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Burkett: I Warned CBS to Authenticate Documents
News Max>com ^ | 9-20-04

Posted on 09/20/2004 7:24:20 PM PDT by hope

Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Monday, Sept. 20, 2004 10:13 p.m. EDT

Burkett: I Warned CBS to Authenticate Documents

Former National Guard commander Bill Burkett said Monday night that he warned producers at CBS that they needed to authenticate documents he gave them that were critical of President Bush's National Guard record - because he couldn't guarantee they were real.

"Before I gave up any documents I wanted to know what you were going to do with them," Burkett told CBS anchorman Dan Rather. "And I insisted that they be authenticated." Rather admitted that CBS had failed to heed their primary source's warning.

Burkett also insisted that he wasn't the ultimate source of the documents, and that he invented a cover story, saying they came from a fellow Guardsman, when CBS pressed him to reveal his own source.

"Your staff pressured me to a point to reveal that source," Burkett told Rather. "I simply threw out a name, that was basically, I guess, to get a little pressure off for the moment."

Rather said CBS couldn't verify the identity of Burkett's ultimate source.

Asked if he had "forged" or "faked' anything, Burkett answered, "No sir."

Rather personally apologized and said CBS News President Andrew Heyward would launch an independent investigation.

Editor's note:

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billburkett; burkett; cbsnews; seebsnews; stainedbluememo

1 posted on 09/20/2004 7:24:20 PM PDT by hope
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To: hope

The forger speaks. Oh la, la!


2 posted on 09/20/2004 7:25:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Revolting cat!
That was to read:

Sybill, the forger speaks!

3 posted on 09/20/2004 7:26:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: hope
I think Dan arrived early in Texas to go over just what roles he and Burkett would 'assume' before the public; so as to create a story where they both get a little egg on their face; but appear to save some face as well.

The problem with committed lying Libs is you never know where they will - or won't - stop.

4 posted on 09/20/2004 7:31:13 PM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: hope

Ruh Roh Bill


5 posted on 09/20/2004 7:33:15 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: hope

The old plethora of cover stories ploy. That ploy's been around since Dallas November 1963.


6 posted on 09/20/2004 7:34:05 PM PDT by bvw
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To: hope
This almost has to be self-serving BS, from Burkett. He won't disclose a source that burned his credibility as well as CBS.

Probably, he wrote them or had them made and his "source" is as imaginary as much of his other stories about Bush.

In any case, who would rely on Burkett at this point? His stuff belongs on alt.conspiracy with the rest of the lies and tinfoil. If he ever had anything to say he is screwed now.

7 posted on 09/20/2004 7:36:47 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: hope

So that's the Bull$hit story Rather and Burkett put together this past weekend.


8 posted on 09/20/2004 7:37:16 PM PDT by mass55th (It's the superscript, stupid!!!!)
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To: hope

And WHERE did he get them ??????


9 posted on 09/20/2004 7:37:41 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Revolting cat!

Looks like "CYA Memo Number Two" is being worked up, doesn't it?


10 posted on 09/20/2004 7:39:37 PM PDT by ErnBatavia ("Dork"; a 60's term for a 60's kinda guy: JFK)
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To: hope

Hey Burkett, I hope you like a double scoop of prison manrape. Maybe you forgot that forging federal documents is illegal. You copped to it. sucker.


11 posted on 09/20/2004 7:45:23 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("It Takes A Zippo To Raze A Village: The John Kerry Story")
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To: hope

It seems beyond belief that the feds haven't gotten involved since this is clearly a conspiracy to subvert a federal election. Or do we need a congressional investigation? Hannity and Colmes indicated that Rather's producer called Kerry's campaign headquarters to say they had damaging Guard docs. on Bush. Collusion? And yes, Rather ran home to Texas to get tories straight with Burkett...and maybe Robin and/or Barnes?


