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Rather Spoke at Democratic Fundraiser
Washington Post ^ | April 4, 2001 | Kurtz

Posted on 09/16/2004 1:29:37 PM PDT by Mighty_Quinn

Wednesday, April 4, 2001; Page A01

Dan Rather, the longest-serving and most outspoken of the major network news anchors, recently served as the star attraction at a Democratic Party fundraiser.

Donors paid as much as $1,000 for a private evening in Austin with the CBS newsman, according to an invitation obtained by The Washington Post. Rather's appearance at the March 21 gathering generated about $20,000 for the Travis County Democratic Party -- and will undoubtedly provide ammunition to critics who have long accused Rather of leaning to the left...Other hosts included Scott Ozmun, the county Democratic chairman, and Robin Rather, the anchor's daughter and a Texas environmentalist and marketing executive.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 60minutes; cbs; memo; rather
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To: ARCADIA

"perspective" s/b prospective

Man, I need more caffine.... :-)


51 posted on 09/16/2004 1:54:30 PM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: stockpirate

New guy here. :)

I don't think he made the documents either although I do think he was probably a go between. I think the place to look for the DNC connection is in San Antonio.
Also does anyone out there know anything about Brigadier General Tom Daniels (ret)? He's listed as a member of the Nationl Vetrans for Kerry-Edwards Steering comittee.

http://www.johnkerry.com/communities/veterans/steeringcommittee.html


52 posted on 09/16/2004 1:55:13 PM PDT by whershey
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To: Howlin

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1218004/posts

THE DEMOCRATIC VIRTUAL MACHINE OF TEXAS
Various | September 16, 2004 | PretzeLogic


53 posted on 09/16/2004 1:55:35 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: Mighty_Quinn

Actually, CBS probably has hired that guy that did that show "Crossing Over" who has been communicating with Killian.

I expect the next Act to be Drather having him doing a "Crossing Over" next week. This has become a reality show.


54 posted on 09/16/2004 1:56:06 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Mighty_Quinn

55 posted on 09/16/2004 1:56:12 PM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: Mighty_Quinn

Good summary. The cleanest I have seen.


56 posted on 09/16/2004 1:56:34 PM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Do NOT buy from junk email.)
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To: Howlin; Mighty_Quinn

Ben Barnes is on the Finance Council of the Travis County Democratic Party

http://www.traviscountydemocrats.org/financecouncil.php?TCDP_Session=3b4da07baec1fc48156ed9472aa8e822


I also saw something recently that said he was a Director of the Travis County Dem Party in the past, but can't find it now, grrrr...


57 posted on 09/16/2004 1:56:45 PM PDT by Tamzee (Ted Koppel --- "....the media will need a stepstool to rise to the level of used car salesmen.")
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To: Mighty_Quinn

If Dan Rather's daughter is THE source of the phony
documents, this would go far in explaining why
Rather keeps silent on his source.
Something stinks to high heaven here.

Good work Mighty Quinn!


58 posted on 09/16/2004 1:56:57 PM PDT by Duffboy
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To: mcg1969

I think I read in a bio on VanOs (Burkett's lawyer) that he is in San Antonio. And I believe San Antonio is only about an hr from Austin. That's just next door in Texas.


59 posted on 09/16/2004 1:56:56 PM PDT by Americantoo
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To: Mighty_Quinn

Was Burkett's attorney- Van Os- present at this Robin Rather-hosted fundraiser?

I still supect Burkett's attorney, Van Os, an ambitious democrat activist with aspirations for Texas Supreme Court-is the missing link. Who is paying his fees?


60 posted on 09/16/2004 1:57:10 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Mighty_Quinn

bump


61 posted on 09/16/2004 1:58:21 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: mcg1969

I think the evidence is there, circumstantial, yes, but evidence, none the less. There is other evidence as well, the DNC is running Internet ads using this information. Rumor is, also, that these "memos" had been floating around the Kerry/DNC offices for months before they were passed to SeeBS. Now we just need to find someone who saw these memos at one of these 2 sites and we'll have all the evidence we need.


62 posted on 09/16/2004 1:58:44 PM PDT by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,...for without victory there is no survival. -Churchill)
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To: Mighty_Quinn
It is rumored that Blather may still own a home in Austin. I wonder if there is a way to find out. Anybody?


63 posted on 09/16/2004 1:59:13 PM PDT by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
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To: Mighty_Quinn

If Dan Rather's daughter is THE source of the phony
documents, this would go far in explaining why
Rather keeps silent on his source.
Something stinks to high heaven here.

Good work Mighty Quinn!


64 posted on 09/16/2004 2:00:48 PM PDT by Duffboy
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To: Mighty_Quinn

With the political sophistication of someone plugged into CBS's - Dan Rather- and with the sophistication to access all of the Texas Democrat powerbase - why would someone go to a Kinkos in Abilene,TExas to fax CBS in New Yort City -
unless it was to obfuscate the identity of that person? I have a fax machine in my home - and probably so do you. So does most buisnesses. Why?
By the way- can you access Dan Rather and get a response from him? I doubt it.


