Thursday, September 16, 2004

CBS Dodges
The Knox interview did not help CBS at all. She was adamant that the documents are forgeries, but she maintains that the content is correct. Even with her testimony, CBS still doesn't acknowledge that the documents are forgeries, saying only that "many believe" they are, while arguing that experts hired by CBS maintain that the documents are authentic. CBS used the interview as a chance to go on the offense, saying
[W]e do feel that it's important to underscore this point:Those who have criticized aspects of our story have never criticized the heart of it, the major thrust of our report: That George Bush received preferential treatment to get into the National Guard, and, once accepted, failed to satisfy the requirements of his service.
CBS's indictment of Bush is rather weak, centering on questions of Bush's "attitude" and Col Killian's "feelings." Rather asked if Bush got preferential treatment and she said, "I'm going to say that he did. I feel that he did because there were a lot of other boys in there the same way." No documents, no evidence, no nothing. Just she "feels" he did because it was common. And for the source of the memos she offers, "It seems that somebody did see those memos, and
then tried to reproduce and maybe changed them enough so that he wouldn't get in trouble over it. Could deny it. That's all just supposition."

That's all just pathetic.

Dan really seems to think that finding corroboration for the "Bush had it easy/skipped his physical" story will get him off the hook. Let me explain something to you Danny, there are two stories here. One is the boring, and probably true, story that the son of a Congressman gets favors that the rest of us don't. But no matter what the outcome of that story, there is a separate story about a hubristic and mendacious "news" organization that is manufacturing stories based on forged evidence! And that is why Rather should be fired.

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