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STATEMENT FROM DAN RATHER (UPDATE: Statement released)
http://www.drudgereport.com ^ | Drudge

Posted on 09/20/2004 8:54:24 AM PDT by TheGeezer

Edited on 09/20/2004 9:07:32 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Update by moderator:

EXCLUSIVE

STATEMENT FROM DAN RATHER:

Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question—and their source—vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome.

Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.

Please know that nothing is more important to us than people's trust in our ability and our commitment to report fairly and truthfully.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: badfaith; cbsnews; danrather; danron; dontbelieveaword; forgery; hedratherblather; killian; liar; meastupida; memogate; napalminthemorning; nonpology; rather; rathergate; rathertranscript; seebsnews; stainedbluememo
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1 posted on 09/20/2004 8:54:24 AM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: TheGeezer

Here we go!


2 posted on 09/20/2004 8:54:43 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04
I got my "assault" cammy jammys on. Lock and load!
3 posted on 09/20/2004 8:56:09 AM PDT by OSHA (ARRRRRGGGHHH My hugh, stuned beeber has been seriesly douped!)
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To: gopwinsin04

Here is a summary: "It's W's fault."


4 posted on 09/20/2004 8:56:16 AM PDT by linear
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To: TheGeezer

"ANSWER THE QUESTIONS YOU REACIONARY REPUBLICAN CHAIN DOG". -- or some variation of this.


5 posted on 09/20/2004 8:56:27 AM PDT by mlbford2 (Brothers of the Pajamajahadeen, I declare a pajama fatawa against CBS)
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To: TheGeezer

Bet it gets delayed and delayed again until the Evening News with Dan "Lying" Rather. It is their only hope of a decent rating night.


6 posted on 09/20/2004 8:56:33 AM PDT by rod1
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To: TheGeezer

Rather is still going to make excuses and try to vouch for the authenticity of the story, not realizing that what America wants is a bonafide apology for using FORGED DOCUMENTS as the basis of a report, as well as an apology to the president.


7 posted on 09/20/2004 8:56:45 AM PDT by hawaiian
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To: gopwinsin04

Not until after Rush they won't!


8 posted on 09/20/2004 8:57:12 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Kerry: how can we trust him with our money, if Teresa won't trust him with hers!)
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To: TheGeezer
CBS Set to Release Rathergate Statement

And that would be on what frequency?

9 posted on 09/20/2004 8:57:19 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (POP - Political Operative in Pajamas)
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To: TheGeezer

Dan is bringing Mrs. Knox back for a reprise.


10 posted on 09/20/2004 8:57:41 AM PDT by Bertha Fanation
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To: TheGeezer
The actual Drudge headline is

DAN RATHER STATEMENT SET FOR RELEASE

11 posted on 09/20/2004 8:57:46 AM PDT by Pete
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To: TheGeezer

Dan Rather Forget The Whole Thing


12 posted on 09/20/2004 8:57:56 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: TheGeezer
Ever see Planes, Trains and Automobiles?

Neal Page, the uptight marketing exec played by Steve Martin, has a very appropriate line that may be applied here to See BS:

DO YA THINK SO?????
13 posted on 09/20/2004 8:58:01 AM PDT by Chummy ("I Rather Know when I See BS." RepublicanAttackSquad.biz: "A vote 4 Kerry is a vote 4 Osama")
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To: OSHA

LMAO! 'Cammy jammies'-- CBS assault on my logical senses incoming..


14 posted on 09/20/2004 8:58:29 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: TheGeezer

Okay, CBS. Release it already.

Or not. Who cares what CBS says, anyway.


15 posted on 09/20/2004 8:58:45 AM PDT by Judith Anne (First we were digital brownshirts then we were pajama pundits, now we're the piranha of the internet)
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To: Pete
DAN RATHER STATEMENT SET FOR RELEASE

This will take a while. Mrs. Knox is typing it on her Underwood.

