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Texan Involved in CBS Report Tried to Help Kerry Campaign
New York Times ^ | 9/16/04 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and JIM RUTENBERG

Posted on 09/17/2004 8:58:58 PM PDT by The Bandit

Edited on 09/17/2004 9:05:20 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

BAIRD, Tex., Sept. 17 - Bill Burkett, the former Texas National Guard officer who has been caught up in the mystery of how CBS News acquired memos that seem to question President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service, unsuccessfully offered information and advice to help the Kerry campaign attack Mr. Bush, according to a posting Mr. Burkett wrote in an e-mail newsletter.

"I spent some time on the phone with the Kerry campaign seniors yesterday," Mr. Burkett wrote on Aug. 21 in an e-mail letter circulated to a list of about 600 Texas Democrats.

He complained that he had to "get through seven layers of bureaucratic kids trying to get a job after the election."

"I talked with Max Cleland," Mr. Burkett continued, referring to the former senator from Georgia who has been supporting Senator John Kerry's Democratic presidential bid.

Alluding to advertisements by a veterans group that deprecates Mr. Kerry's Vietnam service, Mr. Burkett continued, "I asked if they wanted to counterattack or ride this to ground and outlast it, not spending any money. He said counterattack."

"So I gave them the information to do it with," Mr. Burkett wrote. "But none of them have called me back."

Mr. Burkett did not say what information he offered. Earlier this year, he gained attention for saying that in 1998 he saw aides to Gov. George W. Bush of Texas and Guard officials dispose of pieces of Mr. Bush's National Guard record that could prove politically embarrassing. Mr. Bush's aides have denied his account.

"I volunteered to come back out with more," Mr. Burkett wrote.

Mr. Burkett, who was at home on his ranch in Baird, near Abilene, on Friday, declined to comment.

Mr. Cleland said in a telephone interview that Mr. Burkett called him "a couple of weeks ago," as he was out campaigning for Mr. Kerry.

"I couldn't swear to it whether he used the term documents or information," Mr. Cleland said. "It was some kind of stuff, some kind of information he wanted to get to the campaign, or something, regarding Bush's National Guard service. I referred him up to somebody in the campaign."

Mr. Cleland said he received up to 100 calls a week from people with tips and ideas. "He sounded like he had something," Mr. Cleland said. "But of course, in this business, you go around, every friend, everyone around the corner, has some something or other."

Campaign officials said Mr. Cleland had referred Mr. Burkett to someone at the campaign who passed his message on to the research department, where the message was set aside amid the deluge of other calls.

Mr. Burkett has returned to national attention since CBS News and "60 Minutes" reported last week on four memos reportedly from the personal files of Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, Mr. Bush's squadron commander, who died 20 years ago. The memos said that Colonel Killian was under pressure to "sugar coat" the record of the young Lieutenant Bush and that the officer had disobeyed a direct order to take a physical.

Forensic experts, a secretary who said she typed Lieutenant Killian's memos and members of his family have said that they doubt the authenticity of the documents. CBS News has said it is evaluating their legitimacy and has declined to identify its sources. But one person at CBS confirmed an account in Newsweek that Mr. Burkett had helped with the reports. The official was unable to say what role he played.

Mr. Burkett is an avid Democrat and a frequent contributor to the Texas Democratic e-mail list. His name also shows up occasionally as a contributor of criticism of the Bush administration on a Web site, onlinejournal.com. Asked about his contributions to that site, Mr. Burkett on Friday declined to comment. His wife, Nicki, later confirmed that the articles were indeed his.

His many online musings provide a glimpse of his thinking, including his intense desire to remove Mr. Bush from office. They include some inconclusive references to the possibility of more documents appearing about Mr. Bush's Guard service. Aside from the CBS report, the Pentagon on Friday released new documents from Mr. Bush's files.

Addressing Mr. Bush rhetorically in an article on the Web site on Aug. 25, Mr. Burkett wrote, "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.' " On Sept. 4, shortly before CBS News broadcast its report, Mr. Burkett told the Democratic e-mail list he had a hunch that more material might soon emerge to embarrass the president. "No proof, just gut instinct," Mr. Burkett added.

Mr. Burkett's lawyer, David Van Os, said his client had not fabricated any documents. "From my knowledge of Bill's character, I am 100 percent positively, unequivocally certain that Bill Burkett has not created or falsified any documents," Mr. Van Os said.

