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  • Texas Att'y Gen'l Launches Rathergate Probe

    09/29/2004 11:19:41 PM PDT · by kattracks · 146 replies · 5,424+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 9/30/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has launched a criminal investigation into forged military records allegedly obtained from President Bush's National Guard file that were aired by CBS News two weeks ago, referring a congressional request for the probe to the investigative division of the Texas Rangers. "On Wednesday 52 Republican congressman urged the Texas attorney general and the U.S. attorney in Lubbock to investigate who created a bogus document at the heart of the now-discredited CBS News story accusing Bush of shirking his Guard duty," the Fox News Channel's Major Garrett reported. The congressional letter read in part: "We request...
  • The Fall

    09/24/2004 6:21:27 AM PDT · by sola_fide · 103 replies · 3,763+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 24, 2004 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Dan Rather's initial, furious street-side defense of an amateurish forgery — smug, huffy, self-righteous — brings to mind one of those bad movies about the Paris barricades, especially the grainy, black-and-white shots of powdered and wigged aristocrats on their way to the Guillotine, yelling out of their carriages at pitchfork-carrying peasants. Worse than being duped, worse than cobbling together a highly politicized hit-piece during a war and in the waning days of an election, worse than the shady nature of the "unimpeachable" sources and the likely sordid origins of the story, and worse even than the pathetic nature of CBS's...
  • Kerry campaign says timing of 'Fortunate Son' ad campaign, 60 Minutes story a 'coincidence'

    09/23/2004 2:31:31 PM PDT · by ambrose · 96 replies · 2,587+ views
    NBC News ^ | 9/23/04
    September 23, 2004 at 12:13PM MST NBC's Lisa Myers Reports Kerry campaign says timing of 'Fortunate Son' ad campaign, 60 Minutes story a 'coincidence' Having acknowledged that its own standards were violated, CBS News named an independent panel to investigate what went wrong: Former Republican Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired chief of the Associated Press Louis Boccardi. The investigation focuses on the process that led to airing possibly fraudulent documents challenging the President's military service and why the CBS Producer put the source of those documents, longtime Bush critic Bill Burkett, in touch with the Kerry Campaign before the...
  • Mapes Wished to "Save the World from a Bush Presidency"

    09/23/2004 10:50:02 AM PDT · by FlyLow · 111 replies · 4,314+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 9-23-04 | Medial Reseach Center
    Newsweek's Howard Fineman argued that CBS News producer Mary Mapes became "obsessed," with trying to prove that George W. Bush got special treatment in the National Guard, because she wanted to "save the world from a George Bush presidency, and in the last five years, she's tried to find that smoking gun that would allow her to do that." Appearing on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning on Wednesday, Fineman fretted that due to the CBS scandal, it is getting "increasingly difficult to prove" that the rest of the media strive for "objectivity" and want to be "fair" and "even- handed."...
  • CBS to investigate producer Mapes

    09/22/2004 9:20:25 PM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 52 replies · 1,200+ views
    CNN ^ | September 22, 2004 | Unknown
    The fallout from CBS's doomed story about President Bush's National Guard service most endangers a woman few viewers know but who played a key role in two of the biggest television stories of the year. Mary Mapes, a veteran producer at CBS News, reported most of the National Guard story, including obtaining the documents CBS now says it can't authenticate. She also passed on the phone number of her source, former Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, to the Kerry campaign. ... CBS acknowledged Mapes passed on Burkett's number to Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart, and Lockhart called him. Spokeswoman Kelli...
  • New Mapes Bombshell !

