(Updated 10/05/2004 to change some of the commentary
to past tense.)|
This is a discussion of a series of apparently forged memos, defended by CBS and
Dan Rather, which were supposed to prove a point helpful to the  John Kerry presidential
campaign. But the memos have been judged by several experts to be forgeries. The
author of one of the memos is no longer living, but his son has expressed his doubts
about the memo's authenticity.
Dan Rather wants everyone to ignore the idea that the evidence was manufactured to suit the
story, and concentrate on the main point of it all, which was that young George W. Bush, many
years ago, was not exactly fastidious about completing his obligations with
the National Guard. But this story comes up every time Mr. Bush runs for any
office, and it never sticks, because there's nothing to it. His Honorable Discharge is
all the documentation he needs.
Sometimes overzealous reporters don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.
At the core of the current controversy is the fact that someone apparently cooked up a
memo, trying to make it look as if it had been written in 1973 on an office
typewriter. But the memo appears to have been written with Microsoft
Word, in the Times New Roman font, with proportional spacing, and it includes
at least one character that was not found on ordinary office typewriters in 1973. Certainly
not a typewriter that was likely to have been in the offices of the Texas National
Guard back then. There has been
some speculation that
the author of the forgery is "someone younger than 30, who has no sense of history,
assumes computers have existed forever, and has never seen an IBM Selectric
typewriter." (Or any typewriter!) But it could also have been a remarkably
ignorant and careless older adult.
All this would have been no big deal, except that Dan Rather and CBS continued to stand by
the memos as authentic, long after most people stopped believing him, hoping, apparently, that
it would help the John Kerry campaign. When
people complain about media bias, it is
because of incidents like this!
There is a lot to be learned from this incident.
If this CBS news story can be proven to be maliciously false, misleading
and deceptive, then you have to wonder... what other stories have they
embellished? What else are they lying about? And if you hear
important news stories from other sources, and notice that CBS [or MSNBC or CNN or ABC] has
ignored them, you have to wonder... what else are they hiding?
There may be a positive outcome from all this, if the current CBS scandal
convinces a lot of people to look elsewhere for daily news. The internet
is full of news sources that are much more accurate and reliable than CBS or any other
TV network (with the possible exception of the Fox News Channel).
Note: Another nearby page has more material
about Dan Rather himself —
including new information about his lawsuit against CBS.
Sidebar discussion about TV news in general, soon to become a page of its own:
People who have fast and reliable internet service don't need a television
at all! You can go to the
internet 24/7 and get the headlines, or the details on a specific story,
without waiting for a scheduled news show. Sometimes I hear others
say that they only keep the TV around to watch the evening news, because everything
else on the air is either insipid or filthy. But the "news" is potentially the
most damaging material on the air.
For example, one particularly interesting news blog
is World Mag Blog, and
an example of a really good bloggish news page is Lucianne.
When you watch television, you only see what the producers want you to see,
and you only get information at the rate they send it, which means that you have to watch
three minute clusters of commercials alternating with three-minute news segments. Even
then, the news is dumbed-down, edited, biased in favor of the political left, and timed to
bring about a desired (political) result or an emotional response. TV news writers appear to
make a conscious effort to reduce every story to one- and two-syllable words whenever
possible. (Or it could be that they're just so poorly educated that they have
small vocabularies.) The producers of local TV newscasts will do whatever it
takes to get you to tune in and stay there, or at least tell
the Nielsen people that you did.
You see, the ultimate purpose of the news media is not necessarily to deliver
the news, to keep you informed, to tell the whole story, or to tell the whole
truth about any current event. The over-commercialized news media must deliver
an audience to a series of advertisers. In
particular, advertisers prefer an audience made up of people who are likely to
spend money with very little encouragement, which means people who make decisions
based on emotions rather than logic, which in turn means (primarily) women
between the ages of 18 and 34. To attract such an audience, the news
media attempt to induce some kind of emotional reaction from everyone
watching (listening, reading). Emotionally appealing TV programs (news,
game show, Hollywood gossip show or soap opera) are designed to compel
certain weak-willed individuals to tune in again the next day. (And yes, the producers of these shows
are the same people who say they're outraged about the tobacco companies marketing
products that are known to be addictive!) Beware of this if you get news and
information from print or broadcast media, or from the internet. You must
always remain skeptical. The mainstream news media have set traps, and
it's up to you to avoid them.
Recap / overview:
When CBS's 60 Minutes Wednesday broadcast its lead story — reported by Dan Rather and produced by Mary
Mapes — on the evening of September 8, 2004, it was given the anodyne title "For the Record," as though it
constituted little more than a disinterested historical footnote. In reality, the story was a bold fabrication about
President George W. Bush's long-ago service in the Texas National Guard, intended to damage him in his campaign for
reelection against John Kerry. Within hours of the broadcast, after CBS News posted online PDF copies of four memos
highlighted in the segment, the story began to fall apart. The memos looked phony. By the following evening,
CBS was in crisis mode trying to deal with the mess. As other news outlets followed up, the story continued to
disintegrate. CBS nevertheless hung with it for nearly two weeks.
is it bigger than Rathergate? Disgraced CBS newsman Dan Rather should never be able to live down Rathergate,
the greatest media fraud of our time. [...] For public purposes, Rather sees no scandal in Rathergate. On a 10 scale
he has that one at zero. He is still sticking by the story that led to his defenestration from CBS News.
