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CBS defense of Rather hints at bigger story [Freeper Buckhead Scoops Rather!]
SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST ^ | September 19, 2004 | MARK STEYN

Posted on 09/18/2004 2:41:25 AM PDT by elhombrelibre

CBS defense of Rather hints at bigger story

September 19, 2004

BY MARK STEYN SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

Of all the loopy statements made by Dan Rather in the 10 days since he decided to throw his career away, my favorite is this, from Dan's interview with the Washington Post on Thursday:

''If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story.''

Hel-looooo? Earth to the Lost Planet of Ratheria: You can't ''break that story.'' A guy called ''Buckhead'' did that, on the Free Republic Web site a couple of hours after you and your money-no-object resources-a-go-go ''60 Minutes'' crew attempted to pass off four obvious Microsoft Word documents as authentic 1972 typewritten memos about Bush's skipping latrine duty in the Spanish-American War, or whatever it was.

The following day Charles Johnson of the Little Green Footballs Web site drove a stake through your phony '70s memos by overlaying them with modern MS Word documents, whose automatic word wrap is amazingly an exact match with Lt. Col. Killian's ''typewriter.'' And every document expert agreed with Johnson your memos are junk, including your own analysts.

By now just about everybody on the planet also thinks they're junk, except for that dwindling number of misguided people who watch the ''CBS Evening News'' under the misapprehension that it's a news broadcast rather than a new unreality show in which a cocooned anchor, his floundering news division and some feeble executives are trapped on their own isle of delusion and can't figure out a way to vote themselves off it.

So the only story you're in a position to break right now is: ''Late-Breaking News. Veteran Newsman Announces He's Recovered His Marbles.'' And, if last week's anything to go by, you're in no hurry to do that.

Instead, Dan keeps demanding Bush respond to the ''serious questions'' raised by his fake memos. ''With respect, Mr. President,'' he droned the other day, ''answer the questions.'' The president would love to, but he's doubled up with laughter.

I was prepared to cut the poor old buffoon some slack a week ago. But Dan's performance has grown progressively more outrageous, to the point where it's hard not to conclude he's colluding in the perpetuation of a massive if ludicrous fraud. Dan's been play-acting at being a reporter for so many years now -- the suspenders, the loosened tie, and all the other stuff that would look great if he were auditioning for a cheesy dinner-theater revival of ''The Front Page''; the over-the-top intros: ''Bob Schieffer, one of the best hard-nosed reporters in the business, has been working his sources. What have you managed to uncover for us, Bob?'', after which Bob reads out a DNC press release. Dan's been doing all this so long he doesn't seem to realize the news isn't just a show.

Round about the middle of last week, he was reduced to shoring up his collapsing fantasy with Bill Glennon, a Cliff Claven figure who was a typewriter repairman in the '70s. But, because every other CBS expert had abandoned Dan's sunk ship, Bill suddenly found himself upgraded to ''document expert.'' This guy's been insisting that you could produce Dan's bogus memos on a 1972 IBM typewriter: ''The Model D had a lever that when pushed put a rubber stopper in front of the keys so they did not strike the paper. You centered the paper using the paper scale, put the carriage on the middle mark of the front index scale, typed your heading and then made note of the number it stopped on. You then moved the carriage back to the corresponding number on the left side of the index scale and retyped your heading and . . .''

Yeah, right. Every time I want to type a memo saying Bush is unfit to be president, that's what I do, too. Look, if Dan thinks this guy's theory is correct, let's put him and his IBM Model D and me and my computer in a room at CBS News for an hour and see which one of us emerges with the closest replicas of these four documents. I'll give him ten thousand bucks for every memo he reproduces exactly, and round it up to an even 50 grand if he gets all four right.

Any takers, CBS?

