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.
I'm not so sure it was a blunder. It may well have been deliberate. Or this conspiracy theory: Hillary's people provided these, knowing the fraud would be detected and some of the opprobrium would be attached to Kerry, ensuring his loss, so she can run in 2008. NAHHH!!! Too far fetched.
Protestors and organizers of the left say, when they encounter supporters of the right, "who sent you?" They truly do not envision spontaneous political activity.
But, Meek, poor Peter Jennings will feel so deserted...
Here in Democratic D.C. the Washington comPost has joined the negative chorus and Chris Core on WMAL Talk radio is proposing that Rather needs to resign (he has control over the stuff that goes out), the producer and the head news person also need to be fired.
That's thanks to you all. Congratulations for besting the supposed kingmakers.
Just for clarification: remember that times on FR are according to the time zone that you selected in your preferences. I posted at 7:19 PM Central Time. It may show up different if any of y'all pull up that post.
It shows like this on my computer:
107 posted on 09/08/2004 7:19:00 PM CDT by TankerKC (R.I.P. Spc Trevor A. Win'E American Hero)
The format of the date is wrong. One of the first things they taught us in the Army was about the 24 hour clock, and how we type the date as xx xxx xx, i.e., 04 Mar 72, NOT 4 Mar 1972. Those basic things stick with you, just like I remember that it was Specialist Steel who greeted us when our bus reached our basic training destination. (Say Specialst Steel three times real fast eh?)
Don't know if anyone else pointed this out here, for I haven't had time to read every post. Just another flaw in this "Military document" I wanted to mention.
You're right on with that but at the same time we must not give up our multiple years long prayers that our Lord put His ax to the root of the media force that takes our nation astray from Truth and the upright. That He will overturn it and expose it fully and make a mockery of the false.
Remind ourselves that media means film, print, aired, etc.
Agreed, for sure.
BUT once a person's credibility has been destroyed, all of their claims are dubious.
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