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  • Still at it: Dan Rather insists Bush’s National Guard service in question (with Video)

    04/30/2012 10:54:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 91 replies
    The ^ | 4-30-2012 | Jeff Poor
    It’s been nearly eight years since Dan Rather’s long career at CBS came to a close after he ran a story that could have derailed President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection. Instead, the story about Bush’s supposedly questionable National Guard service wound up giving the media a black eye after some of the documents used to in the report turned out to be fake. Nonetheless, Rather is still at it, making the case that he was in the right and that the only reason he was forced out at CBS was because of pressure from his corporate superiors. Rather made...
  • CBS News' Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted During Egypt Protests

    02/15/2011 1:23:29 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 443 replies
    <p>On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.</p>
  • Lara Logan Attacked, Sexually Assaulted In Egypt (CBS Reporter)

    02/15/2011 1:25:48 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 135 replies · 1+ views
    TV Newser ^ | Feb. 15, 2011 | Alex Werpin
    CBS News says that correspondent Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted last Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square while filming a piece for “60 Minutes.” From the CBS News statement: On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS Correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew....
  • Another outbreak of Democrat anti-troop hatred

    11/06/2006 6:41:54 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies · 2,541+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | November 06, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    I wrote last week that we'd see more outbreaks of anti-military vandalism leading up to Election Day. In upstate New York on Halloween eve, "(expletive) Bush" and a depiction of a penis were scrawled on the 20-by-40-foot flag and similar pictures in the same shade of green were painted on the American Legion Mohawk Post. Now there's this despicable act in Boise, Idaho reportedly committed by the sons of a state Democrat legislator: Police arrested 24-year old Michael Burkett of Boise early Sunday morning after officers with Capitol Mall Security reported spotting him vandalizing two flag polls on the grounds...
  • (Dem) State Senator's sons accused of vandalizing memorial for Iraq war casualties

    11/06/2006 11:57:48 AM PST · by Keyes2000mt · 94 replies · 4,521+ views
    Fox 12 ^ | 11/06/2006
    Boise, Idaho -- Police arrested 24-year old Michael Burkett of Boise early Sunday morning after officers with Capitol Mall Security reported spotting him vandalizing two flag polls on the grounds of the Idaho Statehouse. The flags are memorials to soldiers who lost their lives in the war on terror. "It's certainly upsetting, not just to officers but for any citizen of this county who knows somebody who lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan," Lt. Ron Winegar said of the ongoing investigation. Burkett was charged with resisting arrest and Malicious Injury to Property. He and his 22-year-old brother, Tom Burkett,...
  • Mary Mapes Names Names [tries to trash FreeRepublic]

    11/10/2005 5:34:54 AM PST · by shhrubbery! · 355 replies · 10,516+ views
    INDC Journal ^ | 11/9/05 | Bill Ardolino
    November 09, 2005 Mary Mapes Names Names ("Anonymous" Ones) Posted by Bill An excerpt from page 201 of her new book: Within minutes of Buckhead's original posting, Freepers began to repeat and embellish Buckhead's thoughts. Not surprisingly, they all agreed with him, they all agreed with one another, and they all agreed this should be pursued aggressively. Freethinkers they are not. The Freepers and their lockstep like-minded fellow travelers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim. CBS was like some sunburned, overweight Florida tourist with a cut foot, floundering and flapping...
  • James Moore: The Most Important Criminal Case in American History (stunning hyperbole!)

    10/21/2005 12:56:43 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 44 replies · 1,789+ views
    YahooNews/HuffPost ^ | 10-20-05 | James Moore
    If special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald delivers indictments of a few functionaries of the vice president’s office or the White House, we are likely to have on our hands a constitutional crisis. The evidence of widespread wrongdoing and conspiracy is before every American with a cheap laptop and a cable television subscription. And we do not have the same powers of subpoena granted to Fitzgerald. We know, however, based upon what we have read and seen and heard that someone created fake documents related to Niger and Iraq and used them as a false pretense to launch America into an invasion...
  • Who Was the CBS Forger? - (Why no investigation?)