    09/22/2004 3:23:09 PM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 308 replies · 13,776+ views
    Fox News Channel | 9/22/04 | Fox News - Carl Cameron
    Paraphrasing - Fox News found out Mary Mapes was sending protected letters to a Prisoner in a High Security Prison in Colorado. Also what was said is Mapes holds strong Liberal views.
  • '60 Minutes' source has a long history of disparaging Bush

    09/22/2004 9:59:39 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 23 replies · 817+ views
    The man CBS News touted as the "unimpeachable source" of explosive documents about President Bush's National Guard service turns out to be a former Guard officer who has denounced Bush as a liar with "demonic personality shortcomings." Over the past three years, retired Lt. Col. Bill Burkett has given dozens of newspaper and television interviews accusing the president and his aides of destroying documents and stealing elections. In e-mail messages to an Internet chat group for Texas Democrats, he has also said that the "Bush team" sent "goons" to intimidate him at his ranch in Baird, Texas. "They can go...
  • A web of connections (Rather, CBS, Mapes, Cleland, Barnes, Burkett, Van Os, Kerry, McAuliffe)

    09/19/2004 11:57:03 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 74 replies · 2,358+ views
    [graphic similar to what NYT tried to do with Bush/Swift Boat connections]
  • Blame Mary! (is CBS leaking damning info to save itself by blaming Mary Mapes/Democrats/Kerry?)

    09/21/2004 10:06:19 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 38 replies · 2,028+ views
    Slate ^ | 9/21/04 | Mickey Kaus
    So far, Ellis' prediction of second-day anti-Mapes revelations has proved eerily prescient. And Joe Lockhart is in on the Save-Dan-By-Throwing-Mary-Overboard conspiracy! ... P.S.: I don't understand why it would have been wrong for Mapes to ask Lockhart to call Bill Burkett as part of a deal to get the documents. If the documents hadn't been phony that would have been smart journalism, no? A harmless favor to produce a big scoop. It only looks like partisanship on the part of Mapes if it was not part of an implicit deal to get the story--i.e., if Mapes was just freelancing with...
  • John Carlson is breaking news about Mary Mapes (Listen Live)

    09/21/2004 5:04:55 PM PDT · by DeepInEnemyTerritory · 18 replies · 3,526+ views
    kvi radio ^ | john carlson
    John Carlson is the KVI radio host that took a call from Mary Mapes' father last week. John also worked with Mary Mapes at KIRO news in Seattle. John just said he is going to break a story about Mary Mapes that he has been researching for the last few days. Listen Live http://www.570kvi.com
  • A MS. MAPES MYSTERY (CBS' 60 Minutes Democrat connection)

    09/22/2004 3:11:11 AM PDT · by Liz · 75 replies · 2,213+ views
    NY POST ^ | 9/22/04 | EDITORIAL
    As we asked yesterday: What did Dan Rather know? And when did he know it? And that was even before it was disclosed that CBS News' dubious source for those phony National Guard memos insisted on being put in touch directly with John Kerry's campaign — apparently as a condition for turning over the documents. As USA Today reported in detail yesterday, CBS producer Mary Mapes arranged for Bill Burkett (who provided the forged documents) to speak with Joe Lockhart, the former Clinton press secretary who's now a top Kerry campaign adviser. CBS claims hooking Burkett up with Lockhart "was...
  • Long Knives Are Out for Mary Mapes (CBS Producer Arranged Meeting between Burkett & Lockhart)

    09/22/2004 8:51:23 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 28 replies · 518+ views
    The Ace of Spades ^ | 9/21/04 | Corante
    CBS News seems to suddenly be offering up an awful lot of derogatory, incriminating information about producer Mary Mapes, who was formerly called a 'well respected journalist' with an 'unblemished reputaion.'On Tuesday, it was revealed that Mapes arranged for Burkett to talk to a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.Standard journalistic practices forbid journalists from doing anything that could be perceived as helping a politcal campaign.CBS News hopes to name an independent panel today that will investigate how Bill Burkett, a Texas Democratic operative and opponent of President Bush, decieved 60 Minutes in its now retracted story about...
  • Staudt speaks out about Bush memo debacle to New Braunfels paper