So the question now is why won't Dan and Co. just admit their docs are crocks and let it go? On Wednesday, CBS News head honcho Andrew Heyward, in a slippery statement, announced that ''we established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate.'' Note that word: not ''genuine'' but ''accurate'' -- i.e., if Lt. Col. Killian had had one of those IBM Model Ds and been willing to remove the carriage return and replace it with a rubber stopper on the front index scale while turning the crank, etc., these are the memos he would have written. Rather and Heyward are adopting the rogue-cop defense: The evidence is planted, but the guy's still guilty. Or as the New York Times' headline put it: ''Memos On Bush Are Fake But Accurate.''

Why has CBS News decided it would rather debauch its brand and treat its audience like morons than simply admit their hoax? For Dan Rather? I doubt it. Hurricane Dan looks like he's been hit by one. He's still standing, just about, but, like a battered double-wide, more and more panels are falling off every day. No one would destroy three-quarters of a century of audience trust and goodwill for one shattered anachronism of an anchorman, would they?

As the network put it last week, ''In accordance with longstanding journalistic ethics, CBS News is not prepared to reveal its confidential sources or the method by which '60 Minutes' Wednesday received the documents.'' But, once they admit the documents are fake, they can no longer claim ''journalistic ethics'' as an excuse to protect their source. There's no legal or First Amendment protection afforded to a man who peddles a fraud. You'd think CBS would be mad as hell to find whoever it was who stitched them up and made them look idiots.

So why aren't they? The only reasonable conclusion is that the source -- or trail of sources -- is even more incriminating than the fake documents. Why else would Heyward and Rather allow the CBS news division to commit slow, public suicide?

Whatever other lessons are drawn from this, we ought at least to acknowledge that the privileged position accorded to ''official'' media and the restrictions placed on the citizenry by McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform are wholly unwarranted.

As for Heyward and Rather, the other day I came across a rare memo from April 20, 1653, typed on a 17th century prototype of the IBM Selectric. It's Oliver Cromwell's words to England's Long Parliament:

''You have sat too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!''


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KEYWORDS: 60minutes; cbs; cbsnews; danrather; marksteyn; rather; rathergate
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To: elhombrelibre

My thought is that this has gone on for so long, and so diminished CBS's stature in reporting the news, that their only recourse when they finally decide to admit the fraud will be to fire Dan out of cannon from Black Rock to an oozing landfill in Jersey.


101 posted on 09/18/2004 5:09:39 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Great article. Thanks for posting it.


102 posted on 09/18/2004 5:12:15 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: elhombrelibre
Mary Mapes said that they believed the old secy Marian Carr Knox typed those memos.....on 60 minutes 2 she said she did NOT!!! Mapes also said there's more to come out!!

Who typed them?? Robin Rather?? Burkett? Carr-Knox??/

103 posted on 09/18/2004 5:15:41 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: GBA

I think the WH response has been the best - they're basically ignoring this and letting cbs and the dims hang themselves....and W didn't even have to provide the rope! i love it!


104 posted on 09/18/2004 5:15:43 AM PDT by BamaDi
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To: kittymyrib
These snakes don't have actual email addresses, but instead use those hateful message forms (that require you to put your email address, even though you don't get to see theirs).

Anyway, here's the affiliate listing. You have to click on an affiliate, find the "contact" button, and then fill out one of their hateful forms. But in this case it's worth the painful effort. I'm going to try to do one-a-day, starting in my home town and working outwards. I encourage everyone else to do some too.

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105 posted on 09/18/2004 5:15:59 AM PDT by samtheman (www.swiftvets.com)
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To: igoramus987
The Swift Vets have so much in reserve that they can hit him with something new every couple of days, it is not funny.
You're right, they have a lot of useful ammunition. And you're also right that it's not funny. There's nothing funny about Komrad Kerry. He would be worse than Comrad Carter.
106 posted on 09/18/2004 5:17:42 AM PDT by samtheman (www.swiftvets.com)
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To: igoramus987

Is that quote by Burkett's lawyer real?


107 posted on 09/18/2004 5:18:23 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Great article! Award-winning caliber.


108 posted on 09/18/2004 5:19:38 AM PDT by Ed_in_NJ
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To: RVN Airplane Driver
Also one of the doc's uses the word "billets" to explain a personnel position..not an Army term.