    04/14/2005 9:52:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 830+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | APRIL 15, 2005 | SHERRIE GOSSETT
    Now that the brouhaha over Dan Rather's "Memogate" scandal is no longer front-and-center in the national media, one has to wonder why there's been no closure to the issue of the documents themselves. Bill Burkett, the supplier of the documents to CBS, changed his story on the source of the documents, ultimately claiming that one "Lucy Ramirez" gave them to him. No one even knows who Lucy Ramirez is, if she exists of if she's another figment of Burkett's imagination. Surely, a scoop on where the documents came from would be huge. Reporters, even those at CBS could be working...
  • CBS News’ Boss Hired Private Eye To Source Memos

    02/23/2005 6:50:07 AM PST · by Pikamax · 52 replies · 1,669+ views
    NYOBSERVER ^ | 02/23/05 | Joe Hagan
    CBS News’ Boss Hired Private Eye To Source Memos by Joe Hagan On Sept. 20 of last year, CBS announced that it was employing an independent panel to investigate how 60 Minutes Wednesday had ended up relying on shaky-looking memos in its segment about President Bush’s past service in the Texas Air National Guard. The investigators, CBS said, would "determine what errors occurred in the preparation of the report and what actions need to be taken." Five days later, CBS launched another inquiry into the memo scandal. The network hired a private investigator named Erik T. Rigler, a former F.B.I....
  • Bill Burkett Returns, Warns of Lawsuit Against CBS

    02/21/2005 11:16:23 PM PST · by · 51 replies · 1,675+ views ^ | February 22, 2005 |
    Bill Burkett, the former Texas national guardsman who provided CBS with the bogus documents it used to allege that President Bush evaded the draft and used family connections to cover up his shoddy military service, spoke out against the network in a 2,600-word letter addressed to the quasi-independent panel which CBS had appointed to investigate the whole Memogate affair. In the letter, which the panel's legal representative confirmed receiving, Burkett says that CBS blamed him for its own failures in order to minimize the damage to its own reputation. He also continues to stand by his revised explanation of how...
  • War in CBS

    02/15/2005 7:46:13 PM PST · by Anti-Christ is Hillary · 29 replies · 1,424+ views
    DrudgeReport ^ | 2-15-05 | DrudgeReport
    THE NEW YORK OBSERVER will report tomorrow: 'Former 60 Minutes Wednesday executive editor Josh Howard has told colleagues that before he resigns, the 23-year CBS News veteran will demand that the network retract remarks by CBS president Leslie Moonves, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name'... In the event of a lawsuit, Mr. Howard has told associates that he would like to see Moonves put under oath to talk about his own roles in the network's stubborn, hapless defense of the flawed segment on President Bush's National Guard service. Howard has also indicated to colleagues that he...
  • American Who Ran Afghan Jail Says He Sourced CBS

    09/22/2004 9:46:28 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 45 replies · 2,033+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | September 22, 2004 | Joe Hagan
    In a week in which it was burnt by at least one high-profile source, CBS News is being accused by another of having used and abandoned him. The Observer has learned that CBS News and Dan Rather made use of Jonathan (Jack) Idema, a former Green Beret, mercenary and rogue soldier, who was tried and sentenced on Sept. 15 to 10 years in an Afghan prison for operating a private jail and torturing civilians he claimed were Al Qaeda operatives. Mr. Idema is now accusing CBS News of abandoning him after having what appears to have been an ad hoc...
  • B. G. Burkett on CSPAN

    10/24/2004 12:23:53 PM PDT · by Bearshouse · 124 replies · 3,398+ views
    10/25/04 | Bearshouse
    B. G. Burkett, Author of "Stolen Valor" is currently on CSPAN and made the statement that he expects a major revelation about John Kerry's military records in the next few days.
  • Bill of Indictment - CBS and the Growing Evidence Tampering Checklis

    10/06/2004 6:23:31 PM PDT · by dalight · 16 replies · 652+ views ^ | 10/05/04 | BummerDietz
    As Memogate moves out of the journalistic fiasco phase and into a more legalistic phase, the strength of CBS Legal’s Felony Abatement Plan (also known to prosecutors as ‘tampering’) will be put to test. There is ample evidence of criminal intent by CBS both pre-broadcast and post-broadcast. One as-yet unrealized consequence (other than to CBS Legal) is that communications between a lawyer and client are no longer privileged when the subject matter is furthering a crime or a fraud. The Texas forgery code provides that publication of two or more fake government documents is a felony. Hence, discussions between CBS...
  • Central Texas radio station to dump CBS News

