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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!''


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 60minutes; cbs; cbsnews; danrather; marksteyn; rather; rathergate
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1 posted on 09/18/2004 2:41:25 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: elhombrelibre

Bump


2 posted on 09/18/2004 2:43:40 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: elhombrelibre; Pokey78

He noticed us!

STEYN BUMP


3 posted on 09/18/2004 2:44:36 AM PDT by stands2reason (Limousine Liberal--a man who has his cake, eats his cake, and complains that other people have cake.)
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To: elhombrelibre

bump for great read


4 posted on 09/18/2004 2:45:03 AM PDT by ArmyBratproud (all)
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To: ArmyBratproud

Steyn asks the big question. It is similar to the one that came out of Watergate. The coverup was worse than the crime. Here's where the focus needs to go: "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?"


5 posted on 09/18/2004 2:48:09 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (http://chucksutahblog.blogspot.com/)
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To: elhombrelibre

Let's see how long it is before someone else in the media wakes up to this fact.


6 posted on 09/18/2004 2:49:02 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: elhombrelibre
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?

There's the question, indeed.

7 posted on 09/18/2004 2:51:03 AM PDT by Sabatier
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To: elhombrelibre

Rather was willingly duped into this story.


8 posted on 09/18/2004 2:51:05 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: elhombrelibre
...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.

Priceless! Hey, Freedude, FYI, it is customary to put Mark Steyn's name in the title, like so:

Mark Steyn: CBS Defense of Rather Hints at Bigger Story

That way, we'll all know to click on the link.

9 posted on 09/18/2004 2:51:56 AM PDT by stands2reason (Limousine Liberal--a man who has his cake, eats his cake, and complains that other people have cake.)
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To: ArmyBratproud

ditto


10 posted on 09/18/2004 2:53:34 AM PDT by Positive (There's nothing sadder than seeing a group of great ideas being murdered by a bunch of brutal facts!)
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To: elhombrelibre
after you and your money-no-object resources-a-go-go ''60 Minutes'' crew

That's a good description.

11 posted on 09/18/2004 2:54:29 AM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: elhombrelibre

''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!''

Great Steyn read!


12 posted on 09/18/2004 2:56:27 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: elhombrelibre
Absolutely delicious stuff! Steyn is my hero.

Things are finally starting to heat up, baby!

13 posted on 09/18/2004 2:58:13 AM PDT by jporcus
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To: elhombrelibre
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?

Indeed!

14 posted on 09/18/2004 2:59:46 AM PDT by maryz
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To: elhombrelibre

I got a chuckle of out of Mark Steyn's Oliver Cromwell tag line. However, I beg to differ with him. I want Danron to stay right where he is, so we remember who liberals are. If he goes we learn nothing from this entire sorry episode. There are good reasons to have him around, the principal one being Danron is a living exhibit of what liberalism has become today. I say for the sake of America, keep him at CBS!!!


15 posted on 09/18/2004 3:01:51 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: elhombrelibre
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Forget about Rather. He is totally discredited now. Lets trackdown the sources.
16 posted on 09/18/2004 3:05:53 AM PDT by igoramus987
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To: elhombrelibre
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?

Just as Watergate led not only to CReEP but to the FBI and CIA, Rathergate leads no doubt to the DNC, the Kerry campaign and CBS and Viacom top management with tentacles into other media corporations. There are ten Pulitzers waiting for the inside whistle blower, assuming he also brings down the communist Pulitzer committee.
17 posted on 09/18/2004 3:06:00 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: elhombrelibre
....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 ..........

Bump!

18 posted on 09/18/2004 3:07:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: goldstategop

And with Rather in place the investigation goes on!


19 posted on 09/18/2004 3:09:45 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: elhombrelibre

That's gonna sting. Fantastic article!


20 posted on 09/18/2004 3:11:33 AM PDT by Tom_Busch (Vote Bush/Cheney in 2004)
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To: elhombrelibre

The only problem is that most of the media is complicit and has been for most of the last century.


21 posted on 09/18/2004 3:12:07 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: elhombrelibre

It really seems now that the most sensational, lurid, and damningly partisan theory for the provenance of the forgeries is the correct one: they originated with a lunatic in Texas, but they came to Rather from the DNC and John Kerry is directly involved.
Revealing this now would destroy whatever slight chance Kerry still has of a comeback, and possibly lead to the first pre-election withdrawal by a major party Presidential candidate in American history.
Rather and CBS do not want to go down in history for this. Not only would their fellow lefties curse them to the dying breath of liberalism, but they would become a laughingstock till the end of time. A thousand years from now, "rather" might be a common lower-case noun for a pompous incompetent who misses some obvious flaw in his plans.


