Scandals, Scandals, Scandals.
The forged document scandal is a serious problem for CBS. The fact that Dan Rather went on CNN about an hour ago saying that the documents are valid and that there won't be an internal investigation will only make it worse.
CBS, you'd better wake up and smell the coffee. It's over, the documents are clearly forged. Rather is down to arguing we should believe him instead of our lying eyes. You show me typewriter available in 1972 with proportional fonts, shrunken superscripted "th's," word wrap, and auto centering and I'll buy you lunch. In a fancy restaurant of your choice. In Paris, France.
And the fact that all of these things can be found and exactly duplicated in Microsoft Word removes all doubt.
I don't know whether to admire the gall of this forger, or shake my head at his laziness. It's not that hard to find a vintage typewriter.
But there are so many other scandals to choose from! We have former Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes claiming that as Lieutenant Governor he pulled strings to get Bush into the Texas National Guard. There's a small problem. Bush was sworn into the guard in 1968, Barnes didn't become Lieutenant Governor until 1969.
Another problem. Barnes denied the allegation that he helped Bush get into the National Guard when it was first brought up in 1999.
The New York Times, no friend of the Bush family, reported in February 2004 that Barnes, who acknowledged he played a role in getting Bush into the guard unit only after he was under oath, said he had no contact with anyone in the Bush family. A 1999 news article quotes Barnes saying, "I never spoke to Congressman Bush about his son," calling a magazine's report he had pulled strings at the elder Bush's request "false."And what about the Associated Press "fake boos" scandal? This one is a whole week old, so it's in danger of being forgotten.
To refresh your memory, the AP reported as follows:
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday wished Bill Clinton (news - web sites) "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery." "He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally. Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.Nobody booed. Not one person. Instead, there was cheering for Mr. Clinton. Listen to this.
So, out of bias, this AP reporter lied about the boos, then added bias to the bias-inspired lie by saying Bush did nothing about the nonexistent boos.
I wrote the AP this email:
Dear Associated Press:And no, I haven't heard back from them.
I have long suspected the AP of liberal bias, but now I am fully convinced.
You reported that when President Bush told his audience that President Clinton was in the hospital, "Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them."
This is a complete fabrication. There was not a single boo. Not even a scattering of "boos," and the complete opposite of "Bush's audience of thousands...booed."
Liberal spin is one thing - something sadly I've grown accustomed to with your publications. Outright lying is another matter. In a straight news story I expect
to get the truth.
Perhaps I'm asking too much of the AP. Thank God for
the "New Media."
P.S. I suggest soul searching. Why is your reporter portraying a Republican crowd as so hateful? Could it be "projection?"
From the CNN interview with Dan Rather (hat tip to Drudge):
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)Ignore the man behind the curtain!
DAN RATHER, CBS NEWS ANCHOR: I know that this story is true. I believe that the witnesses and the documents are authentic. We wouldn't have gone to air if they would not have been. There isn't going to be -- there's no -- what you're saying apology?
QUESTION: Apology or any kind of retraction or...
RATHER: Not even discussed, nor should it be. I want to make clear to you, I want to make clear to you if I have not made clear to you, that this story is true, and that more important questions than how we got the story, which is where those who don't like the story like to put the emphasis, the more important question is what are the answers to the questions raised in the story, which I just gave you earlier.
It's not the veracity of the evidence that's important. It's the seriousness of the charge.
Wrong, Dan. If the evidence is fake, why should we believe the charge? In fact, why should we believe CBS News about anything until its house is put in order?