65 posted on 09/16/2004 2:01:02 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Texas Songwriter)
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To: Mighty_Quinn

With the political sophistication of someone plugged into CBS's - Dan Rather- and with the sophistication to access all of the Texas Democrat powerbase - why would someone go to a Kinkos in Abilene,TExas to fax CBS in New Yort City -
unless it was to obfuscate the identity of that person? I have a fax machine in my home - and probably so do you. So does most buisnesses. Why?
By the way- can you access Dan Rather and get a response from him? I doubt it.


66 posted on 09/16/2004 2:01:53 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Texas Songwriter)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

You'd think at least SOME of the MSM (based in NYC, DC, etc.) would look at sKerry and think, "Holy crap, do I really want this dweeb to be the only man standing between the Islamofacists and possible WMD attack on my hometown?".

I mean just damn, it's the big city folks who really have the most to lose in this thing.


67 posted on 09/16/2004 2:02:45 PM PDT by Hard Way (Razor nothin'. I'm firing up Occam's Chain Saw)
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To: Mighty_Quinn

GREAT Undercover work! Everyone please forward this to Drudge to all the media outlets...this is BIG news!!!! Great Synopsis!!!


68 posted on 09/16/2004 2:03:03 PM PDT by IndianPrincessOK (Native American pleading for Truth!)
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To: Mighty_Quinn

With the political sophistication of someone plugged into CBS's - Dan Rather- and with the sophistication to access all of the Texas Democrat powerbase - why would someone go to a Kinkos in Abilene,TExas to fax CBS in New Yort City -
unless it was to obfuscate the identity of that person? I have a fax machine in my home - and probably so do you. So does most buisnesses. Why?
By the way- can you access Dan Rather and get a response from him? I doubt it.


69 posted on 09/16/2004 2:03:12 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Texas Songwriter)
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To: IGOTMINE
The internet is the most empowering tool invented since Sam Colt created the revolver.

Thanks, Al Gore!!

70 posted on 09/16/2004 2:03:38 PM PDT by AB AB AB (Dan Rather: "I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.")
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To: Mighty_Quinn

With the political sophistication of someone plugged into CBS's - Dan Rather- and with the sophistication to access all of the Texas Democrat powerbase - why would someone go to a Kinkos in Abilene,TExas to fax CBS in New Yort City -
unless it was to obfuscate the identity of that person? I have a fax machine in my home - and probably so do you. So does most buisnesses. Why?
By the way- can you access Dan Rather and get a response from him? I doubt it.


71 posted on 09/16/2004 2:03:59 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Texas Songwriter)
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To: unixfox

I found a Dan and Jean Rather who own a house at:
719 CUTLASS LAKEWAY, TX 78734-4316

I am not sure what difference that makes. Rather is a Texan from Travis County, his daughter is a Democratic Party activist in Travis County, and Rather spoke at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Travis County. His roots in the Democratic Party in Texas are deep.


72 posted on 09/16/2004 2:04:12 PM PDT by Tom Jefferson
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To: Howlin

Nice compilation of articles, but I must be missing something here - what is the connection? The only common terms are "Texas" and "Democrats".

This is as tenuous as the NYT chart tying the SwiftVets to the President. Except in their case, the only common terms were "Texas" and Republican.

You've compiled some great resources, but extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Nothing you've posted refutes the simplest explanation: Bill Burkett simply fabricated the documents himself to bolster a story he had been trying to peddle for years.


73 posted on 09/16/2004 2:05:18 PM PDT by LSU Engineer
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To: mcg1969
To someone trying to cover their backside, a drive of 4.5 hours is nothing! I live in Oklahoma, and in the great Southwest you get used to driving long distances. You just hop in your caddie (a la LBJ) and burn up the pavement!

If this office is like every other campaign/party office, they probably have volunteers from all over the state. You would just send the documents home with the person who drives the farthest.
74 posted on 09/16/2004 2:06:30 PM PDT by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,...for without victory there is no survival. -Churchill)
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To: SuperSonic
Rather's appearance at the March 21 gathering generated about $20,000 for the Travis County Democratic Party... So 20 something people showed up to meet Dan Rather. I'm impressed. (/sarcasm)

Would Rather have made a special trip to Texas for just a small fundraiser? Or was there a spur-of-the-moment fundraiser held because Rather was going to be there ANYWAY on other business? Like meeting with the memo forger?

75 posted on 09/16/2004 2:08:15 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (That which does not kill me had better be able to run away damn fast.)
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To: Hard Way

You are right. I can't believe that any sane Jew, Black, Woman, Gay, Lesbian, Christian would even think about voting for John Kerry. The Muslim terrorists hate all of these folks and will eliminate them the first chance they get. Voting for John Kerry is the first step in inviting their own deaths. How stupid can these people be?