22 posted on 09/18/2004 3:14:32 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (This message prepared with MS-CBS Word 72 software)
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To: elhombrelibre
Or as the New York Times' headline put it: ''Memos On Bush Are Fake But Accurate.''

Did they really write that?

23 posted on 09/18/2004 3:17:00 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza - let them run around naked, at least the kids)
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To: elhombrelibre

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?

I think that you hit the nail on the head with this one.


24 posted on 09/18/2004 3:17:05 AM PDT by garylmoore (Repeat: They made a mistake, they didn't count of George W. Bush.)
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To: elhombrelibre

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?

I think that you hit the nail on the head with this one.


25 posted on 09/18/2004 3:17:08 AM PDT by garylmoore (Repeat: They made a mistake, they didn't count of George W. Bush.)
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To: elhombrelibre

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?

I think that you hit the nail on the head with this one.


26 posted on 09/18/2004 3:17:11 AM PDT by garylmoore (Repeat: They made a mistake, they didn't count of George W. Bush.)
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To: elhombrelibre
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?

It's either a Kerry connection they are protecting or, God forbid, could Dan's daughter be involved?

27 posted on 09/18/2004 3:19:48 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza - let them run around naked, at least the kids)
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To: atomic conspiracy

This is just too much! I guess the icing would be if it were all master orchestrated by Clinton, who conveniently had heart surgery AND told Kerry to lay off Vietnam. But, if only Kerry's fingerprints are on this, I'll happily take that.


28 posted on 09/18/2004 3:20:32 AM PDT by jporcus
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To: elhombrelibre
Why else would Heyward and Rather allow the CBS news division to commit slow, public suicide?

I've long thought that Dan has something on CBS because he should have been fired years ago. He took a top rated news show and rode it down to the bottom, where it stayed, that alone should have cost him. His other shenanigans were more examples of Ratherfirstism.

29 posted on 09/18/2004 3:21:54 AM PDT by patj
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To: jporcus
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!''

Delicious stuff, indeed!

30 posted on 09/18/2004 3:22:06 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza - let them run around naked, at least the kids)
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To: elhombrelibre
This is, by far, the best post-mortem article I have had the pleasure, and I do mean pleasure to read on ... "The Docs Are Crocks".

Many thanks

31 posted on 09/18/2004 3:26:56 AM PDT by G.Mason (A war mongering, red white and blue, military industrial complex, Al Qaeda incinerating American.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

DNC Koolaid has quite a punch...


32 posted on 09/18/2004 3:27:05 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: elhombrelibre

He hits the right note here ... nice, n' sarcastic. :>)


33 posted on 09/18/2004 3:27:29 AM PDT by BunnySlippers ("F" Stands for FLIP-FLOP ...)
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To: elhombrelibre
CBS and all the MSM have been running successful propaganda and disinfo ops against America
relatively unchallenged for so long...they have become lazy as well as arrogant....

They expect the sheep to suck up all the screed and LIKE IT.....

The screed got spit out and the sheep are unplugging from the main stream Matrix...

Agents Smith and Rather are throwing conniption fits....blustering threatening and throwing out even more lies...and then when that fails....

Pull the ole Clintonista double whammie.....

Claim to be victims of the very deceiver whose lies they have been promoting...

while crying about how 'innocent' they are...

"Please don't flush us...let us keep lying to you ..and you keep paying us for it"...should be their cry....

McCarthy was right...

imo
34 posted on 09/18/2004 3:29:46 AM PDT by joesnuffy ( "Two Heads Are Better Than One"...."Unless They're On The Same Person" -Andy Sipowicz)
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To: atomic conspiracy

"A thousand years from now, "rather" might be a common lower-case noun for a pompous incompetent who misses some obvious flaw in his plans."

Sooner than that the verb "rathered" will apply to fraudulant representations of past events.

Example:

Kerry rathered his Vietnam war record.


35 posted on 09/18/2004 3:29:49 AM PDT by WebTalk (Whatever it takes!)
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To: beyond the sea

I do believe they did...


36 posted on 09/18/2004 3:29:54 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: WebTalk

In 20 years it will be Rather who?


37 posted on 09/18/2004 3:31:12 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: beyond the sea
It's either a Kerry connection they are protecting or, God forbid, could Dan's daughter be involved?

The CBS source could be Ben Barnes. He was one of the people interviewed.

CBS source possibilities:
1. Burkett
2. Ben Barnes
3. Dan Rather's daughter
4. Max Cleland


Burkett looks like the one most likely to have helped in writing it. He does say "we reassembled", so that means more people are involved. However I don't think he would have been the person who sent the memos to CBS, at least not without the go ahead from the Kerry Campaign.

