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It Isn't About Bush: Rather Slanted and Duped Into Aiding the Kerry Cause (A should-read!)
The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | September 19, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie

Posted on 09/18/2004 6:32:19 PM PDT by quidnunc

"This is not about me," Dan Rather insists. Well, it's certainly more about Rather and the credibility of CBS News — now — than about Rather's intended target, the President of the United States.

As just about all the world has learned, CBS has four purported memos faxed from an Abilene, Texas, Kinko's. They allege that when he was in the Texas Air National Guard, George W. Bush — among other things — (a) ignored a direct order and was grounded, and (b) generally received preferential treatment to avoid service in Vietnam.

Yet regarding the memos, as a colorful Virginia pol used to say, there's a lot going around in the dark besides Santa Claus.

The memos have a distinct odor about them strongly suggesting they're fakes. Typographically, they contain all sorts of elements common to today's word processors but practically non-existent on typewriters in 1972 and 1973, when they supposedly were written by Bush's squadron commander, who died 20 years ago. They're stylistically suspect, containing abbreviations not used in the squadron at the time. The commander's secretary, now 86, says she didn't type them. The commander's wife and son say he didn't write them, didn't type, and didn't feel about Bush the way the memos indicate he did.

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(Excerpt) Read more at timesdispatch.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cbsnews; kerry; killian; kinkos; mackenzie; rather

1 posted on 09/18/2004 6:32:19 PM PDT by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc

Great article. He nailed it perfectly.


2 posted on 09/18/2004 6:40:39 PM PDT by Jenya (Buy Unfit for Command. Donate to Swiftvets.com. It's your American duty.)
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To: quidnunc

MEDIA ETHICS PROJECT SEEKS FCC RULING AGAINST CBS NEWS FOR RATHERGATE


Media Ethics Project (“MEP”) of New York today petitioned the FCC to sanction CBS News and its parent organization, Viacom, Inc., for its recent broadcast of news reports based on forged documents.

In announcing the FCC filing, MEP Chairman William L. Whitely stated: “Most people familiar with Dan Rather’s reports have seen solid evidence from various credible sources showing the documents to be forged. Yet, day in and day out, CBS has stubbornly continued to maintain that the memos are authentic. This supremely arrogant conduct violates the public trust and FCC rules and policies. Viacom cannot be allowed to flaunt the Commission’s rules in this manner. ”

MEP seeks a ruling by the FCC finding that the deliberate actions of CBS and Viacom maintaining the authenticity of the documents, constitute broadcasting of falsified, faked, distorted or staged news reports in violation of Commission policies. MEP is asking the FCC to sanction Viacom including imposing fines and ordering forfeiture of one or more broadcast licenses .

Mr. Whitely added that, “This whole episode must be regarded as a remarkable failure of management. It is truly sad that the proud traditions of professionalism of CBS News, the division built by the likes of Morrow, Severeid, Reasoner, Mudd and Cronkite, have been allowed to slowly fade away. In their place is an organization where unprincipled ego, bias, negligence, partisanship and vindictiveness apparently determine the setting of management policy. Such changes are not in the best interest of CBS, the CBS affiliates and CBS shareholders, nor, most certainly, are they in the public interest as well. Staying to this course, the House that Paley Built will likely become the Network that Rather Wrecked.”

MEP has asked that the FCC expedite its consideration of the group’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling against CBS News.

See a full copy of the MEP Petition for Declaratory Ruling at http://mediaethicsproject.blogspot.com/ or www.mediaethics.8k.com

With MEP's filing, the FCC now has a formal Petition to review requesting that CBS be found guilty for violating Commission policy prohibiting the broadcasting of falsified, faked, distorted or staged news reports as contrary to the public interest.

All interested parties will now be able to contact the FCC to request that it take immediate action on the MEDIA ETHICS PROJECT Petition For Declaratory Ruling Against CBS News.

FCC Contact Information:

Chairman Michael K. Powell: Michael.Powell@fcc.gov ---
Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy: Kathleen.Abernathy@fcc.gov --- Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov ---
Commissioner Kevin J. Martin: KJMWEB@fcc.gov ---
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein: Jonathan.Adelstein@fcc.gov


3 posted on 09/18/2004 6:46:51 PM PDT by tvn
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To: quidnunc

Dear mr. McKenzie:

Your article is more than fair to dan rather , In fact lets say it takes him off the hook in your opinion. You state that Mr Rather was the victim of a hoax.

I do not believe Mr Rather was the victim of a hoax, but the perpetrator of that hoax.. CBS states that their producer Mary Mapes has been working on this story for 5 years. How can an internet forum reader discover a hoax in 20 minutes that escaped this woman and Dan Rather for 5 years.

