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CBS Arranged Meeting (For Burkett) With Lockhart. (Kerry People In This From Start!)
USA Today & Drudge ^ | Kevin Johnson, Dave Moniz and Jim Drinkard

Posted on 09/20/2004 10:31:03 PM PDT by MindBender26

Edited on 09/20/2004 11:17:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dnc; hellzapoppin; joelockhart; kerry; napalminthemorning; rathergate; seebsnews; stainedbluememo; terrymcauliffe
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This is huge. Woke up Fox and ABC friends with this and they (both conservatives0 said "You have got to be kidding!!!!"

Speaking as an old TV reporter, this is the point where the actions of CBS become completely indefenseable.

Arguments about "not knowing, etc." could be made up to this point, but this speaks to malice of forethought and going way beyond any journalistic bounds.

This IS the smoking gun.

Is anyone to assume that Mapes, a CBS employee, acting for the network, did not disclose details of story to Lockhart BEFORE story aired? That is an incredible no no in journalistic circles. Kerry operatives in Georgia disclosed details to Atlanta reporters before it aired. How did they know?

The question now is, when did Rather know this?

Nothing before this could have cost Rather his job.

This could, easilly.

1 posted on 09/20/2004 10:31:03 PM PDT by MindBender26
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To: MindBender26

Interesting.

I think that Fox News shall inherit the Earth.


2 posted on 09/20/2004 10:32:47 PM PDT by Calico Cat (the simplest solution is usually the correct one)
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To: MindBender26

This scandal is so huge -- it's hard to hold it in your mind.


3 posted on 09/20/2004 10:33:34 PM PDT by TFine80 (DK'S)
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To: MindBender26

Yes, you Joe!

4 posted on 09/20/2004 10:33:35 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: Admin Moderator
I know this has been posted in other forms, but strongly suggest leaving in Breaking.

Cannot over emphasize the importance of this. This shakes CBS to the core. Competitors will be ALL over this, as will affiliates.
5 posted on 09/20/2004 10:35:32 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Dan Rather should simply go away quietly, forever.)
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To: MindBender26

The Kerry team needs to be held accountable too!!!Please RNC step up to the plate!Kerry and CBS knowingly altered facts in order to tamper with the election. They are criminals!!!!!


6 posted on 09/20/2004 10:36:04 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: MindBender26
WOW - this is no longer RatherGate, they are in it together ... and we still dont know who the forger is, but obviously must be some partisan ... this is

RatherMcAwfulGate


7 posted on 09/20/2004 10:36:13 PM PDT by WOSG (George W Bush / Dick Cheney - Right for our Times!)
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To: MindBender26
Of course cBS is very dirty and needs to cease operation.along with the wing tip gang showing up on some door steps.
8 posted on 09/20/2004 10:36:27 PM PDT by Fast1 (Kerry for an Islamic America.)
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To: MindBender26

And, after hearing all of this, Terry McAuliffe had this to say:

"The American people already know that strings were pulled to get President Bush into the Guard; and while in the Guard he missed months of service and was grounded. ... But what we still don't know is why Bush didn't fulfill his duty to his country or why he has continued to lie to the American people about it,"

Real smart answer, Terry. Joe Lockhart, former Clinton press secretary and an ass of a guy, McAuliffe, Clinton's hand-picked guy to run the DNC. Are these guys tanking this election to help out Hilary? There can be no other explanation.

And, by the way, when should CBS have to file as a 527 so we can insist they no longer have contact with the Kerry campaign?


9 posted on 09/20/2004 10:37:11 PM PDT by lazlohollyfeld
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To: MindBender26
BTT. The cynical among us - that's me, folks - have been wondering at the simultaneity of stories on this topic from a number of different sources. It's almost as if - well, it's silly, I know, because the DNC would never do anything so unethical, but it's almost as if it were coordinated by someone or other.

Gotta be Karl Rove. The fiend!

10 posted on 09/20/2004 10:37:14 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MindBender26
Heard about this an hour ago on Mark Williams. He's on 1530 KFBK Sacramento. (What can I say, we have weird radio skips in the Sequim, Washington area.)

This is what we figured from the get-go, wasn't it? Boy, the minute the Clintonistas got into the mix, it all got unravelled.