16 posted on 09/20/2004 8:59:13 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: linear
Here is a summary: "It's W's fault."

Wouldn't doubt it.

"We showed it to the WH and they didn't tell us the document was fake. They set us up!"

17 posted on 09/20/2004 8:59:18 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (POP - Political Operative in Pajamas)
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To: TheGeezer
Expect more of the same spin and redirection!

Maybe, just maybe that "Liberal Feminist Activist Producer"(her father's words, not mine)will be the one to take the heat and the fall!!
Not Dan, that's for sure!

18 posted on 09/20/2004 8:59:33 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: hawaiian

Real Story Here

Story Here


19 posted on 09/20/2004 9:00:03 AM PDT by vanburen
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To: gopwinsin04

Yeah, by 6pm we'll have the statement, where they say "we'r still looking into it."


20 posted on 09/20/2004 9:00:04 AM PDT by Huck ("Winners don't need to hijack airplanes. Winners have an air force." --P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: TheGeezer

What's The Typeface, Kenneth?"


21 posted on 09/20/2004 9:00:56 AM PDT by MindBender26 (NEW)
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To: Chummy

My favorite line from that movie:

"Those aren't pillows!!!"


22 posted on 09/20/2004 9:01:03 AM PDT by keat
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To: gopwinsin04

I hope they release a memo...


23 posted on 09/20/2004 9:01:12 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: OSHA
I got my "assault" cammy jammys on. Lock and load!

Turn on the shower and set beeber to "stune"!

24 posted on 09/20/2004 9:01:28 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (POP - Political Operative in Pajamas)
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To: TheGeezer

Drudge is also saying the have an interview with "the source" of the memos that they're going to air. We know Rather was in Texas and Bill Burkett is all but confirmed as the source.

It will be quite interesting to see this interview. Will he make a full confession and explain his motives, or will he press the case that he was only "reassembling" documentation he was aware of but had gone missing.

I suspect the latter. And if CBS lends any credence to that explanation, they might as well gut the newsroom and turn it into a Starbucks franchise.


25 posted on 09/20/2004 9:01:36 AM PDT by tdadams ('Unfit for Command' is full of lies... it quotes John Kerry)
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To: TheGeezer

I thought Dan wanted to make this announcement himself...???


26 posted on 09/20/2004 9:01:51 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: TheGeezer

Here it is from Drudge

STATEMENT FROM DAN RATHER:

Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question—and their source—vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome.

Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.

Please know that nothing is more important to us than people's trust in our ability and our commitment to report fairly and truthfully.


27 posted on 09/20/2004 9:01:52 AM PDT by Pete
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To: TheGeezer; hchutch
CBS set to release Rathergate statement

Another one?

"Pay no attention to the little blogger behind the curtain..."

28 posted on 09/20/2004 9:01:54 AM PDT by Poohbah (If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
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To: TheGeezer

"A third-rate forgery."

"I am not a kook."

"I will be resigning the anchorship..... "


29 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:01 AM PDT by Lexington Green (Follow the money - Saddam to Rich to Clinton)
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To: TheGeezer
"Never mind."

30 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:04 AM PDT by TheBigB (Souveniiiirs, noooovelties, paaaarty tricks...)
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To: Judith Anne
Sure does take Kerry out of the headlines.

Didn't he make his bazillionth "Iraq Policy, I Mean It This Time" speech this morning?
31 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:06 AM PDT by Republican Red (We're going to win one for the gipper...they're going to lose one for the flipper)
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To: TheGeezer; Admin Moderator

Is it possible to get the mod to add a line to the title when the announcement is made?


32 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:08 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: TheGeezer




FEDERAL WIRE FRAUD STATUTE
Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

Summary - If you are found guilty of using Radio, Television or phone lines (including fax machines) to commit Fraud you can get up to 20 years in prison.

No wonder CBS may now claim they are the victims.


33 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:16 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: TheGeezer

Rather's mea culpa

Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question—and their source—vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome.

Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.