Zone: Rather Whines About Conway's 'Alternate Facts' Flub. Dan Rather, a man whose career at CBS was
destroyed by a lie he couldn't let go of, appeared on MSNBC's Hardball where he was outraged at Kellyanne Conway's coined
term of "alternate facts." "Well, to say it was unfortunate is, to put it mildly. This was a big mistake," he declared
as he started to tear into the president's advisor, "None of us can go into this world alternative facts."
Dan Rather Is Teaching Course on Truth
in the News. Anyone who is not rolling on the floor laughing must be too young to remember that Rather climbed to the top of
Big Media only to see his career collapse in disgrace when he tried to sabotage George W. Bush's reelection with clearly fake documents
casting aspersions upon W's National Guard service.
Editor: Dan Rather Preaching Journalistic Ethics is Like Keith Richards Preaching Abstinence. Wall
Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker has come under criticism for his appearance on Meet The Press this
past Sunday, specifically his comments regarding reluctance to label falsehoods as lies. Most notably, former CBS
Evening News anchor Dan Rather wrote a Facebook post in which he called this editorial philosophy "deeply disturbing."
In an op-ed published Wednesday afternoon [1/4/2017] on the Journal's website, Baker fired back at Rather, whom he referred
to as "a former television newsman of some renown." In the piece, Baker dismissed Rather's criticism in snarky fashion.
Fake News With The Realnews™ Revolution. [Scroll down] "You know what, you can put out completely
false things and, especially the way the Internet works, it'll go viral and worldwide," complained Dan Rather. "And the
truth has no chance of catching up with it." Unfortunately truth did catch up to Dan Rather, thanks to the internet, when
his damning document from the Vietnam War about President Bush turned out to have been written in Microsoft Word. Rather, who
still insists that the Microsoft Word document was from 1973, complains about a "post-truth" world. A recent movie in which he's
played by Robert Redford who travels back through time to the 70s with his trusty laptop running Microsoft Word was named "Truth".
RealNews™ outlets praised it, but it barely made back half its budget at the box office.
Fake News Stories from the Mainstream Media. [For example,] Rathergate: The pivotal scandal of the New
Media era was the pitiful end of Dan Rather's career at CBS News — a debacle so devastating to legacy media that
liberals still try to rewrite its history, every time they think nobody's looking. Rather and his producer Mary Mapes
tried to throw the 2004 election (and, in the minds of the strongest critics, America's war effort in Iraq) with a phony
story about George W. Bush's Air National Guard service, complete with falsified documents from the 1960s that were
demonstrably generated using 2004-era word processing software. Rathergate was a tremendous blow to the credibility of
CBS News, which generated a fresh tidal wave of fake news stories to protect Rather after his report on Bush was detonated
Five movie reviews:
Trouble With the Truth. There are several problems with the movie Truth. The first is that,
notwithstanding its title, it is a pack of lies. The second is that a large segment of the public knows that Truth
is a lie, and has no desire to see it for that reason. The third is that apparently — I haven't seen the film,
and won't — Truth is a crashing bore. So it's no surprise that Truth is a bomb.
Rather, Still Wrong After All These Years. Combine every speech about the nobility of the journalistic endeavor in every
film glorifying reporters intrepidly searching out truth, and you still won't come close to grasping the level of treacle —
there are other words — bubbling up out of "Truth." [...] The creative minds behind "Truth" — based on a book by
the CBS report's producer, Mary Mapes — have wrapped Mr. Rather and Ms. Mapes in a glow of heroic martyrdom so impenetrable
there's hardly a line not put to its service.
Nowhere Close to the Truth. For entertainment, the movie appears to be first rate, starring Robert Redford as Rather
and Cate Blanchett as Mapes. For understanding of the real truth behind Truth, viewers are advised to look elsewhere.
A Terrible, Terrible Movie About Journalism. Late in the movie Truth, the former 60 Minutes Wednesday producer
Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett) offers a Big Speech about the state of journalism, decrying the fact that all that people want to
read or watch on television these days is "conspiracy theories." The irony apparently lost on her (or at least on the writer-director
James Vanderbilt) is that she makes this charge while she herself is in the midst of presenting a conspiracy theory.
The Fiction of "Truth". The latest Hollywood
mythology is entitled "Truth." But the film is actually a fictionalized story about how CBS News super-anchor Dan Rather and
his "60 Minutes" producer supposedly were railroaded by corporate and right-wing interests into resigning. In reality, an
internal investigation by CBS found that Rather and his "60 Minutes" team — just weeks before the 2004 election —
had failed to properly vet documents of dubious authenticity asserting that a young George W. Bush had shirked his duty as a
Texas Air National Guard pilot.
This is a review of one of the movie reviews:
The Times stumbles onto...
The New York Times made itself a fool for the Rathergate film Truth. The Times not only published Stephen Holden's breathless review
of the film, the Times celebrated the film in a TimesTalks event featuring Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dan Rather, and Mary Mapes, hosted by
Times Magazine staff writer Susan Dominus. Holden also included Truth in his year-end best-of-2015 list (it's number 7!).