    09/22/2004 4:49:00 AM PDT · by naturalized · 27 replies · 1,454+ views
    The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung ^ | September 22, 2004 | Leigh Jones
    Three weeks ago, New Braunfels resident Col. Walter Staudt became a national figure, albeit a silent one. Ever since he was named in a controversial memo CBS aired purporting to prove that President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record was “sugar-coated” due to political pressure, Staudt has been bombarded by reporters wanting him to verify or disavow those claims. When the phone rings, he does not answer, and when someone comes to the door, he only opens it a crack. “I counted up to 40 calls last Monday, but I probably got 50 or 60 phone calls...
  • CBS 'HOAXER' BROKER

    09/22/2004 6:50:26 AM PDT · by kattracks · 28 replies · 1,369+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/22/04 | DON KAPLAN
    September 22, 2004 -- The "60 Minutes" producer on CBS's story that used phony National Guard documents is the subject of an internal investigation for arranging contact between the network's source and a top aide to John Kerry, officials said yesterday. It is believed that veteran producer Mary Mapes facilitated a phone call between Bill Burkett, a former Texas Army National Guard officer who supplied the Guard documents to CBS, and Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart. The move would be a clear breach of ethics that could cost Mapes her job. [snip]Lee said the general managers of CBS stations across the...
  • RNC Demands Answers From CBS, Democrats About Forged Documents

    09/22/2004 5:50:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeMajority · 21 replies · 905+ views
    Talon News ^ | 9/22/2004 | Jeff Gannon, White House Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Republicans stayed on the offensive Tuesday in the battle over President Bush's service record. The focus of the controversy has moved away from questions about whether Bush fulfilled his obligation to the Texas Air National Guard and now rests on the conduct of his accusers. Joe Lockhart, an advisor to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, admitted that he spoke with Bush antagonist Bill Burkett at the request of CBS producer Mary Mapes. Burkett claimed that he refused to turn over documents to CBS that "proved" Bush received preferential treatment and skipped a required physical until he...
  • Civil war at '60 Minutes'

    09/22/2004 6:25:13 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 94 replies · 3,469+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 22, 2004 | RICHARD HUFF
    A war of words has erupted within the halls of "60 Minutes" following Dan Rather's admission that CBS News aired a report on President Bush using questionable documents. On one side of the battle is Steve Kroft, a veteran correspondent on the Sunday edition of "60 Minutes." On the other is Don Hewitt, founder of the pioneering newsmagazine. Kroft argues it's unlikely the Sunday show would have made the mistake of using the documents that bolstered Rather's report - which aired on the Wednesday telecast, formerly known as "60 Minutes II." So much so, Kroft and staffers on the Sunday...
  • CBS Says Producer Violated Policy by Putting Source in Touch With Kerry Aide

    09/21/2004 8:50:42 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 92 replies · 1,758+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 09/22/04 | JIM RUTENBERG and BILL CARTER
    CBS Says Producer Violated Policy by Putting Source in Touch With Kerry Aide By JIM RUTENBERG and BILL CARTER Published: September 22, 2004 BS News said yesterday that the producer of its flawed report about President Bush's National Guard service violated network policy by putting a source in touch with a top aide to Senator John Kerry. "It is obviously against CBS News standards and those of every other reputable news organization to be associated with any political agenda," the network said in a statement. The rebuke of the producer, Mary Mapes, also broadcast last night on "The CBS Evening...
  • KEEP PRESSURE ON C-B.S. AFFILIATES!!!

    09/22/2004 7:13:27 AM PDT · by Deo et Patria · 12 replies · 531+ views
    Television - Variety ^ | September 22, 2004 | Deo et Patria
    Guys, we need to keep the pressure on C-B.S. affiliates. It's working (see the article below), and it may determine the fate of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes. Media fear '60' fallout Tue Sep 21, 6:21 PM ET Pamela McClintock, STAFF Frustration and ire gripped CBS News on Tuesday, with staffers and the main "60 Minutes" newsmag trying to distance themselves from the scandal that has embroiled the spinoff edition of the show. Across the country, CBS affiliates continued to be bombarded with mail from viewers expressing their outrage over Dan Rather in particular and the journalistic debacle in general....
  • BURKETT CONTRADICTED HIMSELF ON SOURCE OF DOCUMENTS (Big Surprise!)