Please know that nothing is more important to us than people's trust in our ability and our commitment to report fairly and truthfully.


34 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:19 AM PDT by plushaye (President Bush - Four more years! Thanks Swifties.)
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To: TheGeezer
Dan is gonna have some'splaing to do!

GOP lawmaker calls for congressional investigation of CBS for Bush Guard service story

Originally published Thursday, September 16, 2004 NEW YORK (AP) -- A leading House Republican on Wednesday asked for a congressional investigation into disputed documents used by CBS News for a story examining President Bush's Vietnam-era service in the Texas Air National Guard.

Some document experts have questioned whether a memo believed to come from one of Bush's commanders at the time was fake. The memo from Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, used by CBS in its "60 Minutes" report last week, indicated Bush didn't follow orders to take a physical and that Killian was being pressured to sugarcoat his performance ratings.

"We continue to believe in this story," said Betsy West, CBS News' senior vice president.

Rep. Chris Cox, R-Calif., sought an investigation.

"Despite the growing abundance of evidence that CBS News has aided and abetted fraud, the network has declined to reveal the source of the disputed documents," Cox wrote to the chairman of the House Energy Committee's subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet.

The letter asks Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., to "commence a subcommittee investigation into the continued use by CBS News of apparently forged documents concerning the service record of President George W. Bush intended to unfairly damage his reputation and influence the outcome of the 2004 presidential election."

CBS had no immediate comment on Cox's request.

Two experts hired by CBS News to examine the documents said Tuesday they could not vouch for their veracity. Meanwhile, a former secretary in the guard said Tuesday she believed the documents in question were fake, although they accurately reflected Killian's thoughts.

CBS News on Tuesday said Dan Rather's report did not rely on assessments made by the two examiners, and found it notable the secretary affirmed the content of the documents.

CBS said its story about Bush's guard service relied on much more than documents. But the controversy has raised credibility questions for the network news division and it's not certain if those questions will be definitively answered.

Questions were immediately raised about the documents' legitimacy, with some believing they were produced by a computer not available at the time.

Emily Will, a documents examiner from North Carolina hired by CBS, said she told the network before the report aired that she questioned handwriting in the documents she was shown and whether it could have been produced by a typewriter.

Her main concern was that she was not provided a known sample of the signature to use for comparison.

"Although I never told them, and I still would say the documents were definitely not authentic, I had some problems with the documents," Will told The Associated Press late Tuesday.

Will said she e-mailed a CBS producer and urged her the night before the broadcast not to play up that a professional document examiner had authenticated the papers.

Another expert hired by CBS, Linda James of Plano, Texas, told the AP that she raised concerns about signature samples.

"I really pressed that because I knew that other document examiners looking at the same documents would have a real problem authenticating these," she said.

CBS News said that Will and James played only a "peripheral role" in assessing the documents, and had seen only one of the four used in the report. Ultimately they deferred to another expert who has seen all four documents, Marcel Matley.

West said Will did not contact the network the night before the report aired.

"I am not aware of any substantive objections raised," she said. "She did not urge us to hold the story."

James told CBS News she needed to know more about the documents before rendering any judgments, West said. CBS said it contacted five document experts before the report aired and two since, and continues to report the story. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Killian's former secretary, 86-year-old Marian Carr Knox, also questioned the documents.

"These are not real," Knox told the newspaper. "They're not what I typed, and I would have typed them for him."

Knox told the newspaper she did not recall typing the memos, but that they echoed Killian's views on Bush. She said he retained memos for a personal "cover his back" file he kept in a locked drawer of his desk, but she was not sure what happened to them when he died in 1984.

When contacted Tuesday at her Houston home, Knox's son, Pat Carr, told The Associated Press his mother did not wish to elaborate on her comments to the newspaper.

CBS News spokeswoman Sandra Genelius said CBS did not believe Knox was a documents expert and that the network believes the documents are genuine.

"It is notable that she confirms the content of the documents, which was the primary focus of our story in the first place," Genelius said.

