>>Who is the "we" Burkett is referring to concerning the documents being "reassembled"?
Perhaps "reassembled" was from the "memory" of the old secretary. If you saw her interviewed, she said "she did not type those docs, but similar to them"
>>Did Cleland help Burkett forge the documents on that day?
No, not even Cleland would be stupid enough to do that. But if the documents were presented to Cleland in a fashion that be was made to believe they were originals, by Burkett and old secretary, I'm sure he'd head straight to Boston with them.
>>Other than Burkett, who are the other sources?
>>Why did CBS consider Burkett "unimpeachable"?
Rather's CBS apolgy interview on the web this evening, claims there to be another source besides Burkett for the documents. I believe there was a trio of tale spinners, Ms. Knox, Burkett, and Cleland.
posted on 09/20/2004 6:02:28 PM PDT
I'd add Jim Rassmann to the ranks.
posted on 09/20/2004 6:04:19 PM PDT
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I believe you may be correct on many points.
Just as someone else suggested that it was probably Burkett who arranged to go to Crawford or Waco to meet Cleland on that day.
We do not know the answers to these questions for sure.
What matters is that someone asks them, and they get fully investigated (by someone else besides Dan Rather.)
One of my biggest questions, which I implied by on retrospect realize I didn't ask in certain enough terms is whether or not it is even possible for 60 Minutes to have considered Burkett to be "unimpeachable."
I believe he HAD to have had someone with more credibility -- someone like Cleland or Barnes -- playing a role in supplying or vouching for the documents.
Knowing what has been widely known about Burkett for years, it would be the ultimate journalistic fraud for 60 Minutes to take the sole word of Burkett on these documents. It would be the absolute end for CBS News. There is no way the story could have gotten as far as it did without someone else that CBS trusted highly giving them assurances these documents were legit.
posted on 09/20/2004 6:12:48 PM PDT
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CBS considered Burkett "unimpeachable" because Max Cleland went to bat for him, after the Texas meeting?
posted on 09/21/2004 10:33:43 AM PDT
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