    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."...
  • CBS Producer Under Fire [SeeBS giving Mape's to the wolves]

    09/22/2004 6:57:28 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 33 replies · 1,190+ views
    SeeBS News ^ | Sept. 22, 2004 9:41am ET | CBS/AP
    (CBS/AP) The fallout from CBS's doomed story about President Bush's National Guard service most endangers a woman few viewers know but who played a key role in two of the biggest television stories of the year. Mary Mapes, a veteran producer at CBS News, reported most of the National Guard story, including obtaining the documents CBS now says it can't authenticate. She also passed on the phone number of her source, former Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, to the Kerry campaign.Burkett has acknowledged that he lied about the source of the documents, which purported to show lapses in Mr. Bush's...
  • CBS Fallgal Mapes Still Working Forged Doc Story

    09/22/2004 6:53:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies · 1,976+ views
    NewsMax ^ | September 22, 2004 | Carl Limbacher
    Designated Rathergate fallgal Mary Mapes is still on the job at the network's formerly great news division, despite a deluge of leaks from CBS employees fingering her as the "60 Minutes" producer who dropped the ball in the forged memo story. "CBS News staffers say they're puzzled why Mapes is still apparently actively working on the memos story," reports USA Today in Wednesday editions. CBS News spokeswoman Sandy Genelius refused to comment on Mapes continuing work on the memos story, but acknowledged, however, that the "60 Minutes" producer remains on CBS's payroll. The fact that Mapes is still on the...
  • Source: CBS to Address Lockhardt Issue

    09/21/2004 4:46:32 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 9 replies · 389+ views
    Wizbang.com ^ | 9/21/04 | CBS News Insiders
    SOURCE: CBS TO ADDRESS LOCKHARDT ISSUEApparently, CBS President Andrew Heyward is going to issue a statement about the Lockhardt connection.The powers that be are arguing about the wording. Supposedly it was scheduled for 3PM Eastern but we know what happened to the last timeline.Looks like (CBS producer) Mapes is soon to be unemployed if anyone is hiring.
  • Breaking: Not first time for Mary Mapes

    09/21/2004 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Travimoto · 78 replies · 4,866+ views
    me
    KVI Seattle's John Carlson is breaking a story about Mary Mapes...she did something like this at KIRO TV in '87...Carlson telling story now live
  • So seriously, who is Lucy Ramirez?

    09/21/2004 3:24:26 AM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 189 replies · 5,441+ views
    9/21/04 | Me
    Alright, so Burkett claims he got the documents from Lucy Ramirez. So who is she? Here is the most likely candidate I can find via googling, though not very likely; http://www.tachc.org/About/Membership/Member_Directory/NCV.asp Director of Nuestra Clinica del Valle in Pharr TX.
  • CBS backs off Guard story (Burkett now maintains source was Lucy Ramirez. LOL)

    09/20/2004 10:25:03 PM PDT · by Bushruffneck · 275 replies · 11,381+ views
    http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20040921/1a_cover21x.art0.htm USA Today Exclusive with Burkett It is the funniest thing I have ever read. This guy is fregan nuts.
  • CBS Arranged Meeting (For Burkett) With Lockhart. (Kerry People In This From Start!)

    09/20/2004 10:31:03 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 247 replies · 7,803+ views
    USA Today & Drudge ^ | Kevin Johnson, Dave Moniz and Jim Drinkard
    <p>WASHINGTON — CBS arranged for a confidential source to talk with Joe Lockhart, a top aide to John Kerry, after the source provided the network with the now-disputed documents about President Bush's service in the Texas National Guard.</p> <p>John Kerry aide Joe Lockhart chatted with a former Texas National Guard officer, whose number CBS provided.</p>
  • Time for a closer look at Mary Mapes. Her involvement in Texas dragging death story.

