Skip to comments.CBS to Name Panel to Exam Bush Guard Story
Posted on 09/21/2004 1:22:27 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
Within the next few days, CBS News expects to name an independent panel of experts to scrutinize its reporting of President Bush's National Guard service after its defenses for airing the explosive story crumbled.
Now CBS opens its doors to an outside panel that will assign blame.
"I think it will be helpful, given the attention this story has received, for cool, collected, independent voices of unchallenged integrity to examine the process," CBS News President Andrew Heyward said.
The White House said the affair raises questions about the connection between CBS's source, retired Texas National Guard member Bill Burkett, and the Kerry campaign.
Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart said he had spoken to Burkett at the request of Mary Mapes, producer for the story. But Lockhart said he did not recall speaking about the National Guard to Burkett, and ended the call after taking a few minutes of campaign advice.
Burkett, who did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press, 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. CBS admitted giving Burkett's number to the campaign, but said it was not part of any deal.
Burkett admitted this weekend to CBS that he lied about obtaining the documents from another former National Guard member, the network said. CBS hasn't been able to conclusively tell how he got them or even definitely tell whether they're fakes. But the network has given up trying to defend them.
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Another Communist 9-11 Commission...BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! LOL!!
Here's the panel member list so far:
"Bill Burkett, who CBS now says is their source, in fact is not an unimpeachable source as was previously claimed," McClellan said. "Bill Burkett is a source who has been discredited and so this raises a lot of questions. There were media reports about Mr. Burkett having senior level contacts with the Kerry campaign."
The Kerry campaign has said it had nothing to do with the story.
Burkett, a Democrat, sent an e-mail last month to several Texas Democrats, saying he had passed along information to Max Cleland, a former Georgia senator and Kerry supporter, about information that would counter criticism of Kerry's Vietnam War service.
Cleland said Monday he does "not have any knowledge" about documents used to support the "60 Minutes" story.
Heyward told the AP he has "no reason to believe either the Kerry campaign or the Bush campaign was involved in this."
"A lot of reporting went into this story," Heyward said. "It's not as if one person's account was taken at face value."
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What about Jason Blair?
Teddy the fat bloated Communist GI-American-murdering tool swimmer Kennedy is very saddened, and drunk.
Daschle actually likes his job, and, in SD, he's sinking like a barrel of millstones, so he's playing along to get along. But he's DEEPLY saddened that he's just another back-bench knee-pad Communist...
Forget about it! SeeBS, Joe Lockhart, Burkett, Max Cleland, Mary Mapes, The Demented BlatherGhoul, and the rest of the crooks are going up the river without your "panel". Just shut up and take your medicine!
Joseph Farah WND 9/20/04
When Dan Rather was caught red-handed passing off forged and fraudulent documents indicting the president of the United States for supposedly not fulfilling his National Guard obligations, he resorted to the Hillary Clinton defense.
One of his producers was quoted as saying: "All Dan could say was that this was an attack from the right-wing nuts, and that we should have expected this, given the stakes. He was terribly defensive and nervous."
Have you ever noticed the last refuge of scoundrels is not patriotism, as the old aphorism goes, but labeling name-calling, reducing intelligent debate to bumper-sticker shouting.
I detest labels. Every time I use one myself, I cringe. It's not good reporting. It's not good analysis. It's not good debate to resort to using them.
Whatever happened to the good old days when reporters reported?
Did those days really exist? Or are they just phantom images of a faulty memory?
A few guesses...
On it like stink on kerry...
Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse. This crime needs an external investigation, starting with the Texas AG.
They can empanel a group to investigate but they didnt use one man to authenticate.
And Joe Lockhart does "not recall."
ROFL ............how about Hillary Rodhamten and Nancy Pelosi (The Karla Marx of the West Coast)?
Jimmy Carter will head the Communist BS commission...or a RINO. It won't be Brit Hume...
The Jersey Girls.
The 9/20 Commission. The facade continues
exactly. the panel will chide ole dan then conclude bush lies and is satan.
like Crust on a Pantsuit!
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