Or a Air Force term.

109 posted on 09/18/2004 5:21:08 AM PDT by Terp (Retired living in Philippines were the Mountains meet the Sea in the Land of Smiles)
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To: elhombrelibre
'.......once they admit the documents are fake, they can no longer claim "journalistic ethics" as an excuse to protect their source........'

Wanna makeabet?

Knowing the clowns at see-BS.........does, "From their cold, dead hands", ring any bells?

110 posted on 09/18/2004 5:22:15 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: igoramus987

Mary Mapes said they believe the 86 yr. old secy, Marian Carr Knox typed those!! Which begs the question..."why did she say on 60 Minutes Jr. that she did NOT????


111 posted on 09/18/2004 5:22:22 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: elhombrelibre

''Bob Schieffer, one of the best hard-nosed reporters in the business, has been working his sources. What have you managed to uncover for us, Bob?'', after which Bob reads out a DNC press release

And Schieffer is presently schedule to be the solo moderator at one of the presidential debates ??????????????? What's with that ?


112 posted on 09/18/2004 5:23:10 AM PDT by EDINVA (a FReeper in PJ's beats a CBS anchor in a suit every time)
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To: elhombrelibre

''Bob Schieffer, one of the best hard-nosed reporters in the business, has been working his sources. What have you managed to uncover for us, Bob?'', after which Bob reads out a DNC press release

And Schieffer is presently schedule to be the solo moderator at one of the presidential debates ??????????????? What's with that ?


113 posted on 09/18/2004 5:23:12 AM PDT by EDINVA (a FReeper in PJ's beats a CBS anchor in a suit every time)
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To: elhombrelibre

''Bob Schieffer, one of the best hard-nosed reporters in the business, has been working his sources. What have you managed to uncover for us, Bob?'', after which Bob reads out a DNC press release

And Schieffer is presently schedule to be the solo moderator at one of the presidential debates ??????????????? What's with that ?


114 posted on 09/18/2004 5:23:13 AM PDT by EDINVA (a FReeper in PJ's beats a CBS anchor in a suit every time)
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To: TC Rider

We must start referring to CBS by something which evokes thoughts of entertaining mass-circulation tabloids; I would recommend "CBS-ly World News".


115 posted on 09/18/2004 5:24:07 AM PDT by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: stands2reason

it's hard not to conclude he's colluding in the perpetuation of a massive if ludicrous fraud.


Yes indeed.


116 posted on 09/18/2004 5:25:02 AM PDT by Bearshouse
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To: Ann Archy
Is that quote by Burkett's lawyer real?

The quote is by Bill Burket in an email (source).

Van Os is currently running for the Supreme Court in Texas.
117 posted on 09/18/2004 5:25:44 AM PDT by igoramus987
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To: beyond the sea
"...could Dan's daughter be involved?"

My take, for the last week.

118 posted on 09/18/2004 5:28:01 AM PDT by Ed_in_NJ
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bttt


119 posted on 09/18/2004 5:28:38 AM PDT by independentmind
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To: Ann Archy
Who typed them?? Robin Rather?? Burkett? Carr-Knox??

I'm interested in who the author is, but more interested in who had/saw them before CBS found them.

I think Burkett or Os is the author. I think the author got them to the DNC and Kerry campaign long before CBS was aware. The DNC or Kerry campaign then called CBS (timing is everything, the DNC/Kerry campaign want to control the timing of the story hitting, and the DNC/Kerry campaign had "Fortunate Son" campaign, of more than one element, organized).

The DNC or Kerry campaign starts the Fortunate Son campaign, "pulls the trigger," by calling CBS and advising them of a person in Texas. That call could be anonymous, "Hello, CBS News 60 Minutes? Hi. I think you guys should call Mr. Burkett in Texas. His number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. He has some memos written by GWB's commander in the TexANG that I think you will interested in. No. I prefer to be anonymous, but Mr. Burkett will make himself known to you. Bye."