No sir : I am not as generous as you. It is my belief that Dan Rather was a full partner in an attempt to slander and impugn the integrity of a sitting President of the United States.This is not the first time Rather has used his position to attack those he does not agree with. My only hope is that the next time it will be in a letter on an op-ed page somewhere and not as an employee of CBS. He does not deserve to be called a journalist as he has broken the rules of fair and honest journalism.


4 posted on 09/18/2004 6:51:04 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: quidnunc

Except that DUN BLATHER was not duped into aiding SKERRY.

DUN BLATHER HAS BEEN A philosophical Commie for decades. He's been deliberately complicit in undermining our Republic for decades.

He's a traitor of the worst sort--smiling and denying all the while.


5 posted on 09/18/2004 6:53:20 PM PDT by Quix (CONTACT CHURCHES UR AREA 2 HAVE SOLID PLAN 4 BUSSES VANS 2 GET CONSRV VOTERS 2 POLLS ELECTION DAY!)
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To: tvn

I heard an interesting conversation on talk radio tonite about Viacom owning CBS, Viacom owning Simon & Sheuster (sp?) who published Richard Clark's book, Kerry is doing interviews with only Oprah, Letterman and someone else - all Viacom shows. The point being that this huge (hugh) media company is involved in all these efforts to sway this election. Is Viacom the Dem's "Halliburton"?


6 posted on 09/18/2004 6:53:50 PM PDT by VA40
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To: sgtbono2002

The Kinkos conspiracy includes Dan Rather at its worst or it includes Dan Rather in the cover-up. He has no moral or journalistic obligation to hide the identity of those who were perpetrating this fraud. The fact that he is and CBS is allowing it shows this is bigger than some disgruntled former Guardsman that's a kook. It is hard to believe that the Kinkos conspiracy does not go straight to the DNC. CBS should change its name to DNC or come clean.


7 posted on 09/18/2004 6:55:22 PM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: VA40

"Is Viacom the Dem's "Halliburton"?"

Viacom / CBS should at least have the common courtesy of filing as a 527.


8 posted on 09/18/2004 6:57:08 PM PDT by SERKIT (Proud member of the Pajama-hadeen!)
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To: tvn

Good going...gosh, I hope they succeed.


9 posted on 09/18/2004 6:59:15 PM PDT by harpo11 (Go Team BUSH--Bush Doctrine--A Weapon of Mass Terrorist Destruction!)
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To: tvn


All interested parties will now be able to contact the FCC to request that it take immediate action on the MEDIA ETHICS PROJECT Petition For Declaratory Ruling Against CBS News.

FCC Contact Information:
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Good info.
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10 posted on 09/18/2004 6:59:28 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: SERKIT

You are correct and I am in no way insinuating that Halliburton has done anything but dare to exist. But I think we should be screaming "Viacom! Viacom!"


11 posted on 09/18/2004 7:00:03 PM PDT by VA40
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To: Quix

"smiling and denying all the while"

Unless, of course, they are making little three year girls cry.


12 posted on 09/18/2004 7:00:26 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: sgtbono2002

Mackenzie forgot to mention Rather's reporting during the Florida recount battle...when he had to report on a decision made by Katherine Harris at one point he kept interjecting "as she sees it" or a similar phrase so often that it would have been funny, if it had not been pathetic.


13 posted on 09/18/2004 7:03:21 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: quidnunc

This is an excellent summary of the scandal by Ross Mackenzie. He must have written it a couple of days ago or he certainly would have included reference to yet another shovelful of dirt on Rather's coffin - - the interview with Brig. General (Ret.) Staudt.


14 posted on 09/18/2004 7:08:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Verginius Rufus

15 posted on 09/18/2004 7:10:43 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: freekitty

And some of the idiots smile even then.

Kind of like an evil idiot rapist thinking the whole act is funny.


16 posted on 09/18/2004 7:11:38 PM PDT by Quix (CONTACT CHURCHES UR AREA 2 HAVE SOLID PLAN 4 BUSSES VANS 2 GET CONSRV VOTERS 2 POLLS ELECTION DAY!)
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To: AFPhys

The FCC sent me a routine email in reply to my earlier complaint, as follows:




You are receiving this email in response to your inquiry to the FCC.

Thank you for contacting the FCC. The Communications Act prohibits the FCC from censoring broadcast material, except when that material is obscene.

The Communications Act and First Amendment to the Constitution prohibit any action by the FCC that would interfere with free speech in any type of broad-casting.

The FCC cannot interfere with a broadcaster's selection and presentation of material for the news and/or its commentary.