The Times went all in for this tribute to the greatest journalistic fraud of our era, as I noted in the City Journal column "Truth and the New
York Times." In its year-end review of possible Oscar contenders, however, Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera stumbles onto the truth and
blurts it out.
"Truth" doesn't pay.
With Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett as the stars, with Sony Classics spending millions to promote it, with the careful
staging of the film's rollout, with the institutional support of the New York Times, I thought the film would have a
good chance of doing well at the box office. Nevertheless, the weekend results can't be encouraging to Sony Classics
et al. According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed $901,000 over the weekend. Playing at 1,122 theaters,
the film brought in average gross per theater of $803.
Rather on Bush Memo Story: 'We Got to the Truth But We Paid a Painful Price'. Former CBS Evening News Anchor Dan Rather said
60 Minutes "got to the truth" in 2004 but paid a "painful price" for the story on former President George W. Bush's National
Guard service that aired before the 2004 presidential election. Aside from the authenticity of the memos, Rather said the "basic story"
remains true today.
CBS refuses to air
advertisements for 'Truth,' slams film. CBS will not run advertising for the new movie "Truth," and has denounced
the film as a disservice to both the public and journalists. The film, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, revisits
a painful episode in the network's past — the discrediting of a 2004 CBS News story on former President George W.
Bush's military service record. Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, and Blanchett plays his producer, Mary
Mapes. The two were behind a "60 Minutes II" story that questioned Bush's military record. CBS ended up
apologizing for the story after documents used were called into question and could not be verified. Mapes and three
news executives were fired. Rather left the network soon after.
"Truth," according to Mary Mapes.
The Rathergate film Truth opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday [10/16/2015]. The film, as I've mentioned a time or two
before, is based on Mary Mapes's Rathergate memoir Truth and Duty. Mapes stands behind the false and fraudulent story that
disgraced CBS News. She stands behind the fabricated documents on which the story was based. And now she has Cate Blanchett
taking a star turn on her behalf in the film, rewriting history along with her.
The paper of record shills for a movie that claims to exonerate Dan Rather — against all evidence.
Truth and the New York Times. [Scroll down] In the
second part, based on documents supposedly from the "personal file" of Bush's commanding officer, Rather reported that Bush had defied
an order to take a physical necessary to maintain his flight status and, among other things, thus failed to discharge his military
obligations. The segment was produced and written by Mary Mapes. In researching the story, Mapes spoke to witnesses with
firsthand knowledge of the Texas Air National Guard's personnel needs. She was told that they needed pilots at the time, and
that no influence would have been necessary to secure Bush's admission. The documents on which Rather based the second segment
proved to be fabricated on Microsoft Word in the computer era, not typewritten in the early 1970s by Bush's commanding officer or
anyone else. The content and format of the documents also betrayed their fabrication. The story began to fall apart
within a few hours of its broadcast. On September 20, 12 days after the broadcast, Rather extended an apology
"personally and directly" to viewers for his inability to authenticate the documents.
Dan Rather's Big Lie hits the big screen.
In their perversely titled film, Robert Redford plays Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchet plays Mary Mapes, the erstwhile CBS News anchor and producer
who collaborated on a spectacularly flawed September 2004 story about George W. Bush's National Guard service. Their report should
be taught at journalism schools for a long time to come as an object lesson in how not to attempt journalism. Rather and Mapes sought to
prove that Bush got his spot in the National Guard through political favoritism and then went AWOL. They rushed to air with a story that
was too good — i.e., too potentially damaging to Bush — to check. It fell apart under the slightest scrutiny,
although Rather and Mapes continue to maintain they got it right.
News Slams Rathergate Film: 'It's Astounding How Little Truth There Is In Truth'. CBS News is hopping
mad about the forthcoming Dan Rather-lionizing movie Truth. They hoped it "would come and go quickly in limited
release. But [Cate] Blanchett is generating Oscar buzz as a best actress contender for her tour de force performance as
[Mary Mapes,] the hard-charging producer swept up in a firestorm of partisan politics and media scrutiny of her work."
"It's astounding how little truth there is in Truth," proclaimed CBS in a statement. "There are, in fact, too many distortions,
evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. [...]"
truth behind Dan Rather's exit from CBS. Dan Rather is coming to your local movie
theater. At least the story behind why he's no longer at CBS is. In "Truth," Robert Redford plays
Rather. Cate Blanchett plays his CBS producer Mary Mapes. In 2004, Rather reported that President
George W. Bush's powerful father arranged to keep his son in the National Guard to prevent serving in
Vietnam. The report caused such hoo-hah that a treasured 24-year anchorman lost his job.
Once upon a time, Dan Rather — the fallen CBS celebrity anchorman from the evening news
and at 60 Minutes — was the master of "gotcha" journalism. Rather would play up
his populist credentials, do ambush interviews with supposedly self-important grandees, and then pull
out an unknown memo, an embarrassing quote from one's past, or some sort of previously unexamined
hypocrisy. And, presto, down went the high and mighty, as Rather grinned that he had taken down
another enemy of his middle-class viewers without power and influence. Rather became a
multimillionaire celebrity himself, and forgot the very rules of ethical journalism that he so often
preached to his victims. Nemesis finally — she is often a slowcoach goddess —
caught up with him at 73, in the heat of the 2004 campaign and furor at the Texan-twanged, evangelical,
Iraq War promoter George W. Bush.