120 posted on 09/18/2004 5:30:02 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Ann Archy
Mary Mapes needs to be investigated. She spend five years investigating Bush's National Guard record and the best she can come up with is phony memos?
121 posted on 09/18/2004 5:33:02 AM PDT by christie (John F. Kerry Timeline - http://www.archive-news.net/Kerry/JK_timeline.html)
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To: elhombrelibre
I agree the trail is the story but I don't think it ends at Burkett. Someone, knowing he had influence at the centre of the AWOL story, fed him the docs. Being Army, they appeared legit to him so he tried to pass them along.

Dan the Man believes Burkett is above reproach and will not break a story that brings him down, so they are trying to track down the originator. (thus Dan's strange statement about breaking the story) If they give up Burkett as their source too soon, the story will spin quickly to discredit him and the AWOL storyline all but ends for this election cycle(which Dan doesn't want). They need to work this back to find (or at least pin this on) someone to take the fall, i.e. someone victimized by Bush, the war, the economy, lack of health care, etc. They will not be described as a Democrat or a Kerry supporter since its well publicized that a lot of Kerry votes are anti-Bush votes). Burkett, CBS and Kerry will be absolved of responsibility and in fact it will spun as all having been Bush's fault. They will then drive him into seclusion until after the election, after his one and only interview wit Dan Rather. Dan can then continue his pursuit of the 'truth' about Bush and the ANG.
122 posted on 09/18/2004 5:33:20 AM PDT by thecanuck
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To: Cboldt
The DNC or Kerry campaign starts the Fortunate Son campaign, "pulls the trigger," by calling CBS and advising them of a person in Texas. That call could be anonymous, "Hello, CBS News 60 Minutes?

I agree with you. The timing of the Fortunate Son campaign seems to be good to be true --from the Democrats point of view--otherwise.

123 posted on 09/18/2004 5:33:22 AM PDT by independentmind
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To: fml

Either Rather created the docs himself (I doubt it) or he knowingly used forged docs. The ONLY other possibility is that Dan Rather is so incompetent he couldn't spot the most obvious forgery possible.

CBS had been working on that story for five years. For five years they came up with nothing, because there was nothing. So with less than two months to go before the election, they were determined to run with the story. Since they didn't have any dirt, they created dirt.


124 posted on 09/18/2004 5:34:34 AM PDT by alnick (US forces armed with what? Spitballs??)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
YUP...but we have all learned a valuable lesson...this website like Rush Limbaugh...will turn the tide on the lies and evil the Democrats have perpetuated upon the people of this GREAT country.

I am sure Bill and Hill are very worried that Drudge Report, Fox News, FR, Mullings, Rush, Sean Hannity, Landmark Foundation...(BIG LONG line of ETC) will now allow them to easy rush into that White House...EVER again...

Bill, Hill, Terry Carville and crew must be perplexed by all of this...the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"...HA!

125 posted on 09/18/2004 5:34:34 AM PDT by antivenom ("Never argue with an idiot, he'll bring you down to his level - then beat you with experience.")
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To: thecanuck
I agree the trail is the story but I don't think it ends at Burkett. Someone, knowing he had influence at the centre of the AWOL story, fed him the docs. Being Army, they appeared legit to him so he tried to pass them along.

Do you think that Burkett who is so obsessed with Bush and having done so much research into his records, could have generated a memo with so many flaws?

It was Robert Strong (not a Bush fan) who leaked the "Kinko's in Abilene" story. Burkett might be just a red herring or scapegoat, just to throw us off the trail.
126 posted on 09/18/2004 5:40:11 AM PDT by igoramus987
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To: elhombrelibre
Instead, Dan keeps demanding Bush respond to the ''serious questions'' raised by his fake memos. ''With respect, Mr. President,'' he droned the other day, ''answer the questions.'' The president would love to, but he's doubled up with laughter.

LOL Steyn Bump

127 posted on 09/18/2004 5:43:22 AM PDT by Lyford
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To: antivenom

I thought USAToday and the Boston Globe received these docs at the same time as See BS but not from See BS. Couldn't they easily break this story.