    09/20/2004 9:11:58 PM PDT · by timbuck2 · 45 replies · 7,400+ views
    Lexis Nexis - AP Wire Archives ^ | 09/21/2004 | Whitman
    BYLINE: By C. BRYSON HULL, Associated Press Writer DATELINE: JASPER, Texas BODY: Hawthorn pulled the chain out, showing it to jurors during cross examination of a police detective just a few hours into testimony Wednesday. In doing so, he stole a moment used to great dramatic effect by the prosecution in closing stages of the King and Brewer trials. Berry's trial began as two pre-trial distractions came to an end. First, State District Judge Joe Bob Golden denied a last-minute defense motion to move the trial from Jasper, about 125 miles northeast of Houston, because of intense media coverage and...
  • Rathergate: Bursting the Liberal Bubble

    09/20/2004 6:59:42 PM PDT · by GaryL · 16 replies · 1,393+ views
    The George Washington University Hatchet ^ | Spetember 20, 2004 | Gary J. Livacari
    Column: Rathergate: Bursting the Liberal bubble By Gary Livacari Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 Article Tools: Page 1 of 2 September 8, 2004: A day that will forevermore be remembered as Rathergate, or more precisely, "Blathergate." It is the day that marks Dan Rather's scurrilous, vindictive attempt to undermine the surging presidency of George W. Bush and save the ill-fated Kerry campaign. Dan Rather is, yet again, going down and going down fast. This blind, unabashed partisan is certainly familiar with disgrace and embarrassment, but this time he is taking CBS and the "mainstream" media down with him. "Blathergate" has...
  • WAS SAD MAX THE PART OF THE PHONY DOCUMENTS SCAM?

    09/20/2004 7:41:52 AM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 61 replies · 2,027+ views
    Neal Nuze ^ | 9/20/04 | Neal Boortz
    WAS SAD MAX THE PART OF THE PHONY DOCUMENTS SCAM? How long has it been now? Two weeks? Two weeks ---- and Dan Rather is still stonewalling. Even though CBS seems to be ready to admit that it was duped, Rather is holding fast. He still has not admitted that those documents he so proudly flourished on 60 Minutes II the week before last were fakes. Forgeries. Phonies. This past weekend CBS came up with a rather unusual twist. It was yet another glorious explanation of just why Dan Rather used those documents ... and how he was so terribly,...
  • Is 'Rathergate' a watershed moment for US media?

    09/20/2004 8:28:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies · 219+ views
    Stuff (NZ) ^ | 8/21/04
    LOS ANGELES: Internet bloggers have drawn blood and American journalism may never be the same. To hear some press experts tell it, CBS's admission that it was duped into using questionable documents about President George W Bush's National Guard service during the Vietnam War was a watershed moment brought on by a small army of internet-based commentators known as bloggers. Their insistence, from the moment that CBS aired its report almost two weeks ago, that the documents were fake turned the question into a national issue ending with Rather, CBS and the American media establishment in a state of deep...
  • BURKETT INSISTED THAT CBS AUTHENTICATE DOCUMENTS

    09/20/2004 8:33:37 PM PDT · by mtnhomerazorback · 20 replies · 1,068+ views
    CBSNEWS.com ^ | Sept 20, 2004
    Burkett: "I could understand that question. I can't. That's gonna have to be your judgment and anybody else's." Burkett still insists the documents are real, but says he was in no position to verify them. Burkett: "I also insisted when I sat down with your staff in the first face-to-face session, before I gave up any documents, I wanted to know what you were gonna do with them. And I insisted they be authenticated."
  • John Kerry on Late Show with David Letterman - Live Thread

    09/20/2004 8:15:55 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 431 replies · 18,844+ views
    Late Show with David Letterman ^ | September 20, 2004 | xjcsa
    I haven't started one of these before, but I thought a live discussion thread might be appropriate. Post away!
  • Tony Coelho Admits on Hardball that the DNC Had Forged Memos Before CBS News Saw Them