This e-mail contains an attachment that is in ".pdf" format. If you are unable to open this attachment, it is most likely because your computer doesn't have Adobe Reader, which is the program needed to open these types of files. You can install a free copy of Adobe Reader from the Adobe Web site at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.




I have just sent them a reply to this email to the effect that Rather and CBS are complicit in criminal forgery and lies, and that after considering their response I do not think such activities fall within the description of freedom of the press to express opinions about political matters.

If the FCC get enough complaints, maybe they'll get off their fat bureaucratic *sses and do something.


17 posted on 09/18/2004 7:25:20 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Lancey Howard

Wow!


18 posted on 09/18/2004 7:33:37 PM PDT by Bullish (Tick... Tick...Tick...Tick...)
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To: Mrs Zip

ping


19 posted on 09/18/2004 7:34:26 PM PDT by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans))
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To: quidnunc
I get really sick of hearing people in the news business saying that it isn't all about Dan. It's not 100% about Dan, but he's in the mix. If any of us great unwashed ever tried to push forgeries off on the American public, you can sure bet it would be all about us!

Dan Blather is not a deity, just because he has been in the news business since the Civil War.

20 posted on 09/18/2004 7:39:06 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Cicero
I have just sent them a reply to this email to the effect that Rather and CBS are complicit in criminal forgery and lies, and that after considering their response I do not think such activities fall within the description of freedom of the press to express opinions about political matters.

More importantly, from the FCC's standpoint, criminal forgery and deliberate lies do not serve the public interest. Radio and TV stations, those that use the public airways, must operate in the public interest. That's the law. CBS is hardly operating in the public interest, which makes their affiliates, who actually hold the licenses, in violation of the law. That's why some radio affiliates, those not owned by ViaCom of course, are no longer carrying CBS news, switching to other providers for their "top and bottom news".

21 posted on 09/18/2004 7:47:25 PM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: JMack

I will bet you ONE MILLION DOLLARS he is not let go on
January 12, 2004.


23 posted on 09/18/2004 10:25:53 PM PDT by willyboyishere ( i)
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To: Lancey Howard; Squantos; wardaddy

Good grief, that's a well stacked congress critter! If she needs any help cinching that belt, she can contact me directly.


24 posted on 09/18/2004 10:32:43 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
Is that former Atty Gen of Florida Kathrine Harris ???? If so she washes up reeeeeeal goood !

Stay Safe.......Y

25 posted on 09/18/2004 11:05:32 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Squantos
Or was she Sec of State for Florida ? Doh ?!?!?!?

Stay Safe.......Y

26 posted on 09/18/2004 11:09:59 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Squantos

She can go horsey riding with me ANY time!


27 posted on 09/18/2004 11:10:22 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: VA40

Senator Kerry and his African colonialist wife Teressa just taped a TV show with "Dr. Phil" per U.S. News and World Report...presumably claiming that "Bush lied" about healthcare. It airs in October.

The AWB Has Expired - Gun Owners Have Won Again For All Americans!

28 posted on 09/18/2004 11:15:01 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Travis McGee; Squantos

Save a Horse...Ride a Cowboy as they say.....

I'll be her huckleberry anytime...lol


29 posted on 09/18/2004 11:29:07 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Lancey Howard
As much as that pic of Katherine Harris in the saddle makes my heart beat faster, it's nothing compared to the thrill she gave me when she stood fast in the face of overwhelming pressure and stated her authority to confirm the results of the Florida vote.

I was in my car returning from work that November 2000 evening, listening to Michael Savage rant away, when word came of the press conference she had called. As I anticipated that she was going to allow the clueless, leftist Florida Supreme Court, the Democrats and the media to bully her into backing down, I started tearing up. I said to myself, "They're going to get away with it again. They can't be stopped."

Then Harris stepped up to the mic and said, in effect, 'The Florida Supreme Court says that I make the decision whether or not to certify the vote, and that's what I'm doing!'

It was a feeling that I can only describe in terms of come-from-behind sports victories I have witnessed: Dick Witcher's catch of a John Brodie pass, putting the 49ers in the playoffs in 1972. Dwight Clark's catch of Joe Montana's pass in the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Morgan's game-winning homer knocking the Dodgers out of the playoffs in 1982 (returning the favor L.A. did the Giants the day before). Will Clark's single up the middle off the Cubs' Mitch Williams in the 1989 NL Championship Series, sending the Giants to the World Series for the first time in thirty-seven years. And, yes, Mike Eruzione's wrist shot past Soviet goalie Vladimir Myshkin in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

I rolled down the window, pumped my fist, honked my horn and screamed like a banshee. The sense of impending doom was replaced by elation. It was that big a moment.

