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9/20/2004


Rather late don't cha think?

Drudge is now posting Dan Rather's statement on the false memos he ran in a 60 minutes interview that added to speculation on whether President Bush fulfilled his duties while in the National Guard. In it, he claims he can no longer vouch for the memos authenticity. Welcome to Earth Dan.

    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 our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

    But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.

    Please know that nothing is more important to us than people's trust in our ability and our commitment to report fairly and truthfully.
Obviously the honorable discharge Bush received is not enough evidence to convince many on the left that he fulfilled his duties as required. But when questions about an actual legitimate document comes to light, placing John Kerry's Silver Star into question, no further investigation is required. It also strikes me as odd that the anecdotal evidence used by Marian Carr Knox was extremely important to CBS's investigation. Dan even suggested, after the documents had been further scrutinized, that it was Marian’s opinion that carried the actual weight of the argument and not the faked memos.

CBS has yet to make a statement as to why the testimony of people like the Swift Boat Vets, people who actually served with John Kerry, are summarily dismissed or ignored, while Mrs. Knox is lauded as very credible.

This is why people don’t trust Dan Rather for accurate Journalism. In part it is because he made this rush to judgment and aired phony documents, but more precisely it is because he refuses to go after the other side (liberal/democrats) with as much enthusiasm. That is what makes him biased.

See Rather, Rinse, Repeat for more background leading up to Dan Rather's recent admission.

Update: - Internal E-mail from Andrew Heyward to CBS Employees.

    Dear CBS News Colleagues,

    Many of you have expressed understandable concern about the disputed documents used in the 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY report on President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard.

    Obviously, 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY had full confidence in the original report or it would not have aired. However, in the wake of serious and disturbing questions that came up after the broadcast, CBS News has done extensive additional reporting in an effort to confirm the documents' authenticity. That included interviews with Marian Carr Knox, secretary to the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, the officer named as the author of the documents; an interview with Bill Burkett, the former Guard officer who provided the memos to 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY; and a further review of the forensic evidence on both sides of the debate.

    Based on what we now know, CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report. We should not have used them. That was a mistake, which we deeply regret.

    CBS News and CBS management are commissioning an independent review of the process by which the report was prepared and broadcast to help determine what actions need to be taken. The names of the people conducting the review will be announced shortly, and their findings will be made public.

    Nothing is more important to us than our credibility and keeping faith with the millions of people who count on us for fair, accurate, reliable, and independent reporting. I know all of you work tirelessly to be worthy of that trust. I hope today's public statements about the documents are an important first step in restoring YOUR confidence in the standards and systems we have in place to ensure that we live up to our obligations to our viewers, listeners, and readers -- and to one another.

    Thanks
    Andrew
Sorry Andrew, too late. You didn't authenticate the documents, you refused to look at the evidence that was provided to you, and you acted slowly in making these statements. You should be ashamed that your entire news organization was thoroughly schooled by bloggers in pajamas. In doing so you lost credibility and viewership. Not that I'm upset about that mind you. The fewer people that watch CBS, the better it is for the whole of America. Anyone that uses you for their single source of information is truly living in a fairytale.

Rush got it wrong today.
Today he suggested that people are missing the real story here. And that is; Who actually forged the documents. I'm sure I don't have to link any blogs for everyone reading this that that very question was asked early on, do I?

posted by: Brian Scott


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