    10/06/2004 3:06:25 PM PDT · by fidelio · 26 replies · 1,046+ views
    Associated Press | 6 Oct 04 | Fidelio
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas radio station is severing its ties with CBS News after receiving hundreds of complaints about the network's coverage of President Bush's military record. Bryan-College Station radio station WTAW will begin airing national news from ABC within 90 days, station manager Ben Downs said. About 350 people wrote to the station to complain about CBS' discredited "60 Minutes" report on Bush's National Guard service. The network's Sept. 8 report centered on questionable memos that suggested Bush got preferential treatment because of his family ties. Anchor Dan Rather later offered an on-air apology on...
  • Inquiry Into CBS Unlikely to Finish Before Election

    10/06/2004 6:01:04 AM PDT · by OESY · 26 replies · 619+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2004 | JOE FLINT
    CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said the independent panel investigating the network's report on President Bush's National Guard service probably wouldn't complete its work before the presidential election. The Sept. 8 report on CBS's "60 Minutes" news magazine relied on now-discredited documents. While the scrutiny of Viacom Inc.'s CBS has faded somewhat, some media pundits warn that the longer the panel's inquiry takes, the more unsettled it leaves CBS. And against the argument that the report should come after the election to avoid any unintended influence or distraction, some counter that a delay makes the network seem to be dragging its...

    10/05/2004 8:39:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 784+ views
    JB WILLIAMS.COM ^ | OCTOBER 5, 2004 | JB WILLIAMS How to support Kerry for President Written by JB Williams ©2004-10-05 In order to cast a vote for John Kerry, you first have to believe he is fit to be Commander-in-Chief. Now some don’t believe he is, namely 95% of all the decorated vets who served beside him in Vietnam, more than 70% of all living retired military personnel, and more than 80% of those serving in combat today. But what do they know? Besides, as the Democratic Party points out at every opportunity, what Right do these people (who spill their blood for our freedom) have to speak...
  • Duplicity of Rather, Burkett, Hailey, et al trying to “prove” that the CBS memos are valid (Vanity)

    10/04/2004 9:45:53 PM PDT · by Diddley · 12 replies · 488+ views
    Oct 4, 2004 | Diddley
    In order for the memos to be “valid”, Killian would have had to: 1) Reject perfectly good, regular typewriters that were available to his unit and in general, that typed all other documents at the time. 2) Make extraordinary efforts to get equipment that – it is virtually certain – weren’t commonly available at that time. 3) Want to create (and thought about creating) 6 documents that were totally different from any others at the time. 4) Make documents that were different from any other then-contemporary documents. 5) Go through extreme Rube Goldberg contortions to make the documents (which even...

    10/01/2004 10:35:57 PM PDT · by Snapple · 10 replies · 522+ views
    Bill Burkett's Blot ^ | September 30, 2004 | Burkett Burkett VS CBS This is Burkett's Blog Burkett claims he had a committment from CBS to authenticate the documents. Then how come he xeroxed them and destroyed the originals? How did he expect CBS to authenticate xerox copies?
  • Kerry's disrupter (DNC Plants a Felon Among US)

    10/01/2004 3:06:26 PM PDT · by ClintonBeGone · 120 replies · 3,642+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 10/1/2004 | Novak
    The well-dressed disrupter at the recent premiere of "Stolen Honor," a documentary film attacking John Kerry's role as a Vietnam War protester, has been identified as a Kerry campaign and Democratic National Committee staffer who had served time for manslaughter in a fatal shooting. Wayne F. Smith interrupted the question-and-answer session following the Sept. 9 showing in Washington, delivering a long speech assailing the film and defending Sen. Kerry. He did not identify himself, but he recently had joined the Kerry campaign's veterans outreach operation. The campaign told this column Thursday night that Smith worked for the DNC. Although Smith...
  • Is Paul Lukasiak's Website the Info Source for Memogate?