38 posted on 09/18/2004 3:32:51 AM PDT by igoramus987
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
Just as Watergate led not only to CReEP but to the FBI and CIA, Rathergate leads no doubt to the DNC, the Kerry campaign and CBS and Viacom top management with tentacles into other media corporations.

I followed Watergate very closely back then, from McCords piece of tape until the wave good bye by Nixon. Remember the break-in was in the summer, and it wasn't until much later AFTER the election that it all started to unravel.

I think the same thing just may happen this time. There are most likely dozens of co-conspirators and liars involved in this Forgery/CBS/DNC/Texas/Fraud.

And with FreeRepublic ( "a bastion of right-wing lunacy", a bunch of "partisan political operatives" in pajamas) and the other web folks, the unraveling this time may be intense and fruitful!

We'll see.

39 posted on 09/18/2004 3:33:46 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza - let them run around naked, at least the kids)
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To: igoramus987
Quite an interesting image you've got there. The info blurbs are a nice touch. Good job.

Cleland was at the very least a willing conduit for the docs. A very damning circumstantial case is building and yet these revelations are buried deep inside the MSM stories. Imagine what the MSM coverage would be if the campaign situations were reversed and, say, Bob Dole was similarly linked with a shady character who was passing on phony documents.

40 posted on 09/18/2004 3:35:40 AM PDT by AHerald
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To: igoramus987
This is going to be juicier than Watergate. The cast of characters is immense. How bizarre that Dan Rather is where he is now, at the other end of the stick.

Sweet!

41 posted on 09/18/2004 3:37:24 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza - let them run around naked, at least the kids)
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To: joesnuffy
"McCarthy was right..."

Was he ever!

Seems the greatest generation was too tired from fighting the big war to bother noticing, or caring.

42 posted on 09/18/2004 3:40:40 AM PDT by G.Mason (A war mongering, red white and blue, military industrial complex, Al Qaeda incinerating American.)
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To: igoramus987

Could it be that Mr. Burkett has threatened exposing the collusion of all of the above if CBS names him?


43 posted on 09/18/2004 3:44:23 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: elhombrelibre

Is it possible the DNC is in such disarray and panic because they see the likelyhood CBS is going to have to rat them out over providing those fake documents? If it turns out someone in the DNC forged those documents, Kerry's candidacy will have to be removed from life support allowed to die. It would explain the sense of panic and defeat in the Kerry campaign.


44 posted on 09/18/2004 3:44:27 AM PDT by Casloy
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To: goldstategop
This is Rush's line verboten.
45 posted on 09/18/2004 3:44:36 AM PDT by Clean_Sweep
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To: beyond the sea
How bizarre that Dan Rather is where he is now, at the other end of the stick.

Blame it on hubris and arrogance. Blather, CBS, and the rest of the MSM got away with slanted stories for so long that I think they believed they could actually pull this off.

46 posted on 09/18/2004 3:45:25 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (Dan Rather plans to spend the winter in Valley Forgery.-hflynn)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"Rather was willingly duped into this story."

Think so, jj?
I don't think the sot was "duped" into anything.

danny boy is *complicit* of perpetrating a deliberate fraud.
Really only two other questions, then.

Why?

...& what're the identities of his coconspirators.

47 posted on 09/18/2004 3:45:30 AM PDT by Landru (Indulgences: 2 for a buck.)
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To: beyond the sea

We need to flush out the source(s). The best form of attack is to insist that the source is Rather's daughter, and that is why he is stonewalling. Rather will then switch into defense of his daughter mode, and rat out the source(s).

Background: Ben Barnes (who was part of the interview) knows Rather's daughter very well.


48 posted on 09/18/2004 3:46:04 AM PDT by igoramus987
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To: Casloy

I think they'll stonewall till after the election if, as I believe likely, this was fed to Dan by the DNC or the Kerry campaign. Not only will it kill Ketchup Boy's election hopes, but other RATS running in Senate or House races will also go down with him.


49 posted on 09/18/2004 3:51:41 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (Dan Rather plans to spend the winter in Valley Forgery.-hflynn)
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To: WebTalk
"A thousand years from now, "rather" might be a common lower-case noun for a pompous incompetent who misses some obvious flaw in his plans."

I suggest we skip the 1000 year wait and begin using it. Most of us here know what a clymer is and those that joined FR later can always rather their story and claim they were here then.

50 posted on 09/18/2004 3:52:55 AM PDT by muir_redwoods
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