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BURKETT MET WITH LOCKHART - UPDATED
National Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2004 | jim geraghty

Posted on 09/20/2004 8:09:36 PM PDT by conservativecorner

A spit-take scoop from USA Today:

CBS arranged for a confidential source to talk with Joe Lockhart, a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, after the source provided the network with the now-disputed documents about President Bush's service in the Texas National Guard. Lockhart, the former press secretary to President Clinton, said a female producer talked to him about the 60 Minutes program a few days before it aired on Sept. 8. She gave Lockhart a telephone number and asked him to call Bill Burkett, a former Texas National Guard officer who gave CBS the documents. Lockhart couldn't recall the producer's name. But CBS said Monday night that it would examine the role of producer Mary Mapes in passing the name to Lockhart.

Burkett told USA TODAY that he had agreed to turn over the documents to CBS if the network would help arrange a conversation with the Kerry campaign.

"At Burkett's request, we gave his (telephone) number to the campaign," said Betsy West, senior CBS News vice president.

CBS would not discuss the propriety of the network serving as a conduit between its partisan source, Burkett, and the Kerry campaign. “It was not part of any deal” with Burkett to obtain the documents, West said, declining to elaborate.

But Burkett said Monday that his contact with Lockhart was indeed part of an "understanding" with CBS. Burkett said his interest in contacting the campaign was to offer advice in responding to Republican criticisms about Kerry's Vietnam service. It had nothing to do with the documents, he said.

Lockhart said he phoned Burkett at the number provided by CBS. Lockhart also said that subject of the documents never came up in his conversation with Burkett. Lockhart said the conversation lasted just a few minutes. "It's possible that the producer said they had documents," before his conversation with Burkett, he said.

At the end of the conversation, Lockhart said he thanked Burkett for his interest and there was no further contact with him. Asked why he called Burkett, Lockhart said he talks to "a lot of people."

The White House said CBS' contact with Lockhart was inappropriate. "The fact that CBS News would coordinate with the most senior levels of Sen. Kerry's campaign to attack the President is a stunning and deeply troubling revelation," said Dan Bartlett, White House communications director.

Wow. Michael Graham's dumping-Kerry theory doesn't seem so farfetched anymore.

UPDATE: So what's going on here? Okay, according to what's being pieced together, Burkett wanted to play Kerry campaign strategist, and to get the bigwigs at the Kerry campaign to use his memos that he, apparently, thought would be convincing. Mapes (presuming this female producer Lockhart is talking about is Mapes) wanted the memos. Burkett offers to trade the memos for an introduction to the Kerry campaign. Mapes calls the Kerry camp and eventually reaches Lockhart. Lockhart agrees to the favor, since when a "60 Minutes" producer asks you for a favor, you do it. (Building good relations with the press and all that.) Lockhart talks with Burkett...

...and are these two men being honest about what was and what wasn't discussed?

Let's look on Nexis for the first reference to "Operation Fortunate Son." We find an AP story from September 9, 2004.

Seizing on 30-year-old memos and memories, Sen. John Kerry's operatives are painting an unflattering portrait of President Bush as the "fortunate son" who used family connections to dodge the Vietnam War and then lied about it... "Two things: One, he didn't tell the truth and that's not going to go away," said Howard Wolfson, a strategist dispatched to the DNC by Kerry's campaign to go negative on Bush. "Second, it begins to paint a picture of a very fortunate son who uses connections and pulls strings for special favors. That is a theme running through the man's life."

The DNC has nicknamed its effort "Operation Fortunate Son" after a Creedence Clearwater Revival anti-war anthem from the 1960s. The song speaks of the privileged few, "born silver spoon in hand," who send others to war.

Bush is not the "senator's son" written about in the song, but he's the son of a former president who served in the House during the Vietnam War.

Former Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes, a Kerry supporter, says he helped Bush and the sons of other wealthy families get into the Texas National Guard to avoid serving in Vietnam.

As a young lieutenant, Bush was "talking to someone upstairs" and trying to "get out of coming to drill," according to newly unearthed memos by the late Col. Jerry B. Killian, squadron commander for Bush in Texas.

The CBS story based on the memos the evening of Sept. 8. Are we to believe that the Democratic National Committee put together "Operation Fortunate Son," in which these memos are front and center, entirely in the hours after the CBS report, and yet had their campaign ready so that these memos are referred to in the first words of the AP story Sept. 9?