In another development, ABC News reported on Friday that former Col. Walter B. Staudt - who interviewed Mr. Bush for enrollment to the Texas Air National Guard in 1968 and who was named in a disputed Killian memo as exerting influence on behalf of Mr. Bush - said he "never pressured anybody about George Bush." He also told ABC News that he planned to vote for Mr. Bush.

David D. Kirkpatrick reported from Baird for this article, and Jim Rutenberg from New York. Nathan Levy contributed reporting from Baird.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billburkett; burkett; cbs; kerry; killian; napalminthemorning; rathergate; tang
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To: crushelits

"Rather's daughter?"

She really IS the missing piece which is so prominent in the middle of things.


101 posted on 09/17/2004 9:59:36 PM PDT by Socratic (Kerry/Edwards - Forging a New Reality)
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To: Arkinsaw

"I wonder how Burkett feels tonight, sitting there watching HIS story suck all the oxygen out of the Kerry campaign."

He probably feels real bad, but he'll feel a lot worse sitting in a prison cell for wire fraud, falsifying a military document, forgery and any other felony they can make stick.


102 posted on 09/17/2004 10:01:08 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (What did Kerry know and when did he know it?)
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To: MagnumRancid

She lives in Texas, Dan attended a fund riser a while back. This according to the Washington Post.


103 posted on 09/17/2004 10:01:24 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: crushelits
The date in your post interested me.

"Rosalinda" Thu Aug 19, 2004 4:50 pm
104 posted on 09/17/2004 10:02:11 PM PDT by steelie (Still Right Thinking)
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To: crushelits

JUST HEARD THIS:

CBS= Cock & Bull Story


105 posted on 09/17/2004 10:03:18 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: steelie

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/messagesearch?query=burkett

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7278

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7268

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7167

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7118

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7079

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7074

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7053

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/7052


106 posted on 09/17/2004 10:04:39 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: crushelits

Could be or Michael Moore - he opens some DNC doors.


107 posted on 09/17/2004 10:04:41 PM PDT by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
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VBS, DNC, & Kerry will all take a massive hit because of the association with this story. It's going to get real ugly.


108 posted on 09/17/2004 10:07:17 PM PDT by KingKongCobra
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To: KingKongCobra

VBS = CBS


109 posted on 09/17/2004 10:07:41 PM PDT by KingKongCobra
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To: BlessedByLiberty

Michael Moore was at the RNC working for USA TODAY, he does have connections inside the PARTY. The DNC LOVES MICHAEL MOORE FOR HIS FARTENHEIT 9-11


110 posted on 09/17/2004 10:08:24 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: MagnumRancid
There's something familiar here....can't quite..... grassy knoll ... lone gunman...a magic bullet

LOL!

111 posted on 09/17/2004 10:09:24 PM PDT by ladyinred ("John Kerry reporting for spitball and typewriter duty.")
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To: ladyinred

BURKETT HAS A YAHOO EMAIL.


112 posted on 09/17/2004 10:13:15 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: The Bandit
http://www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/releases/pr_2004_0511f.html

Max Cleland and Texas Generals Kick-off Texas Veterans for Kerry

San Antonio, TX - On Wednesday May 12th, former Senator and VA Secretary Max Cleland joins the Bolaños Brothers – the only four brothers to serve together in Vietnam –

We are the vets that know Bush best, that is why we are supporting John Kerry for President. We are building a strong organization here in Texas,” said Rick Bolanos co-chair of the Texas Veterans for Kerry. The Bolanos Brothers have organized veterans across Texas for Kerry, they have a database of over 94,000 veterans and are launching a website: www.veteransforamerica.com.

Strikes me that ole Max knew damn well who Burkett was when he called!~!~~

113 posted on 09/17/2004 10:14:23 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: ladyinred

"grassy knoll"

Warn Burkett to, "Stay out da Bushes."


114 posted on 09/17/2004 10:14:37 PM PDT by Socratic (Kerry/Edwards - Forging a New Reality)
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To: steelie

Please see post No 113


115 posted on 09/17/2004 10:16:20 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: crushelits
Actually, he has AOL email.
116 posted on 09/17/2004 10:17:56 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: Dolphy

Damn!
Fine Find.
Are you in your pajamas?

Semper Fi


117 posted on 09/17/2004 10:18:10 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek...But I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: ladyinred

Conspiracy theories are for paranoids right? I'm still looking for an explanation that doesn't involve some type of conspiracy. I don't want to believe CBS has become what it appears they have. They're making it hard not to.


118 posted on 09/17/2004 10:18:24 PM PDT by MagnumRancid (I need a new screen name - its left over from my Doom/Quake playing days.)
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To: Socratic
<<
She really IS the missing piece which is so prominent in the middle of things.
>>
She looks more like the missing link.