128 posted on 09/18/2004 5:47:25 AM PDT by twntaipan (CBS News: The News of Choice of Frauds and Forgers Everywhere!)
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To: AHerald

Cleland was in the Army and that little old lady said that there was army lingo in those memos


129 posted on 09/18/2004 5:48:45 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: alnick; fml

I think that CBS has created the story by starting with a conclusion, and then working backwards to find the evidence. I mean, five years working on a story that has NO legs?

Dan is convinced the information is true because it dovetails so perfectly with what he and the rest of the left believes. That the info comes on a fraudulent document means nothing if it allows him to insert the last piece of the puzzle.

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.


130 posted on 09/18/2004 5:51:30 AM PDT by texas booster (Make a resolution to better yourself and your community in '04 - vote Republican!)
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To: elhombrelibre
The source is probably the DNC, which is why CBS is being so stubborn. They think they can ride this out, although with some damage. If linked to the DNC, the Dems and CBS are both toast!
131 posted on 09/18/2004 5:53:53 AM PDT by joonbug
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

Think you are right ABG. If Burkett acted alone, Dan would have burned him at the beginning to save his own little self. The fact they were willing to use phony docs isn't a surprise, but the stone walling is, or was until you think start to think about it. The choices: Losing credibility and reputation, or being a part of causing the Dems to lose America...not really a difficult choice for a partisan like Dan.


132 posted on 09/18/2004 5:59:37 AM PDT by mina3727
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To: elhombrelibre

Time to ride into the sunset Dan.


133 posted on 09/18/2004 6:07:12 AM PDT by b4its2late (John John Kerry Edwards change positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

My guess (and I'm serious) is his daughter set him up.


134 posted on 09/18/2004 6:08:07 AM PDT by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: beyond the sea


My thought also, I stuck the phase into Google, and didn't come up with the New York Times.
135 posted on 09/18/2004 6:08:31 AM PDT by StACase
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To: elhombrelibre
Forgive me for my lack of originality, but:

If the type face don't fit, you have to acquit.

Dan Rather has become Mark Furhman.

136 posted on 09/18/2004 6:12:54 AM PDT by GWB00
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To: igoramus987

And he did fund raisers for her and her Democratic Party cronies so it's highly likely he'd take fake documents to help her.


137 posted on 09/18/2004 6:14:09 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: elhombrelibre
By now just about everybody on the planet also thinks they're junk, except for that dwindling number of misguided people who watch the ''CBS Evening News'' under the misapprehension that it's a news broadcast rather than a new unreality show in which a cocooned anchor, his floundering news division and some feeble executives are trapped on their own isle of delusion and can't figure out a way to vote themselves off it.

cBS is going to need a purple owie for that one.

138 posted on 09/18/2004 6:19:14 AM PDT by snooker (French Fried Flip Flopper still Flouncing, be careful out there.)
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To: muir_redwoods

Rather's first "Rather" will conclude with the line, "...spend more time with my family."


139 posted on 09/18/2004 6:21:25 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Temple Owl
under the misapprehension that it's a news broadcast rather than a new unreality show in which a cocooned anchor, his floundering news division and some feeble executives are trapped on their own isle of delusion and can't figure out a way to vote themselves off it.
140 posted on 09/18/2004 6:23:51 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: beyond the sea
Did they really write that?

It's hard to believe, isn't it? Here's a link to the story:

Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate, Typist Says

The Times is very lucky that CBS is the focus of this scandal right now. If everyone at CBS weren't acting like total morons, then the focus would shift to include other news sources -- like the Times -- that have behaved just as badly.

141 posted on 09/18/2004 6:24:14 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: elhombrelibre

Steyn is fast becoming one of my favorite writers, I use to consider his end of the issue column in National Review a throw away but its the first place I look now.


142 posted on 09/18/2004 6:29:00 AM PDT by Dr Snide (vis pacem, para bellum - Prepare for war if you want peace)
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To: elhombrelibre
I think that before the election we will hear the following statement from the talking heads and DNC - "Actually, this is nothing like Watergate; although it appears the Kerry campaign may have been involved, Nixon was a sitting President. That makes all the difference"

Typical liberal logic.