    09/20/2004 7:31:34 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 175 replies · 7,116+ views
    Tony Coelho admitted on Hardball tonight that the DNC had the memos before CBS but that they didn't use them because they realized that the documents were probably fake. 'He did not come to us, we went to him and asked for the documents.'Who told CBS/DNC that Burkett had the documents?I TiVo'ed and watched it again, Surreal.
  • Scarborough covers the CBS debacle on MSNBC

    09/20/2004 7:03:16 PM PDT · by mylife · 575 replies · 13,808+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9/20/04 | mylife
    On Now
  • Burkett: I Warned CBS to Authenticate Documents

    09/20/2004 7:24:20 PM PDT · by hope · 23 replies · 1,402+ views
    News Max>com ^ | 9-20-04
    Reprinted from NewsMax.com Monday, Sept. 20, 2004 10:13 p.m. EDTBurkett: I Warned CBS to Authenticate Documents Former National Guard commander Bill Burkett said Monday night that he warned producers at CBS that they needed to authenticate documents he gave them that were critical of President Bush's National Guard record - because he couldn't guarantee they were real. "Before I gave up any documents I wanted to know what you were going to do with them," Burkett told CBS anchorman Dan Rather. "And I insisted that they be authenticated." Rather admitted that CBS had failed to heed their primary source's warning....
  • NewsMax Poll: Dan Rather Must Resign

    09/20/2004 7:42:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 1,319+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 9/20/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Millions of Americans are outraged by CBS News and Dan Rather for their obstinance in admitting they used forged documents to indict the military record of George W. Bush. In an online survey completed this week, and with more than 100,000 respondents, NewsMax readers overwhelming believe that Dan Rather should resign as anchor for the CBS Evening News. Mr. Rather's position may have been further weakened when: a) it was revealed that CBS purposefully withheld from their '60 Minutes' program forensic experts who said the documents were fraudulent; b) after it was clear the documents were found to be fraudulent,...
  • BURKETT MET WITH LOCKHART - UPDATED

    09/20/2004 8:09:36 PM PDT · by conservativecorner · 125 replies · 4,861+ views
    National Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2004 | jim geraghty
    A spit-take scoop from USA Today: CBS arranged for a confidential source to talk with Joe Lockhart, a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, after the source provided the network with the now-disputed documents about President Bush's service in the Texas National Guard. Lockhart, the former press secretary to President Clinton, said a female producer talked to him about the 60 Minutes program a few days before it aired on Sept. 8. She gave Lockhart a telephone number and asked him to call Bill Burkett, a former Texas National Guard officer who gave CBS the documents. Lockhart couldn't...
  • RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Statement on CBS

    09/20/2004 12:43:50 PM PDT · by rwilliam · 174 replies · 7,527+ views
    RNC ^ | 9/20/2004 | Christine Iverson
    Washington, DC--Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie issued the following statement on CBS’s admission today that memos regarding the President’s National Guard service are not real. “We accept CBS's apology for a breach of the journalistic standards that provide the American people confidence in news organizations, but some disturbing questions remain unanswered. “CBS has now answered questions about the authenticity of the documents but questions remain surrounding who created the documents, who provided them to CBS and if Senator Kerry's supporters, Party committee, or campaign played any role. “Did Bill Burkett, Democrat activist and Kerry campaign supporter, who passed information...
  • BUSH OFFICIALS WANT CBSNEWS MODERATOR OFF DEBATE (DRUDGE) (Updated info)

    09/20/2004 5:05:36 PM PDT · by lunatic12 · 210 replies · 9,671+ views
  • CBS Apologizes for Report on Bush Guard Service

    09/20/2004 7:57:38 PM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 71 replies · 1,736+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 21, 2004 | JIM RUTENBERG and KATE ZERNIKE
    After ten days at the center of a news media storm, Dan Rather and CBS News admitted yesterday that they could not authenticate four documents the network had used to raise new questions about President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service and said the news report had been a "mistake in judgment." Network officials said a former Texas National Guard officer had misled their producers about how he had obtained the documents, which came under scrutiny almost as soon as the network broadcast its report on the CBS Evening News and "60 Minutes" on Sept. 8. While CBS stopped short of...
  • USA TODAY TO REPORT THAT BURKETT WOULD ONLY TALK TO CBS IF IT SERVED AS INTERMEDIARY TO DNC!!