Lord forgive me and be with the starving Pygmies in New Genia
119 posted on 09/17/2004 10:20:27 PM PDT by MagnumRancid (I need a new screen name - its left over from my Doom/Quake playing days.)
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To: Yellow Rose of Texas

Martha Stewart is going to jail for a lot less than this. Fry him!


120 posted on 09/17/2004 10:20:38 PM PDT by holyscroller (Actions speak louder than bumperstickers)
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To: VRWCTexan
Continued...

“We are the vets that know Bush best, that is why we are supporting John Kerry for President.  We are building a strong organization here in Texas,” said Rick Bolanos co-chair of the Texas Veterans for Kerry.  The Bolanos Brothers have organized veterans across Texas for Kerry, they have a database of over 94,000 veterans and are launching a website: www.veteransforamerica.com.  “The veterans of Texas are ready to fight to put John Kerry in the White House.  We are tired of Bush’s broken promises to America’s veterans.”


121 posted on 09/17/2004 10:22:42 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: The Bandit

Wow, this is tangled. If you switched the political affiliations, it would be a world-class VRWC. But it's Democrats so I guess it's ok. :(


122 posted on 09/17/2004 10:27:57 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: crushelits

I found this:

http://www.aim.org/media_monitor_print/1019_0_2_0/

<![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>

Dan Rather Pulls an Al Gore
By Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid  |  April 25, 2001

"I made an embarrassing and regrettable error in judgment by going to this event." <![if !vml]><![endif]>

      Several weeks ago there was a flurry over a rumor that CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather was being replaced with Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of NBC's Sunday interview program, Meet the Press. CBS denied it. Ironically, if Rather were going to be replaced by Russert, one Democrat would be taking over for another. Russert worked for leading Democrats before going to work for NBC News. However, Russert has developed a reputation as a newsman who can be tough on both political parties, while Rather wears his pro-Democratic Party bias on his sleeve.

      In a further irony, Russert has come to the rescue after Rather admitted raising funds at a Democratic Party event in Texas. "He got into trouble for trying to be a good father," Russert said, referring to the fact that Rather's daughter Robin had asked him to speak at the event. Russert added that he would probably have done the same thing if his son Luke had asked for a similar favor.

      Rather's full statement was that, "I made an embarrassing and regrettable error in judgment by going to this event. It was a serious mistake, which I acknowledge. No one believes more strongly in CBS News standards than I do, and I have let those standards down." Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, who broke the story, said Rather claimed he didn't know it was a fundraiser, but that he probably would have participated even if he had known.

      In making that claim, Rather told Kurtz that he feared he might sound like Al Gore claiming ignorance about the notorious fundraiser at the Buddhist Temple. Gore had claimed he didn't know it was a fundraiser, but all of the evidence suggested otherwise. The incident became known as another example of Gore's tendency to lie. Rather said that by the time he got to his event, he did realize it was a fundraiser. A spokesman for CBS News said Rather's appearance was "an honest oversight" on his part.

      The flap reconfirms Dan Rather's pro-Democratic, anti-Republican bias, and that he is willing to pull a Clinton or a Gore in trying to excuse it. When Russert says he was only doing a favor for a child, that bears analysis as well. Rather's daughter Robin is described as an environmentalist considering a run for mayor of Austin, Texas. She was a host of the event featuring her father and has been a consultant for David Butts, another host of the event who is a campaign advisor to the current mayor, Kirk Watson. In short, this "good father" Dan Rather may have been deliberately assisting the political plans and ambitions of his daughter. The event raised $20,000 for the Travis County Democratic Party.

      Dan Rather's nightly newscast is already number three in the ratings, behind ABC and NBC. His program may be more biased than the others, but probably not by much. His appearance at the fundraiser tell us three things: he has a liberal bias, he is above the law at CBS, and he's got a liberal daughter who wants to exploit her father's notoriety.

<![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>


123 posted on 09/17/2004 10:30:37 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: MagnumRancid

"missing link"

Yes, I have seen her picture posted. (Great preponderance of paternal genes).


124 posted on 09/17/2004 10:32:35 PM PDT by Socratic (Kerry/Edwards - Forging a New Reality)
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To: Socratic

(Great preponderance of paternal genes).