Are we to believe that the DNC didn't know ahead of time what was in those memos, and how they could be used to attack the president?

Ladies and gentlemen, I am not a lawyer. Would this qualify as circumstantial evidence that CBS and the DNC were collaborating on using the memos before the story ran?

And would this explain why Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that no one at the DNC or Kerry campaign, 'had anything to do with the preparations of the documents,' but said nothing about the distribution or dissemination of the memo?

Oh — and did no one at the DNC look at these documents and say, "Gee, these look like they were written with Microsoft Word"?

[Posted 09/20 10:30 PM]


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billburkett; burkett; coverup; dnc; fortunateson; kerryles; killian; lockhart; lockhartlies; mapes; mapeslies; mcauliffe; rather; rathergate; ratherlies; seebsnews; stainedbluememo
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1 posted on 09/20/2004 8:09:36 PM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: conservativecorner

CBSnooze: the "news" organization that wouldn't speak to people considered "too pro-Bush," but, couldn't get enough of what Burkett had to say.


2 posted on 09/20/2004 8:12:01 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: conservativecorner
Burkett told USA TODAY that he had agreed to turn over the documents to CBS if the network would help arrange a conversation with the Kerry campaign.

"Annette, can you dig it? I knew that you could."

3 posted on 09/20/2004 8:12:03 PM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: conservativecorner
no prisoners
4 posted on 09/20/2004 8:12:35 PM PDT by Gibtx (focus.........)
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To: conservativecorner
I hope you are all feeding the Kerry Spot, Geraghty is doing a phenomenal job. Not getting enough sleep though. Probably also needs a raise.
5 posted on 09/20/2004 8:13:39 PM PDT by gilliam
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To: conservativecorner

Mary Mapes (as most of you know) used to work for KIRO TV in Seattle. John Carlson of KVI radio was saying on his show that she was a leftwing nutjob when he worked for her at KIRO. Someone at National Review, Fox, etc. needs to get Carlson on to tell this story.

The media act like this is an honest mistake from CBS. This is not - this is a conspiracy between Mapes (maybe Rather), Texas Dems and Kerry's campaign. Mapes needs to be exposed... Anyone who knows anyone at National Review or Fox needs to talk to Carlson IMHO...


6 posted on 09/20/2004 8:13:45 PM PDT by Gustafm1000
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To: Paul Atreides
"Rathergate" is just beginning!
7 posted on 09/20/2004 8:13:52 PM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: conservativecorner

Amateurs and fools.


8 posted on 09/20/2004 8:14:25 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: conservativecorner
Lockhart said he phoned Burkett at the number provided by CBS. Lockhart also said that subject of the documents never came up in his conversation with Burkett. Lockhart said the conversation lasted just a few minutes. "It's possible that the producer said they had documents," before his conversation with Burkett, he said. At the end of the conversation, Lockhart said he thanked Burkett for his interest and there was no further contact with him. Asked why he called Burkett, Lockhart said he talks to "a lot of people."

Lockhart knows his phone records would prove contact with Burkett before the show aired.

This is nothing more than that bug-eyed freak's lame cover story for those calls.

9 posted on 09/20/2004 8:14:33 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: conservativecorner

Who is Dan Rather covering up for? Where did the documents originate? You can bet that there will be an investigation into this. If this goes all of the way to the top of the Kerry campaign as this suggests, theres no way that John Kerry did not know what was going on at all levels of this deceit.


10 posted on 09/20/2004 8:14:35 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: Gibtx

unconditional surrender


11 posted on 09/20/2004 8:14:54 PM PDT by Freepdonia (Victory is Ours!)
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To: conservativecorner
"The fact that CBS News would coordinate with the most senior levels of Sen. Kerry's campaign to attack the President is a stunning and deeply troubling revelation," said Dan Bartlett, White House communications director.

Watergate II

The rest of the media must expose the criminal conspiracy on behalf of the Democrat party or risk freedom of the press.

12 posted on 09/20/2004 8:15:26 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: conservativecorner

I posted this on another thread, but I think it bears repeating:

"I don't know what thread it is on, but someone posted 6 or 7 links to a Yahoo group, and there, in one of the messages, he stated that he wanted a position in the new Kerry administration. He was putting himself forward for Political Patronage."