    09/20/2004 7:21:23 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 212 replies · 6,769+ views
    Scarborough Country- msnbc | 9/21/2004 | USA TODAY
    Heard on Joe Scarborough--talking about it now.
  • Texas Press Drops Ball on CBS Memogate

    09/20/2004 3:52:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 31 replies · 1,148+ views
    Texas Media Watch ^ | September 20, 2004 | Sherry Sylvester
    Dan Rather and CBS News’ decision to build a story on documents that are almost certainly fake may signal a new low in sloppy and suspiciously partisan reporting. But the big five newspapers in Texas – the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Austin American-Statesman and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram – have violated a larger rule of journalism with the document scandal. They didn’t go after the story. Rather admitted he was duped in his report on President George Bush's service in the National Guard, but the Texas press has no excuse for failing to...
  • Dan and Burkett Transcript

    09/20/2004 3:57:31 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 87 replies · 2,070+ views
    <p>DAN RATHER: Now, news about CBS News, and the questions surrounding documents we aired on this broadcast and on the wednesday edition of "60 minutes" on September 8. The documents purported to show that George W. Bush received preferential treatment during his years in the national guard.</p>
  • CBS: Bush Memo Story A 'Mistake'

    09/20/2004 3:42:40 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 76 replies · 1,958+ views
    CBS ^ | 9/20/04 | Dan Rather
    CBS/AP) CBS News said Monday it cannot prove the authenticity of documents used in a 60 Minutes story about President Bush's National Guard service and that airing the story was a "mistake" that CBS regretted. CBS News Anchor Dan Rather, the reporter of the original story, apologized. CBS News claimed a source had misled the network on the documents' origins. The network pledged "an independent review of the process by which the report was prepared and broadcast to help determine what actions need to be taken." In a statement, CBS said former Texas Guard official Bill Burkett "has acknowledged that...
  • Live Thread: Rather's Latest Apologia on CBS Evening News

    09/20/2004 2:31:16 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 515 replies · 24,719+ views
    CBS Evening News - Dan Rather
    According to the CBS News web site, tonight's CBS Evening News will address the latest developments in Rathergate. Let's pile on.
  • CBS Regrets Bush Memos Story

    09/20/2004 9:34:42 AM PDT · by SmithPatterson · 251 replies · 5,400+ views
    CBSNews.com ^ | 9-20-04 | Unknown
    CBS Regrets Bush Memos Story NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2004 (CBS/AP) CBS News on Monday said it regretted broadcasting a story about President Bush's military service based on documents whose authenticity is in doubt, saying the source of the material had misled the network. CBS News Anchor Dan Rather, the reporter of the original story, apologized. In a statement, CBS said former Texas Guard official Bill Burkett "has acknowledged that he provided the now-disputed documents" and "admits that he deliberately misled the CBS News producer working on the report, giving her a false account of the documents' origins to protect...
  • STATEMENT FROM DAN RATHER (UPDATE: Statement released)

    09/20/2004 8:54:24 AM PDT · by TheGeezer · 726 replies · 23,570+ views
  • DRUDGE EXCLUSIVE: DAN RATHER STATEMENT TEXT

    09/20/2004 9:02:20 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 29 replies · 3,039+ views
    DRUDGE ^ | 9/20/04
    EXCLUSIVE STATEMENT FROM DAN RATHER: Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question—and their source—vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome. Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how...
  • FROM WITHIN CBS - ANNOUNCEMENT TO STAFF LATER THIS MORNING

    09/20/2004 7:36:07 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 262 replies · 12,857+ views
    My source familiar with discussions within CBS says that the discussions of "Dan falling on his sword" have been "muttered all over the place, but there is nothing solid - so far just "rumor and speculation." However, many staffers has been told to gather around 11 a.m. for an announcement of some sort.