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CBS Memo Scandal Results in Firings (Free Republic and Buckhead mentioned)
The National Ledger ^ | January 10, 2005 | CK Rairden

Posted on 01/12/2005 5:47:51 AM PST by AmericanMade1776

CBS News announced on Monday morning that it had asked three executives to step down and has fired producer Mary Mapes. The announcement was the result of a near four month investigation into a story that aired in September by CBS news anchor Dan Rather that claimed George W. Bush received preferential treatment in the Texas Air National Guard.

In part, the story was based on memos that were quickly challenged in the new media as fraudulent. Within minutes a poster on a Free Republic message board with the screen name of Buckhead made challenges to the authenticity of the memos. By the next morning several members of the blogosphere were dismantling the memos piece by piece. Michelle Malkin has a nice round up of the history of how the story was covered in the new media.

The fact that the story was discredited nearly instantly didn't seem to matter to Dan Rather who defended the story for 12 full days. He stubbornly refused to acknowledge his mistakes and still demanded that President Bush answer the "charges" even though the story was falling to pieces.

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TOPICS: Free Republic; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: buckhead; coverup; danrather; marymapes; memogate; rathergate
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1 posted on 01/12/2005 5:47:51 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

They were talking about Buckhead on CNN January 9th on the Paula Zahn show.


2 posted on 01/12/2005 5:55:47 AM PST by mysterio
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To: AmericanMade1776
"The fact that the story was discredited nearly instantly didn't seem to matter to Dan Rather who defended the story for 12 full days."

"I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things."

The moral values of the Left. (They're still baffled by the 2004 Presidential Election.)

3 posted on 01/12/2005 5:57:43 AM PST by Savage Beast (9/11 was never repeated--thanks to President George W. Bush!)
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To: mysterio

It is truly Amazing, what Buckhead initiated here at Free Republic, in changing the face of TV news.


4 posted on 01/12/2005 5:58:53 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( The Year of Freeping Dangerously)
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It's changing the face of the news only in the respect that there will be fewer viewers. Their agenda has not changed and will not change.

Unfortunately, it is FNC that is changing, moving to the left to become CNN lite.

5 posted on 01/12/2005 6:07:15 AM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: Savage Beast

Dan Rather lied, but he lied about the truth.


6 posted on 01/12/2005 6:10:15 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Could someone tell me how to set up a tagline? Any help is appreciated. Thanks)
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To: AmericanMade1776

It was Buckhead and Mrs. Buckhead, who fed the idea to the Little Green Footballs blog.


7 posted on 01/12/2005 6:10:35 AM PST by Paradox (Occam was probably right.)
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Did not know there was a Mrs. Buckhead Freeper , or blogger. Is her name Mrs. Buckhead?


8 posted on 01/12/2005 6:46:10 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( The Year of Freeping Dangerously)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Rather "withdrew" his apology. No one was sure who accepted it in the first place.


9 posted on 01/12/2005 6:51:24 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: No cliches!)
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