First lady Laura Bush was the first in the GOP campaign to say the latest documents were probably forged.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the first lady was speaking for herself and that Bush felt no need to further address questions about his National Guard service. The White House has not come to any conclusions about the documents and is not investigating them, he said.

35 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:21 AM PDT by apackof2 (Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!)
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To: Huck

oh, Danny Boy,

I am just waiting on pins and needles as to what your upcoming stmts will be. Since you so UNREALIBLE! I will take anything that comes from Main Stream Media as a grain of salt.


36 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:31 AM PDT by JFC
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To: Pete

I still want to know why they are planning to interview from the culprit. CBS should have apoligized to the President also.


37 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:49 AM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: Pete
"We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry."

Game, set, match...

38 posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:57 AM PDT by Nexus
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To: Pete

Too little too late. Credibility zero.


40 posted on 09/20/2004 9:03:14 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: TheGeezer

Have they specified the time or is it another delay, delay, delay such as last time when they finally made an utterly stupid statement -- and whoever wrote it should be fired for their low IQ.


41 posted on 09/20/2004 9:03:16 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Semper Paratus

I'm not holding my breath. I would be really shocked if they said anything even remotely near the truth any time soon.


42 posted on 09/20/2004 9:03:25 AM PDT by meema
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To: plushaye
if I knew then what I know now

The question, Dan, is why didn't you know then what you know now?!!

43 posted on 09/20/2004 9:03:38 AM PDT by Pete
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To: TheGeezer

whatever it is, best we not gloat.


44 posted on 09/20/2004 9:03:39 AM PDT by dep (No, we don't have editors. We ARE editors.)
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To: TheGeezer

Fact is, there are a LOT of VERY serious issues that should be pushed HARD OTHER than the documets. The other issues expose HOW THE MEDIA WING OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY ACTUALLY WORKS! CBS' "gold standard" included:

1. The widow and son were IGNORED
2. Document experts were IGNORED
3. Hodges was MISLED
4. The old secretary was NOT INTERVIEWED until afterward
5. Staudt, who had his character attacked in one memo, was never contacted
6. The opinions of the experts were MISREPRESENTED
7. The swift boat veterans were MALIGNED
8. George Bush's roomate DURING HIS GUARD YEARS, who AGREED TO SPEAK TO THEM WAS TURNED DOWN BECAUSE HE WAS TOO "PRO BUSH"...

And the list goes on. Fact is, this was a HIT PIECE ON BUSH. And just because dnCBS owns up to fake documents does NOT CLEAR THEIR PROPAGANDA / DNC REPORTING!!


45 posted on 09/20/2004 9:03:50 AM PDT by woodb01 (Take out the 'dnC'BS "news" trash... Make dnCBS EXTINCT)
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To: tdadams

So CBS allows the perp to be interviewed by the (willing?) patsy? Oh, good one...


46 posted on 09/20/2004 9:03:58 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Pete

Why didn't he just come out and say, "hit me here"?


47 posted on 09/20/2004 9:04:21 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever ("The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing...")
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To: TheGeezer
I won't waste my time waiting for this drivel.

Last week they kept putting it off all day to attract attention.

Cbs has become an exhibitionist network, trying to get more viewers by flashing.

48 posted on 09/20/2004 9:04:22 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (anybody but Kerry)
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To: keat
"My favorite line from that movie:

'Those aren't pillows!!!'"

"Those aren't real memos!!!"
49 posted on 09/20/2004 9:05:21 AM PDT by Chummy ("I Rather Know when I See BS." RepublicanAttackSquad.biz: "A vote 4 Kerry is a vote 4 Osama")
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To: TheGeezer

EXCLUSIVE

STATEMENT FROM DAN RATHER:

Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question—and their source—vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome.

Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.

Please know that nothing is more important to us than people's trust in our ability and our commitment to report fairly and truthfully.


50 posted on 09/20/2004 9:07:06 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-1986)
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