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RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Statement on CBS
RNC ^ | 9/20/2004 | Christine Iverson

Posted on 09/20/2004 12:43:50 PM PDT by rwilliam

Washington, DC--Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie issued the following statement on CBS’s admission today that memos regarding the President’s National Guard service are not real.

“We accept CBS's apology for a breach of the journalistic standards that provide the American people confidence in news organizations, but some disturbing questions remain unanswered.

“CBS has now answered questions about the authenticity of the documents but questions remain surrounding who created the documents, who provided them to CBS and if Senator Kerry's supporters, Party committee, or campaign played any role.

“Did Bill Burkett, Democrat activist and Kerry campaign supporter, who passed information to the DNC, work with Kerry campaign surrogate Max Cleland? Did Bill Burkett's talks with ‘senior’ Kerry campaign officials include discussions of the now discredited documents? Was the launch of the Democrat National Committee's Operation Fortunate Son designed with knowledge of the faked forged memos? Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that no one at the DNC or Kerry campaign, ‘had anything to do with the preparations of the documents,’ but what about the distribution or dissemination?

“In an effort to regain the trust of the American people CBS should not only investigate the process that led to the use of these documents but they should identify immediately those engaged in possible criminal activity who attempted to use a news organization to affect the outcome of a Presidential election in its closing days.”


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cbs; cbslies; cbsnews; commiebs; danscam; dnc; forgery; kerry; killian; napalminthemorning; rather; rathergate; rnc; seebsnews; stainedbluememo; terrymcauliffe
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Both the White House and the RNC are quickly turning up the heat on the DNC and the Kerry campaign now that CBS has issued its "mistake" and "misled" statements.
1 posted on 09/20/2004 12:43:51 PM PDT by rwilliam
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To: rwilliam

Yes, yes, yes! Go Ed go!


2 posted on 09/20/2004 12:44:44 PM PDT by TheBigB (Souveniiiirs, noooovelties, paaaarty tricks...)
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To: rwilliam

Hot dang, they are standing up for themselves.


3 posted on 09/20/2004 12:45:56 PM PDT by tioga
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To: rwilliam

The lid, she is off!


4 posted on 09/20/2004 12:46:38 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever (The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing...)
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To: rwilliam
Both the White House and the RNC are quickly turning up the heat on the DNC and the Kerry campaign now that CBS has issued its "mistake" and "misled" statements.

And hashing out this phase of the scandal should chew up yet another week of the campaign. Meanwhile, the latest Kerry spin is to call Iraq another Vietnam - so they STILL are hugging the 'Nam tarbaby harder and harder...

5 posted on 09/20/2004 12:46:40 PM PDT by dirtboy (Kerry could have left 'Nam within a week if Purple Hearts were awarded for shots to the foot.)
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To: rwilliam

Twist the knife. They deserve it.


6 posted on 09/20/2004 12:46:54 PM PDT by Janan Ganesh (British passport, American soul)
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To: rwilliam
Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that no one at the DNC or Kerry campaign, ‘had anything to do with the preparations of the documents,’ but what about the distribution or dissemination?

Way to parse it out, Ed!!

7 posted on 09/20/2004 12:47:35 PM PDT by rabidralph (Doing the gloating that Republicans won't do.)
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To: rwilliam

I'd love to see the MSM totally pre-occuppied with Rathergate and the forgery source until the election. Wouldn't it be ironic if Dan Rather's partisanship helps GWB get re-elected?


8 posted on 09/20/2004 12:47:53 PM PDT by Spok
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To: rwilliam

Dang, looks like the gop is about to play some hardball after rope-a-dope.


9 posted on 09/20/2004 12:48:06 PM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: rwilliam

Great job Ed! Right on top of these, hitting the key points.


10 posted on 09/20/2004 12:48:59 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Spok

Doubly ironic especially since Rather's interview with GHWB helped to get him elected.


11 posted on 09/20/2004 12:49:39 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: rwilliam
Was the launch of the Democrat National Committee's Operation Fortunate Son designed with knowledge of the faked forged memos?

Is that a trick question?

12 posted on 09/20/2004 12:50:14 PM PDT by Inyokern
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To: rwilliam

RNC and WH must be 100% on this one; they don't take that kind of risk.


13 posted on 09/20/2004 12:54:32 PM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound by the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: rwilliam
Ed's on the money...

“CBS has now answered questions about the authenticity of the documents but questions remain surrounding who created the documents, who provided them to CBS and if Senator Kerry's supporters, Party committee, or campaign played any role.

14 posted on 09/20/2004 12:54:38 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: rwilliam

"Your move PUNK............"

15 posted on 09/20/2004 12:54:44 PM PDT by OXENinFLA (WHO MADE THE CBS MEMOS?!?!?)
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To: TheBigB

I didn't hear an apology.