11 posted on 09/20/2004 10:37:30 PM PDT by Grani (It'll be even worse than you fear; John Kerry will ship all our spitballs over to the U.N.)
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To: MindBender26
"At Burkett's request, we gave his (telephone) number to the campaign," said Betsy West, senior CBS News vice president.

Ummmm ... Why is CBS giving out important peoples phone numbers???

12 posted on 09/20/2004 10:37:37 PM PDT by Mo1 (Why is the MSM calling the Vietnam Vets and POW's a suspected group??)
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To: MindBender26
Coffee..check

Cookies....check

PJs on .........check

looks like another hugh night................

13 posted on 09/20/2004 10:37:38 PM PDT by spokeshave (<img src="http://photopile.com/photos/dead/auctions/146584.jpg">)
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To: MindBender26

This is the Democrat's Watergate! Now let's pray that Woodward and Burnstein still have a little fire in the belly, and that they are willing to do their treatment to fellow Demo-rats. I'm not holding my breath, but this could be another Pulitzer for them.


14 posted on 09/20/2004 10:37:42 PM PDT by holyscroller (Actions speak louder than bumperstickers)
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To: MindBender26

ABC is already gleefully running with it. They're going to be the first rabid dog to take CBS down. Per the ABC Radio News headliner: Well, things just keep getting worse for CBS.


15 posted on 09/20/2004 10:37:50 PM PDT by Crazieman (Hanoi John Effin Kerry. War Criminal. Traitor. Democrat.)
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To: Billthedrill

And it just so happened that the "Fortunate Son" advertisements by the DNC were set to air, oh, just about the time Rather ran his story. What a coincidence!!!!


16 posted on 09/20/2004 10:39:08 PM PDT by lazlohollyfeld
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To: MindBender26

OH, I pray, I pray this will be ending up in Kerry camp or DNC being PROSECUTED!!!!
Does anyone have any hope of this , or since SeeBS admitted docs aren't valid, and hoping to move forward with no more discussions? To put it "behind" them?????
I am just scared this will fade away, without the real devils having to pay the piper. And the old Texan taking the fall, the dems getting away with it again, please anyone, give me some hope.


17 posted on 09/20/2004 10:39:13 PM PDT by oreolady (sad and stoopid people support skerry)
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To: MindBender26
"ruh roh" -heard a number of times simultaneously at DNC HQ, kerryistan HQ, and C(ontinuous)B(ovine)S(ierra)offices
18 posted on 09/20/2004 10:39:22 PM PDT by slapshot ("Stanley cups cost too much"- Bill wirtz ( owner of the Chicago Blackhawks ))
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To: TFine80
To give you an idea of the significance, if this involved a publicly traded stock issue, Mapes and Lockhart could easily go to jail for trading on insider information.
19 posted on 09/20/2004 10:39:28 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Dan Rather should simply go away quietly, forever.)
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To: MindBender26

Joe Lockhart, who Sen. Kerry picked
as his Senior Campaign Advisor after he
didn't pick him as his Senior Campaign
Advisor.

20 posted on 09/20/2004 10:41:30 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State GOP office and volunteer!)
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To: Grani

I'm in Florida, but love Sequim! Is the store "Here, Kitty Kitty" still there?


21 posted on 09/20/2004 10:41:35 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Dan Rather should simply go away quietly, forever.)
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To: MindBender26

CBS has just made the leap from Fourth Estate to Fifth Column!


22 posted on 09/20/2004 10:41:37 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Presstitutes beware; We are watching. We have found our voice. And we are strong!)
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To: Billthedrill
Gotta be Karl Rove. The fiend!

Sssshhhhh.........

23 posted on 09/20/2004 10:42:47 PM PDT by kesg
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To: holyscroller

>Woodward and Burnstein

Woodstein are so yesterday. Carl is in New York still doing his "Don't you know I'm famous" act. Woodward will write a book, next year.


24 posted on 09/20/2004 10:44:18 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Dan Rather should simply go away quietly, forever.)
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ERP!
25 posted on 09/20/2004 10:46:45 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (End the culture of death!)
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To: MindBender26

And, The Congressional Investigation called for by Congressman Chris Cox needs to go full steam ahead. We cannot let this die like the "Sandy Berger thing" and everything else. We have them on the mat and we can't let 'em up. I see Dan Rather, Ben Barnes, Mr. Burkett, SeeBS News AND THE KERRY CAMPAIGN all being implicated in this.


