Skip to comments.Dan Rather’s Forgery Fit
Posted on 09/15/2004 4:03:15 PM PDT by concentric circles
CBS News and anchorman Dan Rather have entered the journalistic equivalent of one of Dantes circles of Hell, forced to live forever with a scandal they created. With their Texas Air National Guard forgeries, they now live in a neighborhood of national media embarrassments. Faked Food Lion resumes. Staged GM pickup truck explosions. Janet Cookes profile of Jimmy the eight-year-old coke addict. Jayson Blairs phony travelogues from "West Virginia."
Watergate was a scandal Mr. Rather thoroughly enjoyed, since he built his career on ripping into Richard Nixon. Now Rather is Nixon, a bitter, vengeful man who allowed his friends to use dirty tricks against his political opponents and when caught, can only deny, deny, deny and bluster about the evil intentions of his enemies.
To borrow lingo from John Kerry, Dan Rather has been reckless, arrogant, and ideologically blind in his pursuit of Moby Bush. When it became obvious that Rather and "60 Minutes" had passed off bad forgeries and lets assume Rather was an irresponsible dupe, not an active participant in an attempt to fill in the blanks of President Bushs 1972-73 Air National Guard service, the smart move would have been to come clean, apologize, and clear up the mess. Sure, it would have been humiliating for Rather and CBS but only for a day. Thereafter CBS would have reaped the rewards. "At CBS, our focus is the truth," could have been their new rallying (and marketing) cry.
But no. Rather continues to stand by a disaster. As CNSNews.com first reported, and others have repeated, nearly every independent expert says CBSs "memos," supposedly from Bushs commander Jerry Killian, most assuredly were produced by a modern word processor, not a 1970s typewriter. Killians widow and son testified that the idea hed written these memos was preposterous. The widow said he didnt type and didnt keep files.
The son, also a National Guard officer, said no Guard officer in his "right mind" would write such a memo. The son was interviewed by CBS. CBS chose not in include him in the piece. The son recommended CBS talk directly to Lt. Bushs roommate. The CBS producer dismissed this witness as a Bush supporter.
Every new story brought more damning detail. The Dallas Morning News reported the commander who supposedly was blamed for pressuring a subordinate to "sugar coat" Bushs record had retired 18 months before he was said to have applied such pressure. The Los Angeles Times found Gen. Bobby Hodges, who CBS used to vouch for their documents, and he said CBS only described documents over the phone that he presumed were hand-written. When he saw the documents, he said they were forgeries. Marcel Matley, the lead expert Rather put forward as an authenticator of these memos, came forward and said "There's no way that I, as a document expert, can authenticate them," since they are weak copies, not original documents.
The CBS story is a hoax and a fraud, and a cheap and sloppy one at that. It boggles the mind that Dan Rather and CBS continue to defend it. The Wednesday night story imploded on Thursday, and by Friday night, Rather offered a six-minute response from his bunker on the "CBS Evening News." The aging anchor blustered on and on about all the questions George W. Bush urgently needs to answer. He ignored most of the substantive charges (including any mention of the Killian family) and painted CBSs critics as a vast right-wing conspiracy.
"Today, on the Internet and elsewhere, some people, including many who are partisan political operatives, concentrated not on the key questions of the overall story, but on the documents that were part of the support of the story," Rather complained. On Monday night, Rather tried the same rinse-and-repeat strategy, and it only looked sillier.
The responses of CBS flacks in print were even more comical. When confronted with the fact that their first line of defense, Gen. Hodges, found forgery, a spokeswoman told reporters, "We believed Gen. Hodges the first time we spoke to him." When it became apparent that the superior officer Killian was supposedly addressing, Buck Staudt, had retired 18 months before the memo, CBS proclaimed Staudt was a "mythic figure" in the Guard. You send official memos to "mythic figures"? When confronted with Mr. Matleys retrenchments, CBS flack Sandy Genelius declared, "In the end, the gist is that its inconclusive." No, its not. But even if it were, are these the ethical standards of CBS?
The ultimate excuse came from Rather himself, insisting his critics have to prove him wrong: "Until someone shows me definitive proof that they are not, I don't see any reason to carry on a conversation with the professional rumor mill." Mr. Rather, you have it completely backward. The responsibility is yours to get it right in the first place.
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Is there a screen cap of Rather double-pumping Saddam's hands, with both hands, and that big grin?
That photo on the left is falsified.
Of course, it's incumbent on CBS to prove that.
Tonight, he was pathetic! No Wonder CBS is in the blackhole and the siphon effect is accelerating.The documents are a fraud and he is going to defend with hearsay from an 86 yr old former secretary who previously remembered nothing.PATHETIC!
This has got to be one of the dirtiest of campaign tricks of all time.
September 15, 2004
Dear Mr. Appelgate:
Given that CBS has not promptly and publicly retracted false testimony about the President of the United States, while our country is at war, and while our soldiers are in harm's way; it is apparent falsehoods included in CBS network news programs broadcast by your station, WOIO channel 19, are not in the public interest.
It is also my belief WOIO has partnered with CBS, and perhaps others, with an intent to propagandize and defraud the public. this is a betrayal of the public trust.
Therefore, the topic of Dan Rathers falsified military documents, and a complete record of WOIOs positive, corrective actions; must be considered when WOIO channel 19s license is up for renewal.
Respectfully request a prompt reply and this letters inclusion within the station's public file.
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
"Now Rather is Nixon"
What was that old saying....absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Like, Nixon, Mr. Rather....you're time and damage to America, is OVER. I doubt if he will be as gracious as Nixon and just LEAVE.
"That photo on the left is falsified.
Of course, it's incumbent on CBS to prove that."
It was done on a 1970's version of Photoshop (a pair of scissors and Elmer's glue).
What would it mean to the FCC and CBS' broadcast license if that could be proven, that they went on the air with a story tonight that they admitted was false beforehand?
Not that it matters uch since Cronkite is a demo wuss, but has anyone tried to ask his opinion of this debacle.
What to do . . . What to do . . .
> Watergate was a scandal Mr. Rather thoroughly enjoyed, since he built his career on ripping into Richard Nixon. Now Rather is Nixon, a bitter, vengeful man who allowed his friends to use dirty tricks against his political opponents and when caught, can only deny, deny, deny and bluster about the evil intentions of his enemies.
Perfect. Brent is great.
Yeah, he zinged him good, "...Dan Rather has been reckless, arrogant, and ideologically blind in his pursuit of Moby Bush..."
Rush is carried on my local CBS Radio affiliate.
What to do . . . What to do . . .
I have the same situation, but I wrote to my station anyway, and demanded they drop the CBS news updates. Every update at the top of the hour begins with a Bush smear.
Killian's son said again tonight that the secretary was really assigned to the unit, not just to Killian. And .. he reconfirmed to Hannity that she would not have had access to his dad's thoughts. Then .. he told Hannity that he and his dad had spoken several times about Bush and he never once detected any negative attitude from his dad about Bush.
" Staged GM pickup truck explosions. "
I thought that was NBC?
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