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CBS'S BIG BLUNDER? (Credits Free Republic)
New York Post ^ | 9/10/04 | JOHN PODHORETZ

Posted on 09/09/2004 10:31:38 PM PDT by kattracks

Edited 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 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 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.


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To: hoosiermama

The democrats have been USING dead people for quite some time now, this is a new twist on the dead voters game they play.

181 posted on 09/09/2004 11:33:00 PM PDT by Army Girl
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That is a fantastic cartoon, says it all at a glance.

182 posted on 09/09/2004 11:34:04 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Speartip

Look on the BRIGHT side,The Majors are finally and TOTALLY unmasking themselves!!!!!

183 posted on 09/09/2004 11:35:03 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: kattracks

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.

184 posted on 09/09/2004 11:36:06 PM PDT by Casloy (qs)
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To: Army Girl
Only difference is that with the Internet the family of the deceased are made aware of the misuse and are able to correct the problem......

I'm so tired but SO wired, really need to "hit the hay"!....Such a GOOD day!

185 posted on 09/09/2004 11:36:53 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Bush Democrats = Zell's Angels)
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Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry

186 posted on 09/09/2004 11:37:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: nutmeg; Buckhead; Howlin; TankerKC
I second that nomination! Buckhead... Mega-KUDOS for your fine work. :-)

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!

187 posted on 09/09/2004 11:38:39 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: Political Junkie Too
I thought there were regrets afterwards. I thought they didn't expect it to become what it had become.

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.

188 posted on 09/09/2004 11:39:38 PM PDT by Bob
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To: NYCVirago

You among them, kiddo!

189 posted on 09/09/2004 11:42:33 PM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: Howlin

perhaps a new tagline... CBS Lied and the DNC Cried

190 posted on 09/09/2004 11:48:35 PM PDT by politicalwit
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To: politicalwit
How about "W stands for Word Processor!"


191 posted on 09/09/2004 11:51:43 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Howlin

Way to go Howlin!

192 posted on 09/09/2004 11:53:27 PM PDT by SupplySider
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To: spyone; Buckhead; Howlin; TankerKC
Haven't seen poor Buckhead all day...wonder if he/she knows what's happened today?

Oh, he know. He knows.

Buckhead, come on in here, Lots of folks want to get to know you.

And you too, Howlin.

TankerKC, where ya been?
193 posted on 09/09/2004 11:54:26 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko (Oh, and Dick Cheney too.)
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To: kattracks

We need to have a FR post "Hall Of Fame" Post 47 should be an inaugural member.

194 posted on 09/09/2004 11:55:27 PM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Jenya
How did this wonderful post #47 get to the attention of the media?

I don't know how it got to (I think I know), but The sixty-first minute mentioned it in the blogosphere, and was first, AFAIK. Once it got released into the wild, other bloggers picked it up.
195 posted on 09/09/2004 11:59:45 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko (Oh, and Dick Cheney too.)
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To: Carling
Who was post 47? Howlin?

That was "Buckhead"

The starting thread

196 posted on 09/10/2004 12:00:54 AM PDT by tophat9000 ("Karma Sutra Kerry"... he's got 101 positions on any issue but in the end your just F....ed!)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Now we need to find a way to add the word "Selectrix" to it.

Selectri-Gate was a candidate for a while, but the Selectric didn't seem to have the capability to do the proportional fonts, much less the kerning, so it didn't take off.
197 posted on 09/10/2004 12:02:01 AM PDT by Mike Fieschko (Oh, and Dick Cheney too.)
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To: Howlin

You Da Man.
You just undid about 20 million dollars worth of 527 attack ads with less then a penny of electricity.

198 posted on 09/10/2004 12:03:01 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Mike Fieschko
Tomorrow they'll all be talking about "Font-Gate."


199 posted on 09/10/2004 12:07:43 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Kozak

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?

200 posted on 09/10/2004 12:09:48 AM PDT by SupplySider
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