|Rather and CBS have made these assertions about their story:
Document source is "unimpeachable".
Truth: Documents likely provided by mentally unstable individual with a vendetta against George Bush. Individual has admitted to telling falsehoods about George W. Bush in the past.
Documents were verified by CBS's "experts".
Truth: Two of four experts by CBS raised doubts about documents. Credentials of two other experts are suspect. No expert verified all the documents. Only one signature was verified, but that is in dispute. CBS has quoted a former typewriter repairman to buttress its claims about the documents. The documents are now almost universally considered to be forgeries.
Ben Barnes is a credible witness that George W. Bush used political pull to get into the TANG.
Truth: Ben Barnes has changed is story over the years. His daughter has accused Ben Barnes of telling a false story for political reasons. Ben Barnes assertions have now been directly contradicted by General Staudt, who selected George Bush for the TANG. Staudt states there was no pressure on him to select George Bush. Staudt also states he put no pressure on Killian as the forged documents claim.
Yeah, I can see why Rather and CBS are standing by the story.
Don't forget that Ben Barnes is an official of the Kerry/Edwards campaign in TX. This is the most damning allegation about him because it proves that he has motive to lie about Bush.
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Another site from the blogosphere
has an interesting take, speaking of CBS quotes.
Sorry for the poor format, I'm a newbie who hasn't
learned the HTML formatting yet ;-) My quoting
is the medium margins, website's quote is tiny margins:
' When contacted, CBS stood by its
story and spokesperson Kelli
Edwards made the following claim
in an email according to WorldNetDaily
(CBS News denies Bush docs forged):
"CBS verified the
the documents by
had seen the
documents at the
time they were written.
were close associates
of [Bush commander]
Colonel Jerry Killian
and confirm that the
at the time
were written." '
The website goes on to point out that this _can't_
be Marion Knox. [Then again, maybe it can: if CBS
will JUST ADMIT THAT THE NOTES ARE FAKES!]
Maybe the two "unimpeachable sources" are Knox and Burkett?
Or might it be Dan Rather's daughter and Ben Barnes?
Or just possible George Soros and Michael Moore?
We need to tell RatherGullible (TM) to go FAX himself!
CBS News-All the news that's fit to FAX
CBS News-We report, you deride
CBS News-We get our news from reliable White Horse souses.
I have to believe that when Ben Barnes signed up for this mission, he was told that Dan Rather had the story nailed cold. Oddly enough, if Mapes at CBS had had the sense to ask for copies of the "originals" (code word for "please change the font and resubmit") then CBS would still be defending the documents, and Bush would be off balance.
Now, of course, Burkette is obliterated, and everyone associated with his rant is discredited -- Barnes, Michael Moore, the DNC, CBS -- everyone.
Ah yes, but what you don't realize is that is an entirely true statement. Since the one who furnished the memos will never be elected president, he is obviously "unimpeachable".