    09/26/2004 7:57:55 AM PDT · by mr_niceguy · 18 replies · 1,912+ views
    Unit 127 of the Pajamahadeen reporting for duty. On August 13, Bill Burkett posted approving comments on ( ) about a rabid website that claims President Bush went AWOL while in the National Guard. These remarks were highlighted in an article by Steve Gilbert on the American Thinker website that I want to acknowledge first. ( ) The AT piece points out a stark contradiction between Burkett's August comments and his claim to have received the Killian forgeries in March (the cattle show story). Near the end of his August comments, Burkett says "I have found no...
  • How come there is no federal criminal investigation into the CBS memos?

    09/26/2004 6:08:28 AM PDT · by Bugaloogle · 14 replies · 780+ views
    Citizen Journal ^ | 09/23/04 | Lokisfur
    Lokisfur asks: How come there is no federal criminal investigation into the CBS memos? We now have forged US military records that

    09/25/2004 5:36:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 978+ views
    How Biased is CBS and the Mainstream Press? Written by JB Williams ©2004-09-23 CBS has committed five years of effort and resources by senior producer (Mary Mapes) and her staff, to digging through 30 year old service records of George W. Bush in search of any evidence that would help them remove him from the oval office. When CBS failed to unearth any damning evidence concerning Bush’s Guard service after five years of in depth research, they became party to disseminating forged evidence needed to pursue their agenda. CBS claims that it was a BIG story worthy of pursuit, having...
  • Get ready for the October surprises (more on CBS Rathergate & Kerry campaign connection)

    09/25/2004 8:21:30 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 48 replies · 2,403+ views
    World Magazine ^ | Sept. 25, 2004 | Bob Jones
    POLITICS: Staff shake-ups. Debate one-liners. Unsubstantiated rumors. Dirty tricks. Terrorism. It must be October, and this must be an ­election year. "I called the guy,"(Burkett) Mr. Lockhart admitted to The Wall Street Journal. "We talked for three or four minutes about the swift-boat controversy. He believed our response was inadequate, that Kerry should push back about the Vietnam experience. I thanked him for his advice. End of the story." But it wasn't quite the end. Mike McCurry, another Kerry adviser, later said Mr. Lockhart told campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill about the conversation, and she, in turn, relayed it to...
  • Telegram: Lockhart Didn't Press Burkett for CBS Docs

    09/25/2004 5:51:39 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 74 replies · 1,829+ views ^ | 9/25/04 | unknown
    The Fort Worth Star Telegram has retracted a quote from former Texas National Guard commander Bill Burkett, who reportedly had told the paper that top Kerry aide Joe Lockhart pressured him to share forged documents on President Bush's military record later broadcast by Dan Rather. The report - the first to implicate the Kerry campaign in the Rathergate scandal - sent shock waves through political circles on Friday. But by midday, the Telegram had posted a revised version of the report, explaining: "This article has been corrected from the version published in the newspaper and online Friday morning to reflect...
  • Source for Rather Seeks New Lawyer, Might Sue CBS

    09/24/2004 7:51:14 PM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 43 replies · 1,048+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/25/04 | Michael Dobbs
    Former Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, who provided CBS News with possibly fraudulent documents purporting to show that President Bush shirked his Guard duty, is looking for a lawyer to pursue a possible defamation case against the network. Burkett is angry with CBS and anchor Dan Rather for disclosing his identity after promising him anonymity, his current attorney, Gabriel Quintanilla, said yesterday. Quintanilla said Burkett's life had become "pure hell" since Monday, when Rather disclosed on the "CBS Evening News" that he was the network's confidential and "unimpeachable" source for the controversial documents. Burkett has had little luck finding...
  • Dean says foreign policy will determine presidential election(Burkett asks me to tell JFK camp.)

    09/24/2004 6:33:30 PM PDT · by RagingBull · 60 replies · 3,092+ views
    Vermont Public Radio ^ | 9-24-2004 | Bob Kinzel
  • How come there is no federal criminal investigation into the CBS memos?

    09/24/2004 3:56:00 PM PDT · by Bugaloogle · 22 replies · 631+ views
    Citizen Journal ^ | 9/23/04 | Lokisfur
    Lokisfur asks: How come there is no federal criminal investigation into the CBS memos? We now have forged US military records that were aimed at undermining the US election process and bringing down the President of the United States .
  • Frrepers: Who typed the memos?