16 posted on 09/20/2004 12:55:00 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: jmstein7
RNC and WH must be 100% on this one; they don't take that kind of risk.

Yep... I agree. And the fact that they waited a couple of weeks before issuing this statement tells us that they've checked it all out. It's not some Howard Dean type of kneejerk thing.

17 posted on 09/20/2004 12:55:48 PM PDT by kjam22 (What you win them by, is what you win them to)
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To: rwilliam
"In an effort to regain the trust of the American people CBS should not only investigate the process that led to the use of these documents but they should identify immediately those engaged in possible criminal activity who attempted to use a news organization to affect the outcome of a Presidential election in its closing days."

Oh, YES!

YOU GO ED!

18 posted on 09/20/2004 12:56:04 PM PDT by narby (Kerry - The great whiner)
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To: TheBigB
Here comes the full court press. The RNC is finally making its move. That's got to mean they've got the goods on DNC/kerry campaign involvement. If they didn't, it would be reckless for Gillespie himself to come front and center like this.

Pass the popcorn, this is going to be good!

19 posted on 09/20/2004 12:56:06 PM PDT by Bonaparte (and guess who sighs his lullabies, to nights that never end...)
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To: rwilliam
Apology? Maybe I read the statement too quickly buy I don't recall reading that word.

I want a full Kerry-oki of the Brenda Lee hit!
20 posted on 09/20/2004 12:56:51 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: rwilliam

This whole mess is just a busted element of Fortunate Son, a campaign that has all the earmarks of a typical Rat Party smear "op":

1) Create a "storyline": In this case, "Bush got special treatment in the Texas ANG"

2) Find Rat operatives (i.e. Ben Barnes) who are willing to lie about key facts or make up anecdotes that support the storyline

3) Find (or, in this case, forge) documentation that supports the storyline

4) Recruit willing participants from the mainstream media (Rather) to push the storyline

5) Issue talking points to all Rat talking heads


21 posted on 09/20/2004 12:57:22 PM PDT by Califelephant (50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq now have the chance to live in FREEDOM)
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To: rwilliam

Ding, ding, ding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 09/20/2004 12:57:36 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: rwilliam

Sorry Ed but this conservative hasn't forgetten -

http://www.federalist.com/news/gillespie.asp

http://www.nationalreview.com/ponnuru/ponnuru090403.asp


23 posted on 09/20/2004 12:57:50 PM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I didn't hear an apology.

I didn't hear an admission that they are forged or fake. All I've heard is that they can't vouch for there authenticity, or they've lost confidence and many other weasel words.......

Somebody please show me where Dan has said they are fake or forged or not real.

24 posted on 09/20/2004 12:58:24 PM PDT by umgud (speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: rwilliam
Apology? Maybe I read the statement too quickly but I don't recall reading that word.

I want a full Kerry-oki of the Brenda Lee hit!
25 posted on 09/20/2004 12:58:39 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: rwilliam

Is the fat lasy getting ready to sing?


26 posted on 09/20/2004 12:58:53 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (We have to stop Kerry for our grandkids sake!!!!!!!! GO W)
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To: dirtboy

"And hashing out this phase of the scandal should chew up yet another week of the campaign. Meanwhile, the latest Kerry spin is to call Iraq another Vietnam - so they STILL are hugging the 'Nam tarbaby harder and harder..."

What little time that is spent talking about Kerry will be framed by Bush's upcoming comments about how Kerry is playing up "defeat and retreat" in Iraq. No one wants to talk about the U.S. losing a war, but that's exactly what Kerry is doing. Amazing...


27 posted on 09/20/2004 12:59:30 PM PDT by rwilliam
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To: rwilliam

I meant fat lady, sorry, my pajama top sleeves too long.


28 posted on 09/20/2004 1:00:39 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (We have to stop Kerry for our grandkids sake!!!!!!!! GO W)
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To: rwilliam
Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that no one at the DNC or Kerry campaign, 'had anything to do with the preparations of the documents,' but what about the distribution or dissemination?

Classic Clintonesque!

29 posted on 09/20/2004 1:00:39 PM PDT by trueamerica
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To: rwilliam
As I said on another thread, the White House would only be pushing this if they already have the answers.

Put a fork in Kerry.

30 posted on 09/20/2004 1:00:54 PM PDT by mrobison (We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.)
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To: tioga
Hot dang, they are standing up for themselves.

As we say here in the Bible belt South, "Yes Lord, Thank You so much"!

31 posted on 09/20/2004 1:01:42 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Excellence In Posting Since 1999)
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To: mrobison
As I said on another thread, the White House would only be pushing this if they already have the answers.

I sure hope so.