76 posted on 09/16/2004 2:09:47 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Mighty_Quinn

bttt


77 posted on 09/16/2004 2:11:22 PM PDT by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Jaidyn
Wonderful, I think you just found the link that someone hear was looking for!
78 posted on 09/16/2004 2:11:36 PM PDT by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,...for without victory there is no survival. -Churchill)
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To: Mighty_Quinn
Please use original headlines when posting articles. Thanks
79 posted on 09/16/2004 2:12:27 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: N. Beaujon
"'I didn't ask the question, and I should have,' . . . "

Gore taught him the phrase. First tested after Gore got busted at the Chinese fund-raiser.

80 posted on 09/16/2004 2:18:19 PM PDT by Eastbound ( "Neither a Scrooge nor a Patsy be.")
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To: Mighty_Quinn

And don't forget, he also had a piece about the "religious right" published in "The Nation" and attended (and spoke at?) a fundraiser for Lear's Limo Liberals for the Hollywood Way (along with that other CBS non-partisan, Uncle Walt).


81 posted on 09/16/2004 2:27:10 PM PDT by pollwatcher ("Dan Rather...The Norma Desmond of Big Journalism" - Jonah Goldberg)
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To: IGOTMINE

I'm glad Al Gore gave us the internet.


82 posted on 09/16/2004 2:29:03 PM PDT by MHak
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To: Mighty_Quinn
Danny Boy,

You can't say the Post is a bunch of right wingnuts.

They are trying to save whatever integrity there is left in their profession (and sell a bunch of newspapers)

You're gonner than a [insert stupid metaphor here]

83 posted on 09/16/2004 2:34:26 PM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: mcg1969
You're going to have to work harder to link the Travis County Democrats with Abilene and Burkett.

OK, Burkett is very active in Texas Democrat politics. Burkett served at Chairman of the Steering Committee for his lawyer's run for Texas Democratic State Chairman. Van Os, Burkett's lawyer from San Antonio, is currently running for Texas Supreme Court.

So Burkett is deeply involved in the highest levels of Texas Democratic Party.

84 posted on 09/16/2004 2:39:00 PM PDT by DJtex (;)
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To: hispanarepublicana

Flood DRUDGE? He is slowwwww. People keep yapping about sending every last tidbit to DRUDGE, as if it'll be picked up, or be posted immediately. You want to see speed and instant news? It's here!


85 posted on 09/16/2004 2:48:35 PM PDT by Original Kamaaina
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To: DJtex
That's better :)

Look, I may sound harsh, but you just can't float these unfinished theories out into the mainstream. They'll get shot down fast even if they are true if there are serious omissions or inconsistencies.

That't exactly what this kind of back-and-forth needs to do---to fill in the gaps and flesh out the details.

86 posted on 09/16/2004 2:49:05 PM PDT by mcg1969
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To: mcg1969

People! People! That fund-raiser was in 2001, not this year! Smoley Hokes, slow down and smell the daisies! Now, if you want something to chew on, why is Knox being given a pass because she's 86? Per Houston Chronicle, last week she said she had "no firsthand knowledge" of Bush's time in TANG. But this week, Rather managed to get her to say/imply she was personally acquainted with Bush, and his shenanigans were all the talk in the typing pool. She carefully said that she didn't type the forgeries, but she had typed ones similar or identical to them. She said someone changed her docs to keep from getting in trouble. So, is it possible she kept Killian's docs, passed them to a CBS source, who then retyped them to conceal his source. Perhaps her docs had her handwritten comments on them, which would reveal the provenance.


87 posted on 09/16/2004 3:13:56 PM PDT by Original Kamaaina
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To: DJtex

And Van O is connected to Clinton and Carville - there were pictures of each of them posing with Van O on another thread this morning.


88 posted on 09/16/2004 3:16:06 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: JudyinCanada

So my guess is Billy, in the hospital room, with the telephone.


89 posted on 09/16/2004 3:17:25 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Tom Jefferson
I am not sure what difference that makes. Rather is a Texan from Travis County, his daughter is a Democratic Party activist in Travis County, and Rather spoke at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Travis County. His roots in the Democratic Party in Texas are deep.

So probably he was there primarily to visit his daughter, and while there was invited to speak at a quickly arranged dinner

90 posted on 09/16/2004 3:23:37 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (That which does not kill me had better be able to run away damn fast.)
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To: Original Kamaaina
People! People! That fund-raiser was in 2001, not this year!

The point of the fundraiser in 2001, that Rather attended is that Barnes and his daughter, Robin attended it, too. That's why I posted the story and the link. The connection might be important.

91 posted on 09/16/2004 3:34:42 PM PDT by Jaidyn
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