26 posted on 09/20/2004 10:46:54 PM PDT by no dems (Saddam Hussein, himself, was a Weapon of Mass Destruction.)
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To: MindBender26
"Burkett told USA TODAY that he had agreed to turn over the documents to CBS if the network would arrange a conversation with the Kerry campaign."

Looks like Burkett isn't going down alone.

27 posted on 09/20/2004 10:47:16 PM PDT by TheCrusader ("the frenzy of the Mohammedans has devastated the churches of God" Pope Urban II (c 1097 a.d.))
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28 posted on 09/20/2004 10:47:32 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Anagram of my screenname: TRUE UNCLE TRUER COCONUT)
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Within about a two day time span, the New York Times, Boston Globe, CBS, and Kerry Campaign all launched a coordinated attack on President Bush.

Not only was it predicated on dubious sources and forged documents, it was clearly coordinated, at least as far as CBS and the Kerry Campaign was concerned.

We have got to go full bore to keep this outrage alive, force the Kerry Campaign to answer questions every day for the next several weeks about this. They are already in near chaos and getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar ought to put them over the cliff. I am ecstatic to hear that it is being picked up by others, just ecstatic.


29 posted on 09/20/2004 10:48:45 PM PDT by Da Mav
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To: MindBender26
This is becoming a routine.

Every day, I keep thinking that this story has gotten as bad as possible for CBS. Every day, I am proved wrong by some new revelation that I would have scoffed at the day before as being too off the wall to be credible.

Amazing.
30 posted on 09/20/2004 10:48:50 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: MindBender26

"Uh oh. I'm not wearing my underwear." -- Dan Rather going Rain Man at this point.

Meanwhile, Kerry gets in a few words with Letterman's extremely small audience on CBS' Late Show




Long live Post 47 and the diehard PJ Brigade!


31 posted on 09/20/2004 10:49:39 PM PDT by sully777 (Our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: TFine80

Rather's indefensible problem now is; he knew or should have known about this, did not disclose it in prior confessions, etc.

This is very serious. ABC friend was just called for NFA comment by a major newspaper. Paper is remaking the front page for late editions.

Lights are on in newsrooms, and phones are buzzing.


32 posted on 09/20/2004 10:50:22 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Dan Rather should simply go away quietly, forever.)
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To: MindBender26

This has turned into the stink smelled around the world.

Nice going Dan. Lockheart just about single-handedly stripped Kerry of any meaningfull press in the last week. Nice job.

Folks wouldn't it be a hoot to call CBS all day long saying, "Hey, I know where you can get some really great documents to take down Bush." Then bust up laughing as you hung up.


33 posted on 09/20/2004 10:51:07 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: MindBender26

> Nothing before this could have cost Rather his job.

??? I think the fact that he stood by these forgeries should have cost him his job; for one of the leaders of one of the few media monopolies to so blatantly put forth what he must have known was false to the world, during an election year, that was quite bad enough. This just makes him even less worthy of his job.


34 posted on 09/20/2004 10:52:10 PM PDT by EaglesUpForever
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To: M1911A1
>Every day, I keep thinking that this story has gotten as bad as possible for CBS. Every day, I am proved wrong by some new revelation that I would have scoffed at the day before as being too off the wall to be credible.

Classic Nixonian/Clintonesque PR disaster. Had Clinton told truth about Monica, apologized, would have blown over (bad choice of words) in two weeks.

CBS knew much better than to have tried cover up.

This is journalistic disaster. What did Dan know? When did he know it? Who else was called? Did money change hands? Were there promises of increased advertising budgets for CBS and CBS stations?

Questions that were laughed at two weeks ago are being asked early this morning.
35 posted on 09/20/2004 10:56:19 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Dan Rather should simply go away quietly, forever.)
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To: Howlin; NYCVirago; Buckhead; TankerKC

ping!


36 posted on 09/20/2004 10:56:24 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Comrade Hillary - 6/28/04)
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To: MindBender26

Anyone remember the letter that Cleland tried to deliver to the President's ranch while he was in Texas... Texas, the same state that the forger Burkett lives in?

Here is a quote:

"This administration must not tacitly comply with unfounded accusations which have suddenly appeared 35 years after the fact, and serve to denigrate the service of a true American patriot."

