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Casting Further Doubt: CBS News Ignored Concerns About Disputed Bush Military Records
ABC News ^ | 9/14/04

Posted on 09/14/2004 6:04:20 PM PDT by ambrose

Casting Further Doubt Document Analysts: CBS News Ignored Concerns About Disputed Bush Military Records

By Brian Ross

ABCNEWS.com

Sept. 14, 2004— Since the CBS News program 60 Minutes II filed a report on President Bush's record in the National Guard during the Vietnam War, citing documents allegedly written by Bush's squadron commander, the authenticity of the documents has been widely questioned.

Two of the document experts hired by CBS News now say the network ignored concerns they raised prior to the broadcast of 60 Minutes II about the disputed National Guard records attributed to Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who died in 1984. Emily Will, a veteran document examiner from North Carolina, told ABC News she saw problems right away with the one document CBS hired her to check the weekend before the broadcast.

"I found five significant differences in the questioned handwriting, and I found problems with the printing itself as to whether it could have been produced by a typewriter," she said.

Will says she sent the CBS producer an e-mail message about her concerns and strongly urged the network the night before the broadcast not to use the documents.

"I told them that all the questions I was asking them on Tuesday night, they were going to be asked by hundreds of other document examiners on Thursday if they ran that story," Will said.

But the documents became a key part of the 60 Minutes II broadcast questioning President Bush's National Guard service in 1972. CBS made no mention that any expert disputed the authenticity.

"I did not feel that they wanted to investigate it very deeply," Will told ABC News.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 60minutes; rather; rathergate
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1 posted on 09/14/2004 6:04:20 PM PDT by ambrose
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To: ambrose
Check this
2 posted on 09/14/2004 6:05:41 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: ambrose

This could get better than jello wrestling.


3 posted on 09/14/2004 6:05:58 PM PDT by Faraday
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To: ambrose
Is CBS determined to bleed every last drop of blood it has?

There's not a single source that backs up CBS. Not one.

4 posted on 09/14/2004 6:06:32 PM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur

Half a league, half a league, half a league onward
Into the blogosphere of death rode the Old Media...


5 posted on 09/14/2004 6:07:45 PM PDT by Poohbah (If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
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To: ambrose

Why don't cannibals eat clowns?
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Because they taste funny.
That's what I keep thinking about what this has done to Old Media and Democrats.


6 posted on 09/14/2004 6:08:05 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-1986)
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To: ambrose
Occam's Razor is pointing so far towards "forgery" that William of Ockham himself is about to climb out of the grave along with Sam Kinison, with both screaming in unison "They're FAKES!!!!! How clear do they have to MAKE IT!!!! Someone made these on a F***ING COMPUTER!!!!! OHHHHHH OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!".

-Eric

7 posted on 09/14/2004 6:08:31 PM PDT by E Rocc (DNC: Documents, Newly Created)
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To: sinkspur
Incredible, just incredible...

The secretary's memories of what Killian thought seem to get more vivid with each successive interview:

Killian's former secretary, Marian Carr Knox, told ABC News she believes the documents are fake, but that they do reflect some of what her former boss thought of then-Lt. George W. Bush.

"He did have complaints about Bush. Bush missed his physical and went off to Alabama with none of the paperwork, I remember Killian talking about that," Knox said. "But it wasn't in memo file."

8 posted on 09/14/2004 6:08:58 PM PDT by ambrose (http://www.swiftvets.com)
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To: E Rocc

I could see ol' Sam Kinison doing just that!


9 posted on 09/14/2004 6:09:00 PM PDT by Poohbah (If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
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To: South40

Awesome.


10 posted on 09/14/2004 6:09:44 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: hispanarepublicana


Dan - Dan
He's our Man
If he can't be Biased,
NObody Can!

GooooOOOO DAN!



11 posted on 09/14/2004 6:10:03 PM PDT by 4Liberty (The price of Liberty is personal responsibility.)
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To: sinkspur
Is CBS determined to bleed every last drop of blood it has.

For some reason, I read that line and all I can think about it Ben Stiller in the movie Dodgeball...

Nobody makes me bleed my own blood!

12 posted on 09/14/2004 6:10:07 PM PDT by mattdono (Chris Matthew is Zell Miller's b*tch! (and the MSM is FR's b*tch!))
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To: South40

Got dang it someone named "Begala" keeps out bidding me....


13 posted on 09/14/2004 6:10:17 PM PDT by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: E Rocc

Dinosaur Media.


14 posted on 09/14/2004 6:11:37 PM PDT by ReadyNow
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To: trashcanbred

I would think Dan Rather would give a fellow "newsman" like Begala first shot.


15 posted on 09/14/2004 6:11:38 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: ambrose

Glenn Beck's picture of the day.
16 posted on 09/14/2004 6:12:15 PM PDT by wjersey
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To: sinkspur; Howlin
Bush missed his physical and went off to Alabama with none of the paperwork

Oh I see, so Killian's alleged complaints have gone from disobeying a direct order and using his Poppy to go over his ahead to...

creating a paperwork headache!

17 posted on 09/14/2004 6:12:40 PM PDT by ambrose (http://www.swiftvets.com)
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"He did have complaints about Bush. Bush missed his physical and went off to Alabama with none of the paperwork, I remember Killian talking about that," Knox said. "But it wasn't in memo file."

His family has a different recollection. Check for his wife and checkmate for his son.

18 posted on 09/14/2004 6:13:11 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: ReadyNow

The comet that killed the dinosaur media is called Free Republic. LOL


19 posted on 09/14/2004 6:13:12 PM PDT by afropick (Liberal america's worst nightmare: young, black, and conservative)
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To: E Rocc

'Sam Kinison'

"THERE"S NO F**KING FOOD IN THE DESERT!!! AARRGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!"


20 posted on 09/14/2004 6:14:40 PM PDT by bitt ("I'm Mad as Zell, and I'm Not Going to Take It Anymore." (CongressmanBillybob))
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