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Skip to comments.DRUDGE EXCLUSIVE: DAN RATHER STATEMENT TEXT
Posted on 09/20/2004 9:02:20 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana
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 questionand their sourcevigorously. 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 whereif I knew then what I know nowI 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.
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!!
Hey, Dan. What a pathetic statement
"nor is it necessary"
HOW'S THAT CROW TASTE, DAN?
congressional investigation bump
Boy, if that one doesn't bring up a hairball, I don't know what will...
It's a great day when Captain Dan eats crow!!!
Rather must resign RIGHT NOW!
NRO Kerry Spot is reporting that CBS will issue more information against Bush after claiming the mea culpa.
Not good enough, Danny. Not good enough by a long shot.
Resign. Now. Grasp some thread of journalistic integrity. Or suffer the wrath of the Blogosphere.
That's really great to hear, Dan...
Just hot air. Cheap grace. And no public admission on CBS News, nor his resignation.
Tell us the source, Dan. Tell us the source! Tell us the source!
"It was an error that was made"
Very Clintonian passive voice. Reminds me of the classic
"mistakes were made"
It was an error made in bad faith and that will continue unabated until we do all we can to further our agenda to destroy the presidency of George W Bush
I just have to wonder WHAT Dan knows now that he didn't know when he did his "investigative journalism" report using these forged docs...
what new evidence has come to light Dan?
He CANNOT be allowed to ge away with this!!!
Neither can Mary Mapes,,this is NOT ACCEPTABLE.