Could someone document this, so I'm sure I remembered it correctly? It answers more as to Burkett's motivation than just "Bush hatred."


13 posted on 09/20/2004 8:15:35 PM PDT by Socratic (Kerry/Edwards - Forging a New Reality)
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To: conservativecorner
Max Cleland's schedule on August 25 in Texas needs to be fully examined. Cleland tried to deliver a letter to President Bush around 1pm in Crawford, followed immediately by a short press conference. When did he leave Texas, where did he leave from, and what did he do in the time in between?

Only days prior to Cleland's impromptu visit to Texas, he began discussions with Bill Burkett, who is now known to be CBS's source for the forged documents.

Later the same day of Cleland's Texas trip, Burkett announced in a rant to President Bush on the progressive onlinejournal that, "I know from your files that we have now reassembled, the fact that you did not fulfill your oath, taken when you were commissioned to 'obey the orders of the officers appointed over you'."

What time was this rant posted?
Did Cleland help him write it?
Who is the "we" Burkett is referring to concerning the documents being "reassembled"?
Did Cleland help Burkett forge the documents on that day?

Crawford, Texas, where Cleland was at 1pm on August 25, is only 162 miles from Baird, Bill Burkett's home.

Did Cleland make a visit there that day?

Did someone in the Kerry campaign act as a middleman in passing along the information to CBS that Burkett had these documents?

Did someone in the Kerry campaign lobby CBS to use these documents or vouch for their authenticity?

CBS claimed that these documents came from "unimpeachable sources."
Other than Burkett, who are the other sources?
Why did CBS consider Burkett "unimpeachable"?
Was the journalistic fraud perpetrated by CBS so deep and corrupt that they actually relied on the sole testimony of documented crazy person who had already been discredited on kook conspiracy theories involving Bush>
Or is it more reasonable to assume that CBS News would not put their credibility and even their careers on the line unless there was someone like Cleland or Barnes vouching for the documents as well?

CBS must answer the question of how they learned that Burkett now had these memos. Did the discovery of these new documents play a part in Ben Barnes decision that he was now ready to talk to 60 Minutes on air, after Mary Mapes had long been urging him to do so? Is there a connection between this sudden change of heart by Barnes just two days before CBS hit "paydirt" with these forged documents?
Did Ben Barnes see these documents even before CBS did?

Here is some insight into the question:

Rumors about the memos had circulated in the Democratic Party and media circles for weeks; in fact, CBS had used their existence to help persuade Barnes to talk. He told Democratic friends before the "60 Minutes II" broadcast that if documents the network was hunting for were found—and were authentic—"the election is over."

But now we learn that Barnes decided to talk to CBS just a few days before CBS recieved the documents:

During the Republican National Convention in New York, Rather got a call from Ben Barnes, a onetime Texas lieutenant governor and veteran Democrat who has known the anchor, a former Houston TV reporter, for 30 years. Barnes said he was ready to say before the cameras that he had pulled strings to get Bush a coveted slot in the Texas Guard in 1968. Mapes had long been urging Barnes to tell his story.

On Friday, Sept. 3, the day after the convention ended, Mapes hit pay dirt. She told Howard her source had given her the documents.


This would mean that the Kerry campaign -- which Barnes is co-chair of -- got the documents first, then CBS recieved them a few days later.
14 posted on 09/20/2004 8:16:16 PM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: conservativecorner

They leave out Max Clelland in all of this. We can't forget about him. And who faxed the memos from Texas? Do we know for sure if it was Burkett? Does Kinkos have surveillance cameras?


15 posted on 09/20/2004 8:16:34 PM PDT by hansel
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To: conservativecorner

There are nothing but liars here. Burkett, CBS, and the DNC are engaged in diversionary lying. I doubt if much if anything is true except that they had some conservations. They are covering up the bigger truth which is all were engaged in a conspiracy to overthrow a sitting President with criminally forged documents. Any truth other than that may never be known unless some emails show up. You can hardly reconstruct the truth with conversations among a pack of professional liars.


16 posted on 09/20/2004 8:16:38 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: conservativecorner

Sounds like a smoking gun, and we are just at the tip of the iceberg!


17 posted on 09/20/2004 8:16:41 PM PDT by FairOpinion (FIGHT TERRORISM! VOTE BUSH/CHENEY 2004.)
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To: Howlin

I can't believe that this is all coming out..

