Friday, September 10, 2004

A Rather embarrassing report?

Dan Rather

Rather: Was I duped by Kerry?


Look. I'm not perfect. Just ask the janitors who have to clean up the Oval Office (hey, when a dog's gotta go, a dog's gotta go. Rove should be more prompt).Anyway, who's in the doghouse now?

Faked National Guard reports? Next thing you know, Kerry will make up a personality by hiring a glib pr specialist (Hold on, Hughes is yelling something to me. ... Oh, that's what Carville, Lockhart and McCurry are there for? Never mind).

But back to the other fakery at hand. About that 60 Minutes report, The Washington Post (registration required) and others report:


Documents unearthed by CBS News that raise doubts about whether President Bush fulfilled his obligations to the Texas Air National Guard include several features suggesting that they were generated by a computer or word processor rather than a Vietnam War-era typewriter, experts said yesterday.

Experts consulted by a range of news organizations pointed out typographical and formatting questions about four documents as they considered the possibility that they were forged. The widow of the National Guard officer whose signature is on the bottom of the documents also disputed their authenticity.The documents, which were shown Wednesday night on "60 Minutes II," bear dates from 1972 and 1973 and include an order for Bush to report for his annual physical exam and a discussion of how he could get out of "coming to drill."

The dispute over the documents' authenticity came as Democrats stepped up their criticism of Bush's service with the National Guard between 1968 and 1973. The Democratic National Committee sought to fuel the controversy yesterday by holding a news conference at which Sen. Tom Harkin (Iowa) pointed to the documents as a fresh indictment of Bush's credibility.

CBS News released a statement yesterday standing by its reporting, saying that each of the documents "was thoroughly vetted by independent experts and we are convinced of their authenticity." The statement added that CBS reporters had verified the documents by talking to unidentified people who saw them "at the time they were written."
Shall I send a pooper scooper to the network?


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