12 posted on 09/20/2004 7:46:36 PM PDT by hershey
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To: hope
We just have to keep them talking:

Burkett: I warned CBS. I didn't forge anything. I got 'em from someone else.

Cleland: Burkett talked to me an I said we needed to play hardball

Coehlo: DNC had the memos before Sept 8 but thought they were fake.

CBS: We got 'em from an unimpeachable source.

There's loose strings hanging out all over the place. Keep talkin' guys.

13 posted on 09/20/2004 7:46:50 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: hope
What a frickin coward!

First he lobs hand grenades behind a wall of media protection and anonymity, and when the wall collapses and he is exposed he points the finger at Daddy CBS.

14 posted on 09/20/2004 7:48:00 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: hope

LMAO thats it ??? what a joke.


15 posted on 09/20/2004 7:50:13 PM PDT by Fast1 (Kerry for an Islamic America.)
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To: Revolting cat!
The forger and liar speaks.

This is good. Keep him talking to the American people for the next 6 weeks ... Then launch a full blown criminal investigation using the RICO statutes.

16 posted on 09/20/2004 7:52:22 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: cricket
I think Dan arrived early in Texas to go over just what roles he and Burkett would 'assume' before the public; so as to create a story where they both get a little egg on their face; but appear to save some face as well.

Oh, you took the words right out of my mouth. My thoughts exactly.

17 posted on 09/20/2004 7:53:34 PM PDT by Log
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To: Log
"Oh, you took the words right out of my mouth. My thoughts exactly."

LOL and for sure. . .you can feel the choreographing going on. . .

Take your places and remember your lines! And with more people getting into the 'act'; as we speak. . .

18 posted on 09/20/2004 8:10:36 PM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: uncbob
And WHERE did he get them ??????

Yes, that question must be answered. And also this one: Who put CBS in contact with Burkett? Surely Burkett is not the unimpeachable source Dan Rather referred to earlier in the story.

19 posted on 09/20/2004 8:11:17 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: hope

Wow. If CBS doesn't fire Rather now, then CBS is even more corrupt and politicized than I imagined. And I thought my opinion of that clown outfit couldn't get any lower. Phwewwww....!


20 posted on 09/20/2004 8:16:32 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: hope
Maybe someone should thank Burkett, Rather and CBS for the positive message that their failed attempt to discredit President Bush has given to the world. Certainly such widespread attention to the lack of proof in the allegations against the President would not have been given such coverage by the MSM if it were not for Rather and his associates, whoever they are.
21 posted on 09/20/2004 8:45:11 PM PDT by priority
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To: hershey

"It seems beyond belief that the feds haven't gotten involved since this is clearly a conspiracy to subvert a federal election."

No, no, the minute an investigation is laucnched with CBS and their meery gang as persons of interest. All we will ever get is: On the advice of council we cannot discuss an ongoing legal matter.


22 posted on 09/20/2004 8:49:12 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: uncbob

"And WHERE did he get them ??????"

See http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1222014/posts?q=1&&page=65#65 for his new source story.


23 posted on 09/20/2004 9:59:14 PM PDT by rwilliam
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To: hope
based on the scraps of evidence ... plausible theory:

DNC or some partisan operative with DNC/MoveOn/Kerry fed the documents to Burkett, then let CBS know where to look

Spectator says the DNC had documents for 6 weeks ... they didnt know what to do with them, maybe thought they were fake but also 'useful', so they finally sent them to Burkett. Cleland contact with Burkett was the conduit. Then they sicced their friends at CBS on Burkett and got Barnes to open up the "Fortunate Son" front.

We'd know if this is true or not, but CBS HASNT TOLD US EVERYTHING THEY KNOW. THEY KNEW TO ASK BURKETT FOR THE DOCS - HOW AND WHY? WHO TOLD THEM?

24 posted on 09/20/2004 10:56:46 PM PDT by WOSG (George W Bush / Dick Cheney - Right for our Times!)
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