I hope something can be done to these people. I'm no lawyer, but I hope an arrest or more is in the wind.


18 posted on 09/20/2004 8:16:43 PM PDT by sissyjane (Silk pajamas for dress up, and flannel for everyday-perfect Freeper wardrobe!!)
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To: lepton

bookmark bump


19 posted on 09/20/2004 8:17:36 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: TennTuxedo

It would be in Kerry's best interest to through the culprit off the train. But it ain't gonna happen, luckily.


20 posted on 09/20/2004 8:17:39 PM PDT by Tarpon
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To: Gustafm1000

On one of the cable news shows tonight, they reported that Mapes' father has apologized for her, saying that she has an agenda and is a radical feminist. Wish I could remember whether it was Fox or MSNBC.


21 posted on 09/20/2004 8:17:55 PM PDT by Capt. Jake (Tarheels against Edwards)
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To: conservativecorner

It's high time a grand jury was empaneled to investigate this chicanery.


22 posted on 09/20/2004 8:18:04 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Tarpon
arrrghhh through => throw ... sheesh, too late at night.
23 posted on 09/20/2004 8:18:34 PM PDT by Tarpon
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To: Gibtx

No prisoners---NONE--they all need to go down. They want Burkett to take the fall for them---we can't let them get away with it---No Prisoners, especially the fortunate sons of the DNC.


24 posted on 09/20/2004 8:18:39 PM PDT by wildcatf4f3 (out of the sun)
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To: Gustafm1000

Brit Hume reported today, on The Grapevine, that Mary's father has spoken out against the left wing kook she has become.


25 posted on 09/20/2004 8:18:42 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: conservativecorner
But Burkett said Monday that his contact with Lockhart was indeed part of an "understanding" with CBS.

Kerry is knee deep in this. Operation Fortunate Son (the democrat plan to take down a sitting president) is based entirely on the democrats forged military document.

26 posted on 09/20/2004 8:18:46 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: counterpunch

I like your synopsis/ speculation of the guts of this story.
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27 posted on 09/20/2004 8:19:13 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Capt. Jake

It was Fox.


28 posted on 09/20/2004 8:19:13 PM PDT by hansel
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To: Howlin

Are you up for this?!? Sleepless nights, no showers, canned soup, blisters on fingertips and worst case scenario house cleaning!! I think we are witnessing Karmagate. YEARS in the making, and all the usual suspects, with a few additions, are ripe for their rewards~


29 posted on 09/20/2004 8:19:18 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: Capt. Jake

FNC Brit's show. Brit said mama said dad didn't mean it.


30 posted on 09/20/2004 8:19:37 PM PDT by Tarpon
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To: Capt. Jake

It was on Brit Hume's show, during The Grapevine segment. It will be replayed tonight.


31 posted on 09/20/2004 8:19:43 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: dagoofyfoot

They can't stand it that the American people are "connecting the dots" and they spell out: DNC=FRAUD!


32 posted on 09/20/2004 8:20:10 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: small voice in the wilderness

I was just thinking of this. We need to go into training!


33 posted on 09/20/2004 8:20:41 PM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: conservativecorner; Howlin; Fedora; piasa

"Operation Fortunate Son"

I remember that this "Fortunate Son" is more than an old song. I checked, it's the title of an anti-x43 book by J.H. Hatfield, with a preface by "Greg Palast" who's name came up recently, I forget how.


34 posted on 09/20/2004 8:20:50 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: conservativecorner

I also find it interesting that Burkett stated in his email to the Texas demonRats that he had to go through 'seven levels of kids' in the Kerry campaign to talk to someone about getting a job after the election. He then switches to discussing giving the 'information' to Max Cleland. I wonder if there was any kind of quid pro quo concerning - give us the docs & we find you a job?


35 posted on 09/20/2004 8:21:26 PM PDT by truth_or_consequences
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To: conservativecorner

Anyone have a picture of Ms. Mapes?


36 posted on 09/20/2004 8:22:19 PM PDT by Bronzewound
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To: conservativecorner
What would be the reaction if FNC was used as an intermediary between the Bush Campaign and the Swifties?
37 posted on 09/20/2004 8:22:57 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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To: Shermy

"Greg Palast"

That name comes up frequently at DU.