Apparently, this rule doesn't apply to the Kerry campaign or it's surrogates like Cleland.

http://blogspirator.blogspot.com/2004/09/max-cleland-big-time-clymer.html


37 posted on 09/20/2004 10:56:49 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State GOP office and volunteer!)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

38 posted on 09/20/2004 10:57:07 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Comrade Hillary - 6/28/04)
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To: Da Mav

Kerry's speech given to NYU kool-aid faithful sounded exactly like his testimony on behalf of the VVAW. Put the voices together. He even enunciates words the same.

The one true character trait of Kerry is that he remains treasonous.


39 posted on 09/20/2004 10:57:07 PM PDT by sully777 (Our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: MindBender26

40 posted on 09/20/2004 10:58:34 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Fred Mertz is THE MAN.)
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To: MindBender26

This has been what I've been waiting for; the focus to shift out of Texas and back to Black Rock about this phone call, and potentially other phone calls. This becomes CYA time; people at CBS will start leaking like the titanic to ensure that they aren't stuck to this tar baby.

I wonder if this was discussed Tuesday, before the second 60 Minutes Wednesday broadcast, when Sumner Redstone did this...

14-Sep-04 REDSTONE, SUMNER M.
Chairman 341,500 Option Exercise at $15.25 per share. $5,207,875
14-Sep-04 REDSTONE, SUMNER M.
Chairman 341,500 Sale at $35 per share. $11,952,500

Hmmm.. I wonder if the SEC and the FBI are going to look into this transaction..


41 posted on 09/20/2004 10:59:54 PM PDT by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: MindBender26
One entry found for collusion.
Main Entry: col·lu·sion
Pronunciation: k&-'lü-zh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin collusion-, collusio, from colludere
: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose
- col·lu·sive /-'lü-siv, -ziv/ adjective
- col·lu·sive·ly adverb
42 posted on 09/20/2004 11:00:45 PM PDT by spodefly (A bunny-slippered operative in the Vast Right-Wing Pajama Party.)
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To: kingu

Wow. Did you unearth that, or has media already reported it? If not previously reported, I'm calling friends in media in DC with story, credting you and FR if ok w/you.

Does the name Martha Stewart ring a bell?


43 posted on 09/20/2004 11:03:29 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Dan Rather should simply go away quietly, forever.)
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To: MindBender26

"Lockhart said Mapes asked him the weekend before the story broke to call Burkett. "She basically said there's a guy who is being helpful on the story who wants to talk to you," Lockhart said, adding that it was common knowledge that CBS was working on a story raising questions about Bush's Guard service. Mapes told him there were some records "that might move the story forward. She didn't tell me what they said."


I can hardly wait to hear the ending.........bye,bye Mapes.


44 posted on 09/20/2004 11:04:34 PM PDT by vivabushchick (To ensure we never offend anyone--like fanatics intent on killing us--no profiling will be allowed.)
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To: MindBender26

This is an amazing article. Kerry and the DNC are bound to be freaking out that they were dumb enough to bring Burkett in on this. He's a big liability to them now and he better not be giving away his personal health issues as he did in this article lest it provide fertile ground for decorate an Arkancide.


45 posted on 09/20/2004 11:05:02 PM PDT by Weirdad (A Free Republic, not a "democracy" (mob rule))
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To: MindBender26
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

Shoes are dropping faster than I can keep up with.
CBS is an arm of the Kerry campaign. Period.

46 posted on 09/20/2004 11:05:48 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: MindBender26

Nothing before this could have cost Rather his job.

This could, easilly.


How old is he? Hell, he's ready to call it quits, anyway.


47 posted on 09/20/2004 11:06:07 PM PDT by Just Lori (CBS: Turn out the lights. The party's over.)
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To: martin_fierro

Is that fer real?


48 posted on 09/20/2004 11:06:21 PM PDT by GoLightly (If it doesn't kill ya, it makes ya stronger.)
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To: Grani
"Sequim, Washington area

Is the Three Crabs still in business?

49 posted on 09/20/2004 11:07:47 PM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: GoLightly
Oh yeah.

Dubya knows all about the bias.

50 posted on 09/20/2004 11:09:13 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Fred Mertz is THE MAN.)
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