32 posted on 09/20/2004 1:02:00 PM PDT by hawkaw
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To: rwilliam
Dan's apology!

"We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry"

Sounds more like he's sorry he got caught! ..not sorry to have slandered The President!

33 posted on 09/20/2004 1:02:26 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: sweetiepiezer
...sorry, my pajama top sleeves too long.

Stop, you're killing me. FOFL!!!

34 posted on 09/20/2004 1:03:44 PM PDT by Quilla
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To: Mobties

"I want a full Kerry-oki of the Brenda Lee hit!" (I'M Sorry)

Ouch! Now my head hurts!


35 posted on 09/20/2004 1:04:54 PM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: rwilliam

Just keep Kerry and the news cycles off kicking President Bush. Keep hammering kerry on his flip flops and at the same time have the swift boats beat up kerry. Keep the negative kerry truths coming and preoccupy the mainstream media and kerry will fail to unseat the president.Good deal.


36 posted on 09/20/2004 1:06:52 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (4 more years)
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To: rwilliam
Nice. No personal stuff in that message, no pointing out the obvious DNC bias of CBS. Just a nice set of hardhitting questions meant to keep this scandal alive.
37 posted on 09/20/2004 1:08:18 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: rwilliam
Excellent catch. Now the Pubbies can take the gloves off. The timing of all this is not suspicious, it's wonderful! W's statement yesterday was great, both in substance (his use of "questions" about the docs was a subtle riposte to Rather's insolent "Mr. President, answer the questions") and timing (forcing the CBS "apology" today, or maybe Rove was tipped off the "apology" was coming). Now, with CBS totally discredited, pivot the attack onto the sKerry campaign. I don't know if it's poker or chess, but the Pubbies are playing for keeps now!

Another benefit of all this is that it's becoming crystal clear sKerry can't even run a presidential campaign. Do Americans want to trust such an incompetent with the country, with our families' lives?

38 posted on 09/20/2004 1:09:37 PM PDT by Martin Tell (I will not be terrified or Kerrified.)
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To: rabidralph
Way to parse it out, Ed!!

I'm thinkin' Ed just could be an experienced FReeper. ;-)

39 posted on 09/20/2004 1:12:03 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Ben Chad
"Dang, looks like the gop is about to play some hardball after rope-a-dope"

I would like to see these fake documents referred to as the CBS/DNC fake documents before this flap is over.

40 posted on 09/20/2004 1:12:24 PM PDT by lstanle
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To: KantianBurke

Glad to see you have your eyes wide open.


41 posted on 09/20/2004 1:12:51 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: sweetiepiezer
Thumbs up to my fellow pajama warriors!

42 posted on 09/20/2004 1:13:02 PM PDT by TheBigB (Souveniiiirs, noooovelties, paaaarty tricks...)
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To: EternalVigilance

The RNC Chairman raises some important questions. I'm sure Dan Rather will get right on it, and conduct a thorough, tenacious and independent investigation into the truth.


43 posted on 09/20/2004 1:14:12 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
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To: rwilliam
"Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that no one at the DNC or Kerry campaign, ‘had anything to do with the preparations of the documents,"

How can McAuliffe know this? How can he assert a nullity with such confidence? It can only be because he knows who did this.

44 posted on 09/20/2004 1:15:17 PM PDT by muir_redwoods
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To: rwilliam

Dang. I am listening to McClelland now, and exactly the right (and very relevant) questions are being asked.

"VERY serious questions have been raised and need to be answered."

I wonder when we can expect some answers to these very serious questions.


45 posted on 09/20/2004 1:16:54 PM PDT by unsycophant
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To: Rutles4Ever
WOW !!

I called CBS News at 212-975-3691 and asked "Why Dan Rather's statement did not include an apology to the American People and the President"

Answer: "I don't believe the President wants an apology"

CLICK !

46 posted on 09/20/2004 1:18:32 PM PDT by LiveFreeOrDie2001
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
I'm sure Dan Rather will get right on it, and conduct a thorough, tenacious and independent investigation into the truth.

Yep.

About the time pigs fly, and the Easter Bunny iceskates in Hades...

47 posted on 09/20/2004 1:18:33 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: rwilliam
Who would have ever guessed that Bush's "October surprise" would be gift wrapped by the DNC and hand delivered by Dan Rather, and a month early at that???

Dang, this is good stuff.

48 posted on 09/20/2004 1:20:15 PM PDT by GLDNGUN (.)
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To: rwilliam

Wonderful. The RNC dawg does hunt!


49 posted on 09/20/2004 1:20:21 PM PDT by nuclady
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To: Califelephant

Completely fabricated, like most CBS stories.

CBS ought to die a slow painful death.


50 posted on 09/20/2004 1:20:42 PM PDT by Palladin (Proud to be a FReeper!)
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