38 posted on 09/20/2004 8:23:59 PM PDT by Socratic (Kerry/Edwards - Forging a New Reality)
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To: hansel

I vote for Cleland. And Kinko's reportedly has the surveillance tapes stashed in a safe place until called for.


39 posted on 09/20/2004 8:25:43 PM PDT by Mjaye (PNN = Pajama News Network)
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To: billorites

uh, he got caught as well.... ;-)


40 posted on 09/20/2004 8:25:43 PM PDT by madison46 (Bandwagon was full when it left the gate - I hope it remains too full for frogs & co.)
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To: Shermy

Palast - a Canadian Fisk or Scheer


41 posted on 09/20/2004 8:26:29 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: conservativecorner
Dollars to donuts this "coordination" of "Operation Fortunate Son," from the DNC and the SeeBS "memos" was the linchpin or theme for the rest of the election cycle.

That would in their mind move the negative media spotlight off Kerry and on to Bush.

Painting Bush as an elitist would be a good move since they don't have any other issues for their candidate to run on.

The dims must be having baby cows that their plans have all gone haywire.

Now everything hinges on the debates for the dims. It must be a living hell.

TOO BAD

42 posted on 09/20/2004 8:27:02 PM PDT by Popman
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To: Freepdonia

We need to Buck these guys.


43 posted on 09/20/2004 8:27:20 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Shermy

it's the title of an anti-x43 book by J.H. Hatfield,



And remember that Hatfield took the deep six in some motel in Springdale, Arkansas July 20, 2001 ..... Supposedly suicide


44 posted on 09/20/2004 8:28:13 PM PDT by deport (Democrats play hardball at the peewee-league level and then lose)
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To: conservativecorner
There is a thread on Little Green Footballs that discusses the creation date of the pdf file containing the 4 documents.

The pdf file downloaded from Fox News shows a creation date of 02/06/2004.

This story just gets 'curiouser and curiouser'.
45 posted on 09/20/2004 8:29:47 PM PDT by Brizick (Support Term Limits and Repealing the 17th Amendment)
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To: Shermy

I remember the book. Didn't remember Palast's name until you mentioned it, but from a quick search it looks like his anti-Bush coverage has been continuous since the 2000 campaign. I'm seeing he did some stories accusing Bush of stealing the election, etc.


46 posted on 09/20/2004 8:30:35 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Shermy; Socratic
I remember that this "Fortunate Son" is more than an old song. I checked, it's the title of an anti-x43 book by J.H. Hatfield, with a preface by "Greg Palast" who's name came up recently, I forget how.

Right here, just in the last day or so, in a laughable attempt to spin Dan Rather as the victim:

THE LYNCHING OF DAN RATHER, BY GREG PALAST


47 posted on 09/20/2004 8:31:27 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (Calvinism Fever: Catch It! (Or don't. It's not like it's going to do you any good anyway...))
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To: conservativecorner
The CBS story based on the memos the evening of Sept. 8. Are we to believe that the Democratic National Committee put together "Operation Fortunate Son," in which these memos are front and center, entirely in the hours after the CBS report, and yet had their campaign ready so that these memos are referred to in the first words of the AP story Sept. 9?

This is the 800 pound gorilla in the living room that everyone seems to be overlooking. The entire MSM and DNC begin a campaign that makes the Normandy Invasion look like a family vacation and we're to believe that this is simply a "regrettable oversight" by one man, Dan Blather? Puhhhhhhhleeez. We saw several newspapers and television programs go live the morning after the first shot (the now infamous 60 minutes episode) with their prepared talking points about "potentially damaging evidence", not to mention Terry McAwful and Tom Harkin standing up and loudly denouncing Bush's TANG "record".

This whole thing stinks to high heaven and there's a big giant plum waiting at the end for whichever reporter/ news outlet that has the balls to go get it.

48 posted on 09/20/2004 8:31:44 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Shermy

Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival Lyrics
Song: Fortunate Son Lyrics

Some folks are born to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays "Hail to the chief",
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no,
Yeah!

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no.

Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord,
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, one.
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no no no,
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate son, no no no,
49 posted on 09/20/2004 8:32:07 PM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: counterpunch

I recommend everyone review post 14:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1222027/posts?page=14#14

50 posted on 09/20/2004 8:32:53 PM PDT by yellowhammer
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