    09/24/2004 11:22:37 AM PDT · by Evilscott · 31 replies · 463+ views
    We need to put some collective brainpower together! Who typed up the fake Killian memos? I don't think it was Burkett, here's why: 1) He would have done it years ago, and 2) The memo format was incorrect. Since he has been liveing and breathing this paperwork for years, he would not have created new ones with the incorrect format. I think the Kery camp/DNC kids typed them and laundered them to Burkett knowing Mapes was circling overhead. What do you think?
  • CBS source denies plotting with Kerry

    09/24/2004 7:00:03 AM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 13 replies · 709+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Sep 24, 2004 | Jack Douglas Jr.
    The source of a discredited CBS News report said Thursday that he did not coordinate the release of disputed documents with John Kerry's campaign. Bill Burkett, a former Texas National Guardsman, also said that he warned the network that the documents critical of President Bush's service in the National Guard would be vigorously challenged and should be independently validated. "It caught CBS very flat-footed. They were not prepared. And I had warned them ... that this would probably be one of the most highly coordinated vicious attacks that they would ever have to face," Burkett said in an interview with...
  • Reported on Fox News Cable! Burkett claims Joe Lockhart pressured him to give the documents to him!

    09/24/2004 4:13:10 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 210 replies · 5,236+ views
    Fox News (cable) Fox and Friends | Semptember 24, 2004 | FOX NEWS
    Just reported on Fox News, Fox and Friends, that Burkett is quoted in an article as stating that Joe Lockhart of the Kerry campaign pressured Burkett to release the documents to him!
  • Lockhart Knew!

    09/24/2004 4:31:20 AM PDT · by sampai · 38 replies · 1,709+ views ^ | 9/24/04 | PoliPundit
    Senior Kerry campaign adviser Joe Lockhart tried to convince Bill Burkett to give him the forgeries:During a single phone conversation with Lockhart, Burkett said he suggested a "couple of concepts on what I thought [Kerry] had to do" to beat Bush. In return, he said, Lockhart tried to "convince me as to why I should give them the documents."If Burkett is lying, Lockhart can prove it quite easily: by releasing his phone records for that day.
  • Source (Burkett) says CBS made him 'fall guy'

    09/23/2004 11:15:20 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 26 replies · 642+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 23, 2004 | AP
    FORT WORTH - The former Texas Air National Guard commander who gave CBS documents critical of President Bush's military service said he thinks the network has tried to make him the "fall guy" in the dispute over whether the memos are authentic. ADVERTISEMENT Bill Burkett, who lives on a ranch near Abilene, said he still believes the memos are real, but he said he warned CBS to independently verify the documents before airing them. CBS broadcast a story on Sept. 8 that accused Bush of using family connections to get into the Guard to avoid military service in Vietnam, and...

    09/23/2004 7:19:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 571 replies · 19,079+ views
    <p>The source of a disputed CBSNEWS report claimed Thursday that Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart tried to "convince me as to why I should give them the documents." Texas Army National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett tells the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM that he has suffered four seizures since being identified as CBS' source and dogged by the media... Developing...</p>
  • Burkett: Lockhart Asked Me for Rathergate Documents

    09/23/2004 8:46:45 PM PDT · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 183 replies · 7,765+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Newsmax
    <p>Former National Guard commander Bill Burkett has become the first player in the CBS forged document scandal to implicate John Kerry's presidential campaign, telling the Fort Worth Star Telegram that top Kerry aide Joe Lockhart pressed him to turn over damaging evidence on George Bush.</p>
  • Burkett insists 'jury still out' on CBS documents

    09/23/2004 8:49:54 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 18 replies · 587+ views ^ | Sep 23, 2004 | Ingrid Arnesen
    CNN) -- Bill Burkett, who gave CBS News the alleged documents about President Bush's National Guard service, insists "the jury is still out" on whether those documents are authentic. "The documents have not been conclusively proven false," Burkett said. "Neither have they been proven authentic. That jury is still out." Burkett has been under intense media scrutiny since he was revealed as the source of the documents. On Thursday, he replied via email to a series of questions from CNN. Burkett said he expected CBS to use its "massive and superlative abilities" to authenticate the documents prior to broadcast. He...
  • Aiming at Bush, but felling Rather