That's not her fault. :^)


125 posted on 09/17/2004 10:37:16 PM PDT by MagnumRancid (I need a new screen name - its left over from my Doom/Quake playing days.)
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To: jhouston

Isn't this the most f***ing incredible thing you've ever seen in the MSM!? You could write a book about what's happened since that 60 Minutes episode. People, LIBERAL people, are climbing all over themselves to destroy CBS. God, please wake me up!


126 posted on 09/17/2004 10:39:43 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: July 4th

Or not!


127 posted on 09/17/2004 10:40:07 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: cyncooper
Something's afoot. Earlier tonight Joe Trippi was on MSNBC complimenting Free Republic, and Buckhead and TankerKC by name, for their "legitimate questions". Yes, he offered some whacko theory on how the documents came to be, but I and others noted he had adopted a tone of reasonableness. To say the least, it was jarring and I and others figure he sees an investigation coming and coming quick. I ascribe the same motive to Cleland.

I didn't see Trippi's appearance, but I did see his comments about freerepublic on the msnbc blog. He was the only person I've noticed, besides here on this board, who commented that Dan Rather didn't like the bloggers, but he ended up using an "expert" from a left-wing blog!

128 posted on 09/17/2004 10:42:14 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: The Bandit

MEDIA ETHICS PROJECT SEEKS FCC RULING AGAINST CBS NEWS FOR RATHERGATE



Media Ethics Project (“MEP”) of New York today petitioned the FCC to sanction CBS News and its parent organization, Viacom, Inc., for its recent broadcast of news reports based on forged documents.

In announcing the FCC filing, MEP Chairman William L. Whitely stated: “Most people familiar with Dan Rather’s reports have seen solid evidence from various credible sources showing the documents to be forged. Yet, day in and day out, CBS has stubbornly continued to maintain that the memos are authentic. This supremely arrogant conduct violates the public trust and FCC rules and policies. Viacom cannot be allowed to flaunt the Commission’s rules in this manner. ”

MEP seeks a ruling by the FCC finding that the deliberate actions of CBS and Viacom maintaining the authenticity of the documents, constitute broadcasting of falsified, faked, distorted or staged news reports in violation of e Commission policies. MEP is asking the FCC to sanction Viacom including imposing fines and ordering forfeiture of one or more broadcast licenses .

Mr. Whitely added that, “This whole episode must be regarded as a remarkable failure of management. It is truly sad that the proud traditions of professionalism of CBS News, the division built by the likes of Morrow, Severeid, Reasoner, Mudd and Cronkite, have been allowed to slowly fade away. In their place is an organization where unprincipled ego, bias, negligence, partisanship and vindictiveness apparently determine the setting of management policy. Such changes are not in the best interest of CBS, the CBS affiliates and CBS shareholders, nor, most certainly, are they in the public interest as well. Staying to this course, the House that Paley Built will likely become the Network that Rather Wrecked.”

MEP has asked that the FCC expedite its consideration of the group’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling against CBS News.

See a full copy of the MEP Petition for Declaratory Ruling at http://mediaethicsproject.blogspot.com/ or www.mediaethics.8k.com

With MEP's filing, the FCC now has a formal Petition to review requesting that CBS be found guilty for violating Commission policy prohibiting the broadcasting of falsified, faked, distorted or staged news reports as contrary to the public interest.

All interested parties will now be able to contact the FCC to request that it take immediate action on the MEDIA ETHICS PROJECT Petition For Declaratory Ruling Against CBS News.

FCC Contact Information:

Chairman Michael K. Powell: Michael.Powell@fcc.gov ---
Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy: Kathleen.Abernathy@fcc.gov --- Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov ---
Commissioner Kevin J. Martin: KJMWEB@fcc.gov ---
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein: Jonathan.Adelstein@fcc.gov


129 posted on 09/17/2004 10:49:17 PM PDT by tvn
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To: tvn

bookmark


130 posted on 09/17/2004 10:52:17 PM PDT by momofsixgirls
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To: tvn

Howard Stern is afiliated to CBS, he is going to have a fit. Hahahahahahhhhhaaaaa and hates Chairman Michael K. Powel


131 posted on 09/17/2004 10:53:07 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: OkiMusashi

You can maybe trust the WaPo once in a while, but never trust the NYT. They won't run anything that isn't okay with top Dem officials.
This was spin to absolve the Dems -- cut Burkett out of the herd, isolate him, and sacrifice him. Thus endeth the investigation. Don't be surprised is the WaPo takes the hint and drops it.

It's a very common tack that government officials take when backed up against the wall. NYT is only happy to carry the DNC's water.