Rathergate to Rolling Stone: Fake But Accurate. Rathergate has many similarities to
the Rolling Stone rape hoax. Both ignored the basic rules of journalism to pursue a narrative.
The narrative was so full of holes that bloggers and even casual readers realized that something was
wrong and stepped in where the professional journalists had failed. The difference is that
Rolling Stone has even less investment in its journalistic credibility than CBS did. The
principals will not be forced out. Their work may have been fake, but it was still accurate.
to Release Film Defending Dan Rather in Wake of Brian Williams Stolen Valor Lies. Echo
Lake Entertainment is set to release its independent film, Truth, the story of former CBS
anchor Dan Rather's self-destruction. It's based on the 2006 book Truth and Duty: The Press,
The President, and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes, the discredited CBS producer. Mapes
documents and defends Rather's 2004 attempts to use the forged "Killian documents" to portray former
President George W. Bush as someone who shirked duty in Vietnam.
Rather full of it.
The [Rathergate] story is worth revisiting, it seems to me, to assess what if anything has changed
in the intervening ten years. My conclusion is that the more things change, the more they stay the
same. The media and academia and the culture are saturated with the same suffocating left-wing bias
that facilitated Rathergate. The animus endows Rathergate with an evergreen quality.
Dan Rather's Obsession. Mr.
Rather's 44-year career at CBS (24 years of which he spent as the anchor of the CBS Evening News) ended because of his role in a
story that blew apart. The 2004 story was meant to smear President George W. Bush a few months before his reelection. The
problem is that it was based on forged National Guard documents that were almost immediately revealed as such. Yet Rather insists to
this very day that the forged documents were accurate.
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#10] Rathergate (or
Memogate): In an effort to damage George W. Bush's 2004 run for reelection, Dan Rather — whose bias goes back decades — floated
a story based on forged documents that claimed Bush had gone AWOL from his Texas Air National Guard unit back in 1973. Internet sleuths, though, realized
that the documents purporting to have been created on a 1970s era typewriter were actually made using a Microsoft computer font and obviously these computers
did not exist in 1973.
just laugh at Dan Rather — learn from him. In 2004, CBS News anchor Dan Rather was given a series of
memos purporting to show how George W. Bush had avoided service in Vietnam during the early 1970s. Rather wanted so badly
for the document to be real that he put it on the air without much thought. He even sexed up his sourcing a bit, claiming
(falsely) that the documents had been authenticated by experts. It took nearly two weeks for the fake documents to be exposed
and for this highly damaging story about George W. Bush to be disproven. For most of that period, CBS News and Rather
stridently defended their fake story, bringing further discredit upon the entire organization.
Dan Rather on Reddit: No one proved
that Bush documents were forged. Perhaps Rather believed that the Reddit community would agree with his version of the facts, but that wasn't the case.
Font expert Thomas Phinney, who has built a career on typography, responded on the Reddit conversation thread with a lengthy deconstruction of the forged Rather
documents: ["]I am on the left wing of the political spectrum, and I am also a typography expert who was quoted twice in the Washington Post about the
memos, and approached by ABC News to get my opinion on the topic. TL;DR: they were blatant forgeries.["]
Fake But Accurate: Delusional Dan Rather Still Believes Forged Documents Were Real. Nobody established the
documents were forged? Really, Danny?
Dan Rather: Bush AWOL Documents 'Not Proven' False.
On February 7th, Dan Rather participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit where he took questions from users. [...] Rather was asked if his AWOL story was true
despite the "beating" he took over it. In response, the newsman reiterated his long-time claim that his story was 100% true, saying, "no one had ever
established that the documents were forged."
Dan Rather Doubles
Down On Texas Air National Guard Story. On Monday's [4/30/2012] edition of Good Morning America, former CBS
Evening News anchor Dan Rather spoke with George Stephanopoulos about his new book Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News,
focusing for a moment on the controversial 60 Minutes report about George W. Bush and his Texas Air National Guard service
that led to Rather's exit at the network.
The return of "fake but accurate".
In 2004, bloggers exposed the memos at the heart of CBS' story about George W. Bush avoiding military service as forgeries,
forcing the termination of producer Mary Mapes and the disgrace of 60 Minutes II and Dan Rather. Defenders
of CBS claimed that while the memos themselves were fakes, the story was nonetheless still true, a laughingstock of an argument
that came to be known as "fake but accurate," and sometimes as "truthiness."
Combat Journalism. We can pinpoint the moment that
foretold the arrival of combat journalism. At 11:59 p.m. on September 8, 2004, a pseudonymous blogger on
FreeRepublic.com accused 60 Minutes of publicizing forged documents to cast suspicion on President Bush's service
in the Texas Air National Guard in the early 1970s. The charge was publicized by conservative new media and soon
proved correct: CBS was flaunting materials that had been produced using technology unavailable during the twilight
of the Vietnam War. The ensuing backlash claimed the jobs of four at CBS and pushed anchor Dan Rather into early
This page summarizes it well...