    09/23/2004 7:05:03 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 23 replies · 1,326+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Sept. 24, 2004 | Daniel Schorr
    WASHINGTON – Bill Burkett of Baird, Texas, will have a prominent place in the annals of political trickery. He'll be remembered as the one who aimed at President Bush and felled the mighty Dan Rather and "60 Minutes." Who could've contrived this hoax? Suspicions settled on Mr. Burkett, himself a former Guard officer with a lively hatred of President Bush. With a sinking feeling, Rather and staff, who'd worked long and hard at developing the "scoop," realized they'd been had. Rather flew to Texas and strong-armed Burkett into an interview confessing all - almost all. He said he'd worked in...
  • CBS's Latest Whodunit

    09/23/2004 8:46:08 AM PDT · by Kiss Me Hardy · 13 replies · 1,065+ views
    Business Week ^ | September 23, 2004 | Business Week
    Let's play Clue, the engrossing Election 2004 edition. The rules aren't that hard, really. Like the better-known variant featuring Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick or Professor Plum in the conservatory with a lead pipe, it's all about collecting evidence, figuring out whodunit and why. The ending should be very interesting.... (snip) Start with Dan the Anchorman, who broadcast a story about Top Gun George Bush, the fighter pilot-turned-President and how strings were pulled long ago to keep the young scamp from combat in Southeast Asia. That's where Democrat John "Lieutenant Lurch" Kerry, his rival, now says he...
  • Question: Was Michael Moore at the Houston Rodeo at the same time as Bill Burkett?

    09/23/2004 6:40:38 AM PDT · by marty60 · 71 replies · 1,637+ views
    Marty60 | 9-23-2004 | me
    I have been searching all morning trying to find out if Michael Moore was at the Houston rodeo and Livestock Show. specifically at the same time as Burkett. I have not seen MM's movie, so if someone has seen it:Is there a reference or scene at the rodeo. On Moore's website he goes into great detail concerning his beliefs of the the guard situation. While working on Wesley clarks Campaign he made numerous refernces to Docs. any help will be greatly appreciated.
  • First, Find the Forger

    09/21/2004 9:21:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 86 replies · 2,083+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 22, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Whoever, having devised any scheme or artifice to defraud transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. " U.S. Criminal Code, Chapter 63, Section 1343. WASHINGTON — At the root of what is today treated as an embarrassing blunder by duped CBS journalists may turn out to be a felony by its faithless sources. Some person or persons conceived a scheme...
  • Memo Lawyer is Party Activist

    09/22/2004 10:53:42 AM PDT · by skeet shooter · 14 replies · 592+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-22-04 | Rowan Scarborough
    The attorney for the man who leaked discredited memos to CBS News' Dan Rather is a Democratic Party activist in Texas who has vowed to defeat what he says is a White House "master plan" for "a one-party America." David Van Os, a San Antonio lawyer and defender of retired Texas Air National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett's role in supplying forged memos detrimental to President Bush, has held a number of local party posts, including chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party. Mr. Van Os referred to the suspect memos this way in a Sept. 15 e-mail to reporters:...
  • Who helped Burkett?

    09/22/2004 9:50:23 AM PDT · by Evilscott · 11 replies · 335+ views
    If Burkett had access to these documents in the past, he would have used them, and obviously he's not sophisticated enough to have produced them. Also, why is the MSM so quiet on trying to find out the true source? Because they know it would lead to the DNC/Kerry kamp! These forgeries surfaced only when Kerry started slipping in the polls! They took notes from Burkett, then used the WRONG memorandum format to type them up and ship them back to Burkett. Burkett would have known the memos were not good enough, but he had to pass them on anyway,...

    09/22/2004 7:21:04 AM PDT · by soccermom · 54 replies · 1,804+ views
    USA Today | 9/22/04 | soccermom
    OK, we shouldn't be surprised by now that Burkett is exposed as a fraud, but I found this contradiction so glaring I can't believe the press hasn't picked up on it: Burkett is claiming that he was given the documents by someone named Lucy Ramirez (or her shadowy courier). From USA Today: "Burkett said he arranged to get the documents during a trip to Houston for a livestock show in March. But instead of being met at the show by Ramirez, he was approached by a man who asked for Burkett, handed him an envelope and quickly left, Burkett recounted."...
  • Issues & Insights: This Isn't Over (Rathergate)