143 posted on 09/18/2004 6:29:06 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (When it's all said and done, someone starts another conversation.......)
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To: TexasNative2000
Yes, and Nixon was from California and Kerry's from Massachusetts.
144 posted on 09/18/2004 6:32:16 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: PretzeLogic

ping


145 posted on 09/18/2004 6:32:53 AM PDT by hobson
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To: igoramus987

Its possible I suppose that Burkett was sent the documents to review and thus became one of CBS's "experts" to prove their 'accuracy'. I haven't scrutinzed the docs but I wonder if the copy I've seen with underlining was what Burkett faxed back. He underlined key points he wanted highlighted.

All in all there is a bigger story behind this source but I think CBS' will collude with the DNC to pass these forgeries off on a safe patsy, not Burkett, and no one associated with CBS or Kerry.


146 posted on 09/18/2004 6:49:17 AM PDT by thecanuck
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To: elhombrelibre
OH MY GAWDDDDD, Free Republic is famous now! BUCKHEAD YOU'RE DA MAN!!! Hip, hip, hoorayyyyyy!! Free Republic WAS the first one to break the fake docs, not those other blogger sites! Finally getting our due!
147 posted on 09/18/2004 6:56:23 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Dr Snide

Every Wednesday, Steyn is on the Hugh Hewitt show 3PM PST. He has an English accent and phrases that will make you howl!


148 posted on 09/18/2004 7:01:43 AM PDT by BobS
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To: Sabatier
" The only reasonable conclusion is that the source -- or trail of sources -- is even more incriminating than the fake documents."

- The outline of the real story of why CBS is stonewalling is already beginning to emerge. Last week when this story first started to unravel, a source in the DNC revealed that their office had received some documents from, "a retired Air Force officer" about six weeks before Rather's broadcast. Now it turns out that about six weeks earlier, Max Cleland had gone to Texas and took a car ride with Burkett. Burkett apparently said to Cleland, "what should I do if I could get some documents that would incriminate Bush?" That's when the documents arrived at DNC Headquarters. Shortly after that, Mapes rushes to Texas to meet Burkett. Do you suppose someone at the DNC told her to? You bet. Mapes come back and the documents are again faxed, this time to CBS and a few other pro-Kerry news outlets. In my opinion Mapes suggested this to Burkett for two reasons:
1) there would be no direct link between the documents going to the DNC and those which wound up at CBS, and;
2) By sending them to several news bureau's it would appear that CBS did not have an "exclusive" relationship with Burkett.
The ties between Burkett, his lawyer, Barnes, Rather's daughter and even Rather himself to the Travis County, Texas Democratic Party are already well known.
Therefore, to me it is obvious that Burkett, through his lawyer and his ties to the County Democratic organization asked for advice on how to handle his phony memo's. The local organization passed the query to the DNC who dispatched Cleland to check it out. He suggested that Burkett send whatever he had to the DNC for an assessment. The DNC looked at it, told Mapes and she got her copies directly from Burkett for Rather's newscast.
I suppose the only way to verify this would be to examine phone logs, Kinko fax records and the time line for the Cleland, Mapes visits to Burkett.
149 posted on 09/18/2004 7:29:31 AM PDT by finnigan2
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To: BobS
Steyn rates at the top along with Victor Hansen, imo, both are #1 in their particular specialty. Thank God for the Web!This Steyn-anian quote is just priceless: "Whatever other lessons are drawn from this, we ought at least to acknowledge that the privileged position accorded to ''official'' media and the restrictions placed on the citizenry by McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform are wholly unwarranted".

And This......too:
"As for Heyward and Rather, the other day I came across a rare memo from April 20, 1653, typed on a 17th century prototype of the IBM Selectric...Oliver Cromwell's words....."in the name of God, go"!
150 posted on 09/18/2004 7:30:04 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero)
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