Thanks, Katherine. You have a special place in my heart forever.

30 posted on 09/19/2004 3:00:01 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (The Final Score: Buckhead 1, Talking Head 0)
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To: quidnunc

nice


31 posted on 09/19/2004 4:11:51 AM PDT by madison46 (Bandwagon was full when it left the gate - I hope it remains too full for frogs & co.)
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To: VA40
" The point being that this huge (hugh) media company is involved in all these efforts to sway this election. Is Viacom the Dem's "Halliburton"?"

Actually you could call them another 527.

There is one last show CBS could put together for the finale of this reality drama.

Drather could bring in "John Edwards" of Crossing Over fame, then Drather could have Killian tells us the veracity of these memos.
32 posted on 09/19/2004 4:21:40 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: quidnunc

I wish they would lay off the snooker angle ... :-}


33 posted on 09/19/2004 4:29:12 AM PDT by snooker (French Fried Flip Flopper still Flouncing, be careful out there.)
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To: quidnunc
Rather:

June 18, on Larry King Live: "I read the book [Bill Clinton's My Life] completely. And I think it compares very favorably with Ulysses S. Grant's gold standard of presidential biographies."

ROFL! A sick, demented, twisted Dan Rather speaks on a sick, demented, twisted man.

34 posted on 09/19/2004 4:34:28 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: wardaddy
Save a Horse...Ride a Cowboy as they say..... ---

One funny song.

35 posted on 09/19/2004 4:42:04 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: quidnunc
Rather didn't get duped. The longer he can stonewall, the longer he can air hit pieces on Bush.

CBS's document examiners:

1. Emily Will of North Carolina, one of the experts CBS had asked to examine the memos, sent Mapes an e-mail outlining her concerns over discrepancies in Killian's signature. She also phoned CBS and raised more questions about whether the typography in the memos existed in 1972 and differences with other military documents. "They looked like trouble to me," Will said.

Linda James, a document examiner who lives near Mapes, was raising similar questions. The two memos she looked at "had problems," James recalled telling CBS, and she could not rule out that they had been "produced on a computer."

Document analyst Marcel Matley flew from California to New York, and Rather interviewed him on Labor Day, Sept. 6 -- footage that would end up on the cutting-room floor. But Matley limited his examination to Killian's signature, which he believed was probably valid, but not certain -- the lowest endorsement he offers. Because the memos were copies, Matley said in a recent interview, "there's no way that I, as a document expert, can authenticate them. . . . I can't say either way from my expertise, the narrow, narrow little field of my expertise." (link)

2. James J. Pierce said on 9/16, that he was still "in the middle of studying them... CBS is wrong, CBS is wrong". (link)
36 posted on 09/19/2004 4:56:11 AM PDT by igoramus987
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To: Quix
"DUN BLATHER HAS BEEN A philosophical Commie for decades. He's been deliberately complicit in undermining our Republic for decades. He's a traitor of the worst sort--smiling and denying all the while."

Very well said. Philosophical Commie, Excellent.

I worry that their plans are to put their philosophical ideas to action, which, really has already happened. In a free country they can believe what they want, but undermining the people with lies and criminal acts in order to regain power is nothing short of treason with deception.

The average Democratic voter in this country has no idea, their party is actually communistic in beliefs, and that the leaders of their party have in fact, met with Communist China, Vietnam, and Russia during time of war, to influence the war against their country. Deception at it best, or is it worst.

We desperately need to uphold the law against these traitors and start naming names and prosecuting. This will probably not be the case and our treasonouos Democrats will continue with their deception on the American people.

37 posted on 09/19/2004 5:54:58 AM PDT by auggy (http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DownhomeKY /// Check out My USA Photo album & Fat Files)
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To: Travis McGee

Get in line, Travis, age before beauty.......


38 posted on 09/19/2004 6:06:04 AM PDT by OregonRancher (illigitimus non carborundum)
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To: L.N. Smithee

Great post - thanks for that!
Being from Philadelphia, it's a little hard to relate to those sports analogies (we're usually the team on the other side, eg., Mitch Williams vs. Joe Carter) but I share your feelings about Katherine Harris. The guts she displayed in the face of a blistering Democrat attack machine (including the liberal "mainstream media") will forever make me proud. It was definitely pump-fist-in-the-air time.


40 posted on 09/19/2004 8:32:32 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: JMack

JMack, I offered to bet you a million dollars he would not be let go on Jan. 12, 2004 because that date has come and gone. I guess nobody else noticed it.


41 posted on 09/19/2004 8:14:29 PM PDT by willyboyishere ( i)
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