Rathergate is the scandal
surrounding the 60 Minutes II story aired on CBS in 2004 about George W. Bush's National Guard
service. Memos providing the basis for many of the claims in the report were supposedly created in 1973
and found in the files of the late Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian. Bloggers and blog readers
investigated the suspicious looking documents which were made available to the public on the CBS website and
found them to almost certainly be poor forgeries created on a modern era word processor. Four CBS
employees lost their jobs over the report. Dan Rather famously defended the report, claiming the memos
might be "fake, but accurate" and later went into early retirement.
or Lying? Mary Mapes is in the Huffington Post (your one-stop source for the craziest of the
loony left) today [6/7/2006], insisting once again that the fraudulent CBS National Guard memos were genuine
typewritten documents from the 1970s.
CBS News Producer Unrepentant. In her first interview since being fired, former CBS
News producer Mary Mapes maintains that her controversial "60 Minutes II" story on President Bush's
National Guard service was "true" and that "no one has proved that the documents were not
Dan Rather's Disgraced Cohort On Book
Tour. It is apparent that CBS News producer Mary Mapes hasn't learned anything after being
fired for using forged documents to smear President Bush. She calls White House official Karl Rove
the "mastermind" of the attacks on her story but admits to the Washington Post that she has no proof of
that. The Mapes performance, which is designed to sell her new book, can only diminish the
reputation of journalism even more. Have we reached a point in journalism where the facts and
evidence simply don't matter?
Surely Ms. Mapes knows that her credibility is shot. But she seems to understand that (in
the absence of factual evidence) sometimes the best defense is a strong offense, which is the
purpose of her book. I doubt if she will change anyone's mind.
Bush's Guard Service.
Veteran reporter, author and commentator Bernard Goldberg reports that when CBS News did its fake National
Guard story on George W. Bush avoiding service in Vietnam, it knew it was a lie.
Bernard Goldberg takes a look back at "Rathergate." That's the sorry episode in which CBS News claimed,
based on fabricated documents, that George W. Bush shirked his duty to his country during the Vietnam war
by maneuvering his way into the Texas National Guard, so as to avoid going to Vietnam.
Media-Anointed 'Legend' Reveals True Colors. Dan Rather commandeered the CBS Evening
News for 24 years before sustaining a self-inflicted career wound. Conservatives knew of
his liberal biases for years, as they did with Thomas, but the general public likely did not.
That all changed with the forged National Guard documents, the media scandal which essentially ended
Rather's big-league news career.
Rather out at CBS, sources say. After
44 years, Dan Rather will leave CBS by the end of the month, at the latest, industry sources said Friday
[6/16/2006]. His departure could come as early as next week. … Anchor of CBS Evening
News for a record 24 years until being forced out in March '05 by the Memogate scandal,
Rather was fighting to stay at the network in some "meaningful" capacity. It was clear that the
network wanted him gone.
Dan Rather Signs
Off. Rather's contract with the network was scheduled to expire in November, but he was
unable to reach agreement with CBS on a new pact. He had worked as a correspondent for "60 Minutes"
since stepping down as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" last year.
Reflections on Dan
Rather: Dan Rather's exit from CBS last week should prompt viewers to reflect on the nature of
much of television journalism. Rather and other anchors served, and still serve, their networks as
"journalists" of a rather special kind — presenters of other people's work for which they get
The Dan Rather File: Decades of Liberal Media
Bias. Numerous articles and video clips.
The Death Cry Of Snob Journalism: Dan
Rather, Professional Journalist, and CBS News, Professional News Network, want us to keep believing that they
are the ordained purveyors of truth. They are the mature and responsible mavens of media ethics.
They are the information gatekeepers with unparalleled judgment, dedicated to the high principles of The
Craft of Journalism, unwavering in their crusade for the public interest.
Ahead, Rather Throws Sad Look Back. Mr. Rather's contract with CBS, and "60 Minutes," is not
scheduled to expire until late November. But he said yesterday that he and the network
were close to an agreement that would end his tenure early, and that he was seriously mulling a new venture
that, at least initially, relatively few viewers would be able to see: he would develop and be the host
of a weekly interview program on a high-definition television channel known as HDNet.
Birthday To Me: Wayward Heyward Cashes Out at CBS. When beleaguered CBS News president
Andrew Heyward finally resigned last Friday [11/4/2005], many wondered what had taken him so
long. Ever since 60 Minutes' botched 2004 story on Bush's National Guard service resulted
in the purge of star producer Mary Mapes and three other staffers last year, Heyward's endangered
status at CBS had been painfully apparent to network insiders.
attempts to rehabilitate CBS: One year after the credibility of CBS News collapsed
over their use of fake memos against George W. Bush, lame attempts to rehabilitate CBS seem
to be everywhere. Dan Rather is now telling anyone who will listen that after defending the
report, then apologizing for it, he now thinks it's true again.
Guard Memo Story "Accurate," Never Proven Not So. In an interview with
Marvin Kalb carried live by C-SPAN from the National Press Club on Monday night
[9/26/2005], Dan Rather made quite clear that he believes in the accuracy of his
Bush National Guard story based on what everyone else realizes were fabricated memos.