    09/22/2004 7:13:14 AM PDT · by mondoman · 5 replies · 546+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/22 | Investor's Business Daily
    Media: Now that CBS and Dan Rather have made their half-hearted apologies for their shoddy reporting practices, will the whole flap finally die down? It shouldn't.... No apology to President Bush for trying to smear him. Or to the American people for trying to hoodwink them. CBS still hasn't come clean. It has too much to hide. So does the Kerry campaign. Burkett says he gave the documents to Cleland. And Ben Barnes, one of the main on-air sources for CBS story, is a major fund-raiser for Kerry. Yet somehow CBS can't explain how it got the documents — or...
  • IT IS WATERGATE (Rather-gate and CBS)

    09/22/2004 6:21:25 AM PDT · by OESY · 37 replies · 1,316+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 22, 2004 | ERIC FETTMANN
    Last week, as the furor over Dan Rather's National Guard memos grew more and more intense, media critic Ken Auletta, appearing on PBS, criticized Fox News Channel for having "treated this story as if it were Watergate. It's not Watergate." Actually, in many respects, it is indeed broadcast journalism's Watergate.... There are two serious problems with this entire episode, beyond the obvious blow to CBS News' credibility. One is Rather's defensive — even accusatory — reaction to any and all questions about the documents' legitimacy.... First, they refused to consider any questions whatsoever — even from respected news organizations —...
  • Brother concerned for welfare of key figure in scandal

    09/22/2004 6:14:49 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 15 replies · 491+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2004 | AP
    Wednesday, September 22, 2004 Brother concerned for welfare of key figure in scandal PORTALES, N.M. (AP) —The brother of retired Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett says he hopes Burkett isn't "hammered" over the documents he provided to CBS News for a story questioning President Bush's National Guard service. "I don't want him hammered about things we're not sure of," said Jerry Burkett, a Republican farmer who lives near Portales. Burkett, who hasn't spoken to his brother since the scandal broke, said he can't fault his brother if he didn't know documents were likely forged. (snip) "We're pretty concerned about...
  • Does Burkett have a printer?

    09/22/2004 4:45:46 AM PDT · by u7u5 · 13 replies · 331+ views
    9/22/04 | u7u5
    Why does the media ignore the distinct possibility that Burkett typed these memo's? USA Today and CBS have been in his house. "Hey Bill, while we are visiting, do you mind if we look at your computer? Nice printer. What's on the hard drive Bill?" Seriously, whoever did this is guilty of a felony. Isn't there probable cause for the local sherriff to seach Burkett's house? Can't he be called in for questioning. If Burkett has a printer, does anyone know, can it be matched up to a specific document. You know, little imperfections, like they do with tracing of...

    09/21/2004 9:15:07 PM PDT · by rwilson99 · 130 replies · 5,531+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 09/22/2004 | Matt Drudge
    <p>Bill Burkett, the man identified yesterday by CBS as the source of the controversial documents used in its September 8 “60 Minutes II” report questioning President Bush’s Air National Guard service, plans to sue the network, the NY SUN reports.</p>
  • Memo lawyer is party activist

    09/22/2004 12:51:16 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 369+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2004 | By Rowan Scarborough
    The Washington Memo lawyer is party activistBy Rowan ScarboroughTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished September 22, 2004 The attorney for the man who leaked discredited memos to CBS News' Dan Rather is a Democratic Party activist in Texas who has vowed to defeat what he says is a White House "master plan" for "a one-party America."     David Van Os, a San Antonio lawyer and defender of retired Texas Air National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett's role in supplying forged memos detrimental to President Bush, has held a number of local party posts, including chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party.     Mr. Van...
  • Lockhart (Kerry campaign) contacted memo scandal figure - Says CBS official suggested talk

    09/22/2004 12:52:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 503+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 22, 2004 | Mark Jurkowitz
    .....The Bush campaign was quick to hop on the latest twist in the document drama. ''The fact that CBS News would coordinate with the most senior people in the Kerry campaign is troubling, and it is a stunning revelation that raises serious questions," said Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush campaign. ''The Kerry campaign should come clean about their involvement." Reprising a line from the Watergate scandal during an appearance on CNN, Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said, ''The question to the Kerry campaign is, what did they know and when did they know it?" The...