132 posted on 09/17/2004 10:58:18 PM PDT by stands2reason (Limousine Liberal--a man who has his cake, eats his cake, and complains that other people have cake.)
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To: Socratic

Robin Rather works here: Tuerff-Davis EnviroMedia Inc
http://www.enviromedia.com/

For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2004
For information contact:
Ted Burton, 512-476-4368, ext. 306

Robin Rather Joins EnviroMedia's Growing Research Department
Founding CEO of Mindwave Research named Director of Research

(AUSTIN) - Austin-based Tuerff-Davis EnviroMedia Inc. is teaming with Robin Rather to expand the agency's in-house research department.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have Robin working with us," said Valerie Davis, EnviroMedia co-founder and principal. "It's a huge coup for our clients. Research guides everything we do at EnviroMedia - it's the foundation that supports all of our social marketing campaigns. With Robin's expertise, we'll continue to find new and innovative ways to use research to change public behavior about things like renewable energy, littering, smoking, conserving water and cleaning up the air we breathe."

Rather is the former CEO of Mindwave Research, which she founded in 1999. She brings to EnviroMedia more than 20 years of market research experience and is also well known in Austin as a passionate environmentalist and community activist. She is the former chair of Save Our Springs Alliance, vice president of the Hill Country Conservancy and on the advisory board of Environmental Defense. She serves on the executive committee of Envision Central Texas and as the chair of LiveableCity.

As Director of Research for EnviroMedia, Rather will oversee research strategy, focus groups and manage the agency's research vendors. Rather will continue her research consulting business and other environmental advocacy work from her office at EnviroMedia.

Rather and EnviroMedia have both earned national reputations for their innovative research. Rather has been recognized for her use of new research methods, for creating cutting-edge tracking studies and for her dynamic presentation style. EnviroMedia has won several national and state awards for its use of attitude and behavioral marketing for clients like the Texas Department of Transportation's "Don't Mess With Texas" litter-prevention campaign and the Texas Department of Health's tobacco-cessation effort.

"Robin's experience will help us take our research capabilities to an even higher level," said Kevin Tuerff, president of EnviroMedia. "Plus, she understands our clients' needs and believes in what they're trying to accomplish."

"This is a perfect fit for me," said Rather, who sold Mindwave Research to her partners in 2002 to focus on raising her young son. "EnviroMedia shares my passion for research and protecting the environment. I'm excited to apply the research skills I practiced for 20 years in the technology industry to truly meaningful social marketing campaigns.”


who in turn has hired this company.
http://216.239.39.104/search?q=cache:FxBhcJnBl14J:www.nrc-recycle.org/congress/programinfo/track3.htm+&hl=en
AND
http://www.nrc-recycle.org/

TERESA HEIZ KERRY IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL WITCH WHO GIVES TONS OF MONEY TO THESE KIND of ORGS. NEED A LINK...


133 posted on 09/17/2004 10:59:24 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: cyncooper
"Cleland is now on record confirming that he spoke with Burkett and referred him to the Kerry campaign."

Exactly, it seems the NYT is building the case that the Kerryistas secretly referred the forger to CBS, for THEM to follow it up, which is how this is done. That way they can claim no connection.

Some on this thread fear the NYT is covering for CBS. But I'm with those thinking the journal sharks are smelling blood. (By the way, they seem to be sidestepping Van Os in this piece, though his connections to the DNC are deep.)

It doesn't matter, sooner or later some shark connects the unconnected dots. It's what makes them tick.
134 posted on 09/17/2004 11:01:30 PM PDT by Factfinder
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To: All

Check this: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1218568/posts


135 posted on 09/17/2004 11:02:56 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: cyncooper
Joseph C. Wilson! You know I follow HIS saga with keen interest.

It's funny to see his name come up right now. Remember his arrival on the scene, in the NY Times, when he said about the uranium memo:

As for the actual memorandum, I never saw it. But news accounts have pointed out that the documents had glaring errors — they were signed, for example, by officials who were no longer in government — and were probably forged.

136 posted on 09/17/2004 11:13:44 PM PDT by Dolphy (Support swiftvets.com)
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To: All

The rather out of touch Theresa Heinz

I heard on Rush Limbaugh today that a Kerry Campaign advance staffer (the dudes that case the events before the cnadidate arrives) had been quoted as saying that they didn't allow Theresa Heinz to go to the NYSE yesterday because it was not a staged event and they would not be able to have any control over Theresa's public interactions. Seems the fuss is all about her "shove it" remark during the DNC Convention last Sunday.

Additionally, Theresa is so out of touch with real people that when she, John Kerry and the Edwards went to an Ohio Wendys to celebrate the Edwards' 27th anniversary, she had trouble chosing something to eat from the menu. Apparently, nothing was good enough for her. She pointed to a picture of chili and asked what it was, ordered it and then ended up tossing it in a trash bin uneaten before the entourage left.

And their wondering where that post-convention bump is...


137 posted on 09/17/2004 11:13:48 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: The Bandit

Dan Rather's "unimpeachable" source...

Gotta love it!

The fire's going to get really hot when that starts to sink in.


138 posted on 09/17/2004 11:14:34 PM PDT by DB ()
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To: The Bandit
Let's take another look at Burkett's lawyer

Van Os & Cleland
139 posted on 09/17/2004 11:18:00 PM PDT by nonkultur
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To: MagnumRancid

Greetings to all, from "Walkenfree",in California. Thanks Magnum for the opportunity to help with your screen name. Suggestion: Keep the Magnum, drop the Rancid.


140 posted on 09/17/2004 11:49:43 PM PDT by Walkenfree
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To: Diddley

I've always wanted to know what a "petard" is, and why is it bad to get hoisted by it? I'm just a simple USAF guy, we don't "hoist" by "petards", we "nail 'em" with the "UCMJ". Gotta love the Navy pukes, with the ranks and language from the 16th century! ;)


141 posted on 09/17/2004 11:53:12 PM PDT by church16 ("Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.")
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To: cyncooper

CBS's connection to the scandal is through the efforts of Jim Moore, a man whom CBS has acknowledged working with. He is the author of two anti-Bush books and likely helped get Burkett and Mapes together.

Moore is also a former CBS affiliate employee at KHOU, which coinicidentally happens to be the station at which Dan Rather worked at before jumping to CBS News.

See http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1219653/posts


142 posted on 09/18/2004 12:02:38 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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To: crushelits
Great work today with those links.. did you see this one? Burkett apparently was a "charter member" of the Progressive Populist Caucus of the Texas Democratic Party. His lawyer, Van Os, created the group with this Stan Merriman guy. These idiot Dems are helping us connect the dots by themselves. From: "Stan Merriman" Date: Fri Sep 17, 2004 9:11 pm Subject: Bill Burkett and David Van Os vs. Karl Rove Fellow Progressive Populist Caucus Members: Our brother, Bill Burkett is under siege by the Carl Rove smear machine. Bill is a charter member of the PPC and our friend. Co-founder of the PPC with me, David Van Os assures me that as Bill's legal Counsel on a longstanding basis, any assertions that Bill has engaged in "forgery" vis a vis the now infamous documentation of the Bush desertion of duty as a Texas National Guardsman is total smear with the footprints of the Karl Rove modus operandi all over it. Representing the PPC, I stand with both our brothers Burkett and Van Os and applaud their guts to stand up to the right wing slander machine; President Kerry and many of our DNC brethren can take a lesson from our two populist fellow-Texans who have the cajones to look contemptuously in the eye these ruthless cowards bringing down our formerly proud democracy and tell them to go to h*ll. Stan Merriman Chair, Progressive Populist Caucus of the Texas Democratic Party.
143 posted on 09/18/2004 12:21:54 AM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
Darnit.. here's a formatted version.

Burkett apparently was a "charter member" of the Progressive Populist Caucus of the Texas Democratic Party.

His lawyer, Van Os, created the group with this Stan Merriman guy.

These idiot Dems are helping us connect the dots by themselves.

From: "Stan Merriman" Date: Fri Sep 17, 2004 9:11 pm Subject: Bill Burkett and David Van Os vs. Karl Rove

Fellow Progressive Populist Caucus Members: Our brother, Bill Burkett is under siege by the Carl Rove smear machine. Bill is a charter member of the PPC and our friend. Co-founder of the PPC with me, David Van Os assures me that as Bill's legal Counsel on a longstanding basis, any assertions that Bill has engaged in "forgery" vis a vis the now infamous documentation of the Bush desertion of duty as a Texas National Guardsman is total smear with the footprints of the Karl Rove modus operandi all over it.

Representing the PPC, I stand with both our brothers Burkett and Van Os and applaud their guts to stand up to the right wing slander machine; President Kerry and many of our DNC brethren can take a lesson from our two populist fellow-Texans who have the cajones to look contemptuously in the eye these ruthless cowards bringing down our formerly proud democracy and tell them to go to h*ll.

Stan Merriman Chair, Progressive Populist Caucus of the Texas Democratic Party.

144 posted on 09/18/2004 12:25:06 AM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: BlessedByLiberty
8/23/2004

communications director Stephanie Cutter, communications aide Katie McCormick Lelyveld, research director Mike Gehrke and spokesman Chad Clanton, who heads the campaign's rapid response group

In fact, according to a Kerry campaign volunteer, staff members and volunteers of the Kerry campaign in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles have been in almost constant contact with MoveOn.org staffers, including advanced viewing and reviews of MoveOn.org television commercials, online ads, and web content. As well, MoveOn.org staffers provided the Kerry campaign with opposition research within the past two months, as well as advance looks at speeches made by MoveOn.org speakers, including former Vice President Al Gore.

"We're always running into those guys," says a Kerry campaign volunteer in Washington, about MoveOn.org staffers. "We socialize with them, we see them at meetings, we can't avoid it. And of course we talk about the campaign. In some cities, we get our volunteers from MoveOn. No one has ever raised an issue about it."

In some cases, it isn't just volunteers that the Kerry campaign is getting from MoveOn.org. They are hiring them too. In April, the Kerry campaign hired MoveOn's special projects and research director Zach Exley to oversee Kerry's campaign's website. At the time, the Kerry campaign made a point of saying that Exley was joining the campaign with not a single scrap of paper or computer disk from his time with MoveOn.

But Exley didn't need to bring much. According to another Kerry adviser, there were already so many back-channel relationships between the two organizations, Exley's presence to foster more was unnecessary. "As soon as it was clear Kerry had the nomination, we began coordinating. It's all done through the DNC and the AFL-CIO, which is financing many of the other groups out there running anti-Republican advertising. We will sit on conference calls, but we won't take part. We just take notes, then confer with our folks inside the DNC. That's the way it's done."

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145 posted on 09/18/2004 12:31:49 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: The Bandit
2003 early, Jan: (NSC : RICHARD CLARKE & RAND BEERS LEAVE THE DEPARTMENT AT ROUGHLY THE SAME TIME, THEN GO ON TO BECOME LECTURERS AT HARVARD'S JOHN F KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT) There was talk in the NSC of Clarke quitting just as his self-described "best friend," NSC Senior Director for Combating Terrorism Rand Beers, was readying to leave to become coordinator of national-security and homeland-security issues for Kerry's presidential campaign in early 2003. After leaving the NSC, Clarke and Beers became adjunct lecturers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, coteaching a course called "Post-Cold War Security: Terrorism, Security and Failed States," according to a Harvard Website. ... Clarke's January 2003 resignation letter... expressed no dissatisfaction or concern about the president's policies. --- "Clarke's colleagues say he's lost credibility; Until just before 9-11 nearly all officials were Clinton holdovers" by J. Michael Waller, Insight Mag via World Net Daily, March 30, 2004

JANUARY 2003 : (NIGERFLAP : FORMER AMBASSADOR WILSON SPEAKS AT ANTIWAR EVENT SPONSORED BY "WIN WITHOUT WAR") Wilson Spoke At Win Without War Press Conference In January 2003. “Why risk increased terror attacks on American soil when we can contain and disarm Saddam Hussein without an invasion?” said Ambassador Joe Wilson...” (Win Without War, “Organized Antiwar Effort Grows - National Campaign Intensifies,” Press Release, 1/31/03) via - "SAY IT AIN’T SO JOES? Joe Lieberman & Joe Wilson Make Bold Assertions That Facts Don’t Support, "RNC Research, Republican National Committee, October 5, 2003

JANUARY 6, 2003 : (CHB ARTICLE : DEMOCRAT PLANS TO UNDERMINE THE PRESIDENT : EFFORT TO BE LED BY DICK GEBHARDT) Democrats plan to undermine public confidence in President George W. Bush by challenging his credibility and raising doubts about America, sources within the party tell Capitol Hill Blue. A multi-pronged attack against Republicans and the President will focus not only on economic issues, but question American values, raise doubts about how this country is viewed by other nations and question the patriotism of Bush and his party. The extensive campaign, developed by senior Democratic consultants and party leaders, was launched last week with attacks on the Bush economic plan by Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Richard Gephardt. -----Capitol Hill Blue.

JANUARY 8, 2003 : (SPIES : SUSAN LINDHAUER DELIVERED A LETTER TO A US GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WHICH INDICATED SHE HAD ACCESS TO MEMBERS OF SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME) On Jan. 8, 2003, prosecutors said, Lindauer tried to influence U.S. foreign policy by delivering to the home of a U.S. government official a letter in which she conveyed her access to and contacts with members of Saddam's regime. The official was not identified in the indictment.
[The official would turn out to be a distant relative of hers, Andrew card, who didn't take the bait and reported her instead...]

JANUARY 8, 2003 : (SPIES : SUSAN LINDHAUER DELIVERS A LETTER TO US GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WHICH REVEALED HER ACCESS TO AND CONTACTS WITH MEMBERS OF IRAQI LEADER SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME) On or about January 8, 2003, SUSAN LINDAUER, a/k/a “Symbol SUSAN,” delivered, to the home of an United States Government official, a letter in which LINDAUER conveyed her established access to, and contacts with, members of the Saddam Hussein regime, in an unsuccessful attempt to influence United States foreign policy. - "Text of indictment against American spying for Iraq," Findlaw. com, March 11, 2004

146 posted on 09/18/2004 12:35:34 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: tvn

bttt


147 posted on 09/18/2004 12:35:57 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: jimbo123
Another wacko group:

FEBRUARY 2003 : (CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON aka CREW IS ACTIVATED)
http://www.citizensforethics.org/news/20030719_natljrnl.php
CREW has been active only since February [2003] , so its profile is still relatively low. Yet Republicans detect a strong Democratic orientation. Sloan, most recently an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, is a former aide to Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; then-Rep. (now Sen.) Charles Schumer, D- N.Y.; and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. In addition, CREW's three board members are Mark Penn, President Clinton's former pollster; Daniel Berger, a trial lawyer from Philadelphia and a Clinton fundraiser; and Louis Mayberg, the president of a mutual fund company. 10 posted on 01/28/2004 10:52:10 AM PST by jimbo123

FEBRUARY 2003 : (SPECIAL INTEREST NONPROFIT GROUP 'CREW' aka CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS BECOMES ACTIVE - IT IS FILLED WITH FORMER CLINTON ADMINISTRATION PEOPLE, INCLUDING MELANIE SLOAN, FORMER ASSISTANT US ATTORNEY IN DC) ... CREW aims to counterbalance the conservative legal watchdog groups that made such a strong impact over the past decade. These groups focused their attention on their left-wing adversaries, leaving the right relatively free from scrutiny. CREW focuses equal attention on misconduct by all, including the right. - CREW website *
(* Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-profit legal watchdog group, ....Melanie Sloan serves as CREW's Executive Director. - source: CREW website)

148 posted on 09/18/2004 12:44:11 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa
MAY 2003 late : (UK : BBC NEWS BIAS, ATTACK ON BLAIR & UK WAR EFFORT) Late May 2003 The “Dodgy Dossier” scandal arises in Britain. Ex-allies of Blair and some media peruse the September 2002 dossier finding some faults within it. They link the dossier’s reference to uranium in Africa to the fraudulent Niger documents, perhaps inspired by American media reports above. But most focus on Blair’s “45 minute” claim to ready biological or chemical warfare weapons. In short, the BBC interviewed scientist David Kelly and reported, anonymously, that this expert doubted the 45 minute claim and someone said the report was “sexed up.” (Kelly committed suicide.) Later it emerged the BBC omitted Kelly’s statements that he too thought Saddam had WMDs and that he claimed the loading of CB weapons could happen, but would take more than 45 minutes - not the impression the BBC had previously given. -- "Joseph Wilson, Niger, Uranium and Bush’s Famous Sixteen Words: Evolution of a Confused Story," FreeRepublic's Shermy, April 16, 2004, Posted on 04/16/2004 1:01:46 PM PDT by Shermy
149 posted on 09/18/2004 12:48:48 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Evidence that Burkett was involved in Texas DNC politics

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Texas-Democrats/message/4906

From: BBurkett16@a...
Date: Wed Sep 17, 2003 6:45 pm
Subject: Re: [TX-Demos] Mary Moore [for TDP Chair]

There are many of us out here that fight the everyday battles at the local and regional level who would like to know more about all of the potential candidates for the job BEFORE everything is cut up in backroom deals. I'd like
to know more about Mary Moore and what she can and will do for the party, including her approaches.

I've heard the name of Jim Mattox mentioned and know of Jim's history a little better. John Courage, I know of from a short distance. David Van Os, I know personally. But there are other names already being kicked around.
Believe me, I will be talking with the SD24 folks and want their take on everything BEFORE deals are cut or ballots are taken. That's better for me - better for
the SDEC members and better for the party.

Bill Burkett


150 posted on 09/18/2004 12:52:16 AM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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