This article sums it up very well:
devastation of Dan: Though within hours of CBS' airing of the memos their
genuineness lay in tatters across the Internet and the pages of the nation's major
newspapers, the panel refuses to go there. It concludes: "The panel was
not able to reach a definitive conclusion as to the authenticity of the
documents." Mountains of evidence, not least including the panel's own exhibits,
show the memos to be forgeries beyond a reasonable doubt.
Who Was the CBS
Forger? Now that the brouhaha over Dan Rather's "Memogate" scandal is no
longer front-and-center in the national media, one has to wonder why there's been no
closure to the issue of the documents themselves. Bill Burkett, the supplier of
the documents to CBS, changed his story on the source of the documents, ultimately
claiming that one "Lucy Ramirez" gave them to him. No one even knows who Lucy
Ramirez is, if she exists of if she's another figment of Burkett's imagination.
More Heads Should Roll
at CBS. [The Thornburgh-Boccardi report] reveals on page 130 that CBS News producer
Mary Mapes, one of four fired because of the scandal, had documented information
in her possession before the controversial September 8 broadcast that George W. Bush, while
in the Texas Air National Guard, "did volunteer for service in Vietnam but was turned down
in favor of more experienced pilots." This information is critical because Rather, in the
broadcast, insinuated that Bush was among the "many well-connected young men [who tried to]
pull strings and avoid service in Vietnam."
shoddy legacy: Rather … is counting on a reversal of public opinion in
the future, hoping to rehabilitate himself, just like his old nemesis, Richard Nixon. "I've
learned to trust the audience," he told the Los Angeles Times. "The harshest critic could
not be nearly as hard on me as I am on myself." And that's absurd. If Rather were
the slightest bit hard on himself, he would have resigned the minute the forgery
to Rather. Zeal is not bias and bias is not zeal, regardless of what spin is
being put out in the media about Dan Rather. At one time, when the big three broadcast
networks had a virtual monopoly, their spin became "facts" for all practical purposes. The
way Dan Rather and CBS News tried to stonewall and brazen out the forged document scandal
suggests that they didn't realize the extent to which their monopoly was gone.
hardly knew ye. One can forgive Rather for thanking of the "hundreds of
professionals" at CBS News he worked with, even if it was a wry reminder that he let a
few fellow professionals get the axe for a story he was in charge of. No, what was most
revealing in his farewell was the way he decided to take the word "courage" back down from the shelf.
and Dan Rather — A Nation Remembers. As you read the hoaxes
perpetrated by [the Left-Wing Media] against the American people, appreciate
that these hoaxes were contrived from interwoven myths forged via repetition. The
purpose of these hoaxes was to defeat President Bush in Election 2004 and restore the
Democrat Party to power. It is incomprehensible that investigative journalists could get
so much wrong about a story without a malicious intent to deceive the American people.
the Obvious. It doesn't take psychoanalysis to figure out what Dan Rather's motivations
were; the legal system has a process for recognizing bias. Had the Panel applied in good faith
the ordinary legal principles for assessing motivation, it almost surely would have
inferred the existence of political bias on the part of Rather and Mapes.
the CBS Report actually admits. The Thornburgh/Boccardi Report … tells us
quite a bit that is embarrassing to those who are paying for it. … The report generally
indicates that Rather was acting in a Wizard of Oz capacity with no real role in the
production of these shows. … Mapes came off far worse. On every of the many
panel findings of fact about the production of the show, its vetting and the questions
of political bias, every single thing she reported to the panel was contested by the
other witnesses and the facts themselves.
Bias? What Political Bias? Simply put, there was no reason
for [CBS network president Leslie] Moonves to spend half a million dollars of the
network's money on a report that could have been written for free by an intern
with a dial-up Internet connection and a decent knowledge of how to use Google effectively.
the subject from CBS. The drama over the release of the CBS internal probe
of Rathergate had several acts. In the first act, nearly everyone acknowledged that
the actual "news" gathering by CBS was amazingly unprofessional.
Revenge: In September , Dan Rather, using fabricated and forged
memos, fired a head shot at the president of the United States. The gun blew up
in his face. The rest is history. At CBS, they know today that their
power is disappearing, their audience is departing, and their credibility
is shot. Conservative perseverance exposed the liberal bias, and technology
killed the monopoly.
No Nose for
News. In some unfinished business from the "Rathergate"
scandal, we continue to come across people who don't know that USA Today
ran the same virtual story as CBS News, based on the same bogus Bush National
Guard documents. CBS apologized and fired four. USA Today hasn't
apologized or fired anybody. It hopes the scandal will simply
go away. … With few exceptions, the major media have let
USA Today off the hook for using the bogus documents.
away. No one, and I mean no one, inside or outside network news, would
have predicted in January that Dan Rather would quit before his 25th anniversary in
the anchor chair in 2006. That was the early betting line. Others thought
Dan would stay as long as humanly possible and attempt to be the Strom Thurmond of
Bias to the
Bitter End: The Osama bin Laden video tape was big news in the final
days of the campaign, and this news event was spun by the media so as not to benefit
Bush. A Washington Post story by Dana Priest and Walter Pincus said that
bin Laden had "injected himself into the final days of the U.S. presidential
campaign, warning that American voters will be held accountable for electing
any president who seeks to destroy al Qaeda and persecutes Muslims." But
near the end of the article, if you read that far, the authors cited evidence that
bin Laden was on the defensive, and that Bush's policies in Afghanistan and
Iraq had put him there. Clearly, bin Laden wanted Bush's defeat.
Rathergate continues. As a
result of the Thornburgh investigation into Dan Rather's phony document story about President
Bush, CBS president Leslie Moonves demanded the resignations of executive producer Josh Howard
and two other employees. But they are refusing to resign. Evidence shows that Howard
was among the first to raise questions about the report. Considering themselves scapegoats,
the employees are planning to sue the network. Their attorneys are saying they will subpoena
records and e-mails that will implicate Moonves himself in the fiasco.
media: Who in the major media has asked why John Kerry would need to be
issued an honorable discharge during the Carter administration, years after leaving
the navy, unless his original discharge was less than honorable? One of Jimmy
Carter's first acts as President was to issue an order granting amnesties to draft
dodgers who had fled the country during the Vietnam war and also allowing an upgrading
of military discharges that had been less than honorable.
Joseph Goebbels award. No need to prolong the suspense. This year's
Joseph Goebbels award goes by a narrow but decisive margin to CBS News anchorman
Dan Rather for his planned broadcast on "60 Minutes" — just days before the
election — to discredit President Bush's National Guard service
30 years earlier.
CBS for Rathergate. If you believe CBS' report it was all producer Mary Mapes
fault — Dan Rather was not much more than an innocent bystander in the scandal that
now bears his name: "Rathergate." CBS would also have you believe there was no evidence
that politics played a role in CBS airing of a story based on forged documents. CBS, for that
matter, still won't say the documents were forged.
CBS Fires Four "Rathergate"
Employees. Four CBS News employees have been ousted in connection with CBS's flawed,
inaccurate "September surprise" story questioning George W. Bush's National Guard service.
Bozell Statement on Bob Schieffer Being Named to Replace Dan Rather: "Naming
Bob Schieffer to replace Dan Rather, even for the short term, further proves the
CBS 'investigation' into the Rathergate fiasco was a whitewash. … "The
problem starts at the top. Les Moonves can no longer swap pawns and feel
that will pacify the deserved criticism. He must make bold moves and bring in people
who are committed to reporting facts, not viewpoints."
Bias, or Ducks. The Thornburgh Independent Review Panel report on the September 8,
2004 Bush-Air National Guard story on 60 Minutes II didn't find any evidence of political bias at
CBS. This is not surprising, since they didn't look for any.
and the Holy Grail: Thornburgh and Boccardi … provided plenty
of ammo for those who see bias. There were the men who were cited as
authorities on air, even though they had no personal knowledge of the
documents. There were the voices that contradicted Burkett — Killian's
wife, son and superior officer — but who were left out of the
story or misrepresented. Not only did the show not heed experts who
warned that the documents were dicey — it told the
public these experts authenticated the papers.
at Black Rock. The lawyers hired to independently investigate CBS have a lawyer/client
relationship with CBS. Presumably, as a senior member of that firm, Independent Review Panel Member
Richard Thornburgh also has CBS as a fiduciary client. Thus, unlike similarly named government
independent investigations — this one is paid for by, and carried out on behalf of, the
target of the investigation.
Still Don't Get It. The report of the independent review panel … was
designed to lay the entire matter to rest. But the upshot of the inquiry reveals
a remarkable thing about the liberal media and their defenders. They still don't
get it. The best indicator of this attitude is in some of the language used in
the review panel's report.
Worse Than You Thought. Curious how the Thornburgh-Boccardi panel decided the CBS
documents weren't necessarily fakes? Read Appendix 4. Leave aside the "no political
bias" finding; leave aside the kid-glove treatment of Dan Rather and Andrew Heyward. This
abdication of responsibility by the panel in the face of their own expert's conclusions is so
startling that it legitimately calls into question — by itself — everything
else in the report.
tangled web of CBS: Whether they knew it was a deceit or not I cannot
say, but surely in their cover-up they recognized their deceitfulness. Surely
they knew they were stretching the truth when they claimed the phony documents they relied
on to support their phony story were provided by "unimpeachable sources." Those
"sources" ended up being but one source, Bill Burkett. And who is
he? Mr. Burkett is a well-known anti-Bush obsessive.
CBS News' Boss Hired
Private Eye To Source Memos. If the documents are fakes, they
are apparently illegal — it is against the law in Texas to forge a
government document, according to Chapter 32.21 of the Texas Penal Code. The
chapter on forgery makes it clear that forging a government record, state or federal,
is a felony. But Mr. Burkett has never been pursued by authorities, who could feasibly
force him to answer questions under oath about where he got the memos….
big change in the news. Determined to stay in character to the end, [Dan
Rather] announced his retirement with the same ill grace with which he'd conducted his
last and biggest scandal, claiming that it had nothing to do with his decision to step
down. When, of course, his disgrace still hangs over every word he says
liar, now you're fired. Dan Rather and his crack investigative producer
Mary Mapes are still not admitting the documents were fakes. Of course,
Dan Rather is still not admitting Kerry lost the election or that a woman named
Juanita Broaddrick credibly accused Bill Clinton of rape.
Will Paulson Resign from
USA Today? Accuracy in Media has been on top of this story since Day One,
noting that CBS News and Dan Rather have been taking a beating over the use of the forged
documents. USA Today has a lot to explain and heads should roll there, too. We
noted at the time that USA Today received and publicized the phony documents from the
CBS source, Bill Burkett, assuming they were authentic.
Dan Rather in
Crisis: An extensive collection of information and commentary about
Dan Rather's scandal, how he got himself into this mess, and how he stubbornly kept
himself in it. Ultimately, Dan Rather wagered his credibility on this story,
and lost it.
Outrageous Liberal Bias. Dan Rather replaced Walter Cronkite as anchor of
the then-top rated CBS Evening News on March 9, 1981. Since then, his on-air liberal bias
has become the stuff of legend. For Rather's 20th anniversary in 2001, the Media Research
Center compiled some of Rather's most quotable bias, along with illustrations of his
nearly-nonsensical "Ratherisms" and his equally-comical denials of liberal bias. As
ABC's Peter Jennings and NBC's Tom Brokaw reached their 20th anniversaries in 2003, Rather
was still on CBS each night, a longtime liberal advocate masquerading as a journalist.
Anger. Anger, the most toxic of emotions, has poisoned the American left and much of the
Democratic Party. To the astonishment of many level-headed political professionals,
the Kerry campaign is unable to let go of its charges that George Bush's Air National
Guard service was deficient, even as CBS and Dan Rather become a national laughingstock
for their airing of forged documents and inability to 'fess up. The public plainly isn't
buying the notion that something which may or may not have happened thirty years ago is
determinative of the worthiness of the sitting President and Commander-in-Chief
to be re-elected.
Denials and Lashing Out at Critics Over Forged Memos. "Dan Rather in
Crisis," a compilation section for the MRC's Web site of CyberAlert coverage of Dan
Rather's denials and lashing out at critics over his use of forged documents in a political
hit job meant to destroy President Bush. And remember, Rather has yet to concede his
use of forgeries. The September 21 Chicago Tribune quoted him: "Do I think
they're forged? No."
Brent Bozell on Dan Rather's Stepping Down as Anchor of CBS Evening News: "Mr.
Rather has many personal qualities we have found admirable, but he has, unfortunately, often
misled the American people time and again with biased reporting on a wide variety of issues and
subjects central to their daily lives. Time and again the issue of a liberal bias in his reporting
has been raised, and time and again he has chosen to simply ignore the criticism or deny the
Accuracy in Media Declares
Victory Over CBS and Dan Rather. Calling it the vindication of
Accuracy in Media founder Reed Irvine, who started a "Can Dan" campaign
16 years ago, AIM today hailed the "retirement" or "resignation" of
Dan Rather from the CBS Evening News. However, AIM said that he has
still not been held accountable for his vicious September 8, 2004, 60 Minutes
broadcast that was designed to sabotage President Bush's re-election. "This
was a brazen attempt to deceive the American people and subvert a presidential
election," said AIM editor Cliff Kincaid. "It was a conspiracy to deceive
The following article appears on the CBS web site, and may contain
unnecessary superlatives and self-serving rhetoric.
Replace Dan Rather? With Dan Rather's announcement that he will step down as anchor
and managing editor of the CBS Evening News in March, speculation is on about who will next
occupy one of the most visible chairs in American journalism.
An obnoxious Rathergate
delay: Speaking to a media conference thrown by the financial giant Goldman Sachs last
week, CBS boss Les Moonves gave his view from the mountaintop about the Dan Rather forgery scandal and
how the network's independent investigation would proceed. "Obviously, it should be done probably
after the election is over, so that it doesn't affect what is going on." What? Dan Rather
and CBS try to destroy the Bush campaign with a file of phony military documents, and now they think it
would be politically sensitive to release an independent critique of their bias before the election.
Another web page covers this topic:
Against the World. Amid mounting pressure, CBS has stood firm in its position that
memos criticizing the president's military record are authentic and accurate. However,
other news outlets are systematically undermining every aspect of CBS' original story.
All That - Dan Rather goes the way of the dinosaurs. Dan Rather considers
it outrageous and offensive that anyone would question the judgment that led to this
situation. He defends what appear to be very shoddy methods (reading letters over
the phone to sources, asking sources not to talk to the press, etc.), as if only
a "partisan" or a fool would question them.
Source for CBS Bush Guard Memos? A principal source for CBS's story was Bill Burkett,
a disgruntled former Guard officer who lives in Baird, Texas, who says he was present at Guard
headquarters in Austin in 1997, when a top aide to the then Governor Bush ordered records sanitized
to protect the Boss. Other Guard officials disputed Burkett's account, and the Bush aide
involved, Joe Allbaugh, called it "absolute garbage."
or ABC spin? As if Dan Rather's use of forged documents to try to discredit
President Bush shortly before the election was not enough of a clue to the mainstream
media's political agenda, ABC News has now joined CBS News in the political spin
game. What ABC News has done was too elaborate to be called a "mistake."
chasm in military support for Kerry and Bush. October 11 editions of Military
Times publications (Navy Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times, Air Force Times) carried an
astounding story not likely to get much coverage in the establishment press. Bush leads
Democratic Sen. John Kerry 73 percent to 18 percent in the voluntary survey of
4,165 active-duty, