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.
What a day it has been....post 47 eh...
His name is Sandy Berger, former clinton advisor, and he was on Kerry's campaign staff until the zipper came off that national archives theft story...
Thank you, I was wondering if that had been posted.
Readers Tom Mortensen and Liz MacDougald direct us to the FreeRepublic post and thread (see post no. 47) to this effect:
To Dan, the posse at CBS and all media:
Hate to break the news but Kerry is in a tailspin. He's not going to keep his senate seat. Remember Dukakis? Remember Mondale? Uncle Teddy does. Have you seen or heard from Teddy lately? Take a que from ole Uncle Teddy and stay far away from Kerry.
Save yourselves further embarrassment right now. Blame someone for the mix up. Blame a Kerry operative for the false information and some intern for not vettiing the story properly!
They are working on this as we type.
My wife is about to throw something at me if I say one more, "I saw that story three days ago on the FR. And here's the additional points not covered by the MSM."
That was Catspaw.....who fingered Bin Laden in like the first 10 minutes.
Why would anyone put a speculation in a memo: "but think he's also talking to someone upstairs" and it is a totally disconnected thought from the preceeding portion of the sentence.
Still think the Dem media will just kill the story and go on to its next Bash-Bush item.
I'd bet the forger is a male, dis-affected, DU type that was born after 1978. (if anyone wants to start a pool)
This is great news coming from the Post. Thank you Freepers who did their homework to expose this unbelievable and desperate lie of CBS (AKA pimps of the DNC)
I think you're right, sinkspur. It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.
BUMP to you cuz!
It must further gall them that Fox News bested them three days in a row during the Republican Convention. I hope they can see the writing on the wall.
Thank you for your diligence!
Semper Fidelis, Semper Paratus
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