly trumpeted by CBS News in a much-heralded investigative report on Wednesday night's edition of "60 Minutes" about the president's National Guard service in the early 1970s.
These were "previously unseen documents . . . obtained by '60 Minutes,' " the network bragged Wednesday night on its Web site. Their author, supposedly, was Bush's squadron commander, Jerry Killian, who died 20 years ago.
They "include a memorandum from May 1972," CBS reports, "where Killian writes that Lt. Bush called him to talk about 'how he can get out of coming to drill from now through November.' " A document dated "18 August 1973" complains that Killian is being asked to "sugar coat" Bush's record. "I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job," the document says.
Liberals went wild with glee about the story, especially after the onslaught on John Kerry's Vietnam record by his fellow Swift-boat veterans.
Kevin Drum, the most talented of the left-wing bloggers, wrote: "This story is a perfect demonstration of the difference between the Swift-boat controversy and the National Guard controversy. Both are tales from long ago and both are related to Vietnam, but . . . in the National Guard case, practically every new piece of documentary evidence provides additional confirmation that the charges against Bush are true."
[snip]The Minneapolis lawyers who run powerlineblog.com were on the case early. Two of the blog's readers directed their attention to a note left on an Internet bulletin board on the freerepublic.com Web site, the 47th posting on the topic there. Post No. 47 pointed out that there was something off about these documents from the 1970s: The spacing between the letters and the words was proportional, and only a few IBM electric typewriters could achieve that effect back then.
The democrats have been USING dead people for quite some time now, this is a new twist on the dead voters game they play.
That is a fantastic cartoon, says it all at a glance.
Look on the BRIGHT side,The Majors are finally and TOTALLY unmasking themselves!!!!!
What's more, Bush didn't allow himself to get baited. He had to know for an absolute fact this story wasn't true, but he let it run its course. The mark of an exceptional leader. Kerry would have been crying and moaning the entire time.
I'm so tired but SO wired, really need to "hit the hay"!....Such a GOOD day!
Don't forger TankerKC -- he saw something hinky about the documents right away, when watching 60 Minutes. And Howlin created the threads, including the first one analyzing the documentsm, and came up with good comments as well. Speaking of which, there were a lot of good comments by many freepers on all the threads. In fact, I didn't see a single thing mentioned by the professional document experts that wasn't first discussed by somebody on this board. Good work, everyone!
That didn't happen until they switched into CYA mode.
IMHO, their only real regrets were how badly the whole thing came across. They hadn't anticipated the public reaction that they got.
You among them, kiddo!
perhaps a new tagline... CBS Lied and the DNC Cried
Way to go Howlin!
We need to have a FR post "Hall Of Fame" Post 47 should be an inaugural member.
That was "Buckhead"
The starting thread
You Da Man.
You just undid about 20 million dollars worth of 527 attack ads with less then a penny of electricity.
Unlike the Swift Vets, I'm convinced these conveniently created new anti-National Guard 527s came right from the DNC. Is it too much to hope that an investigation into the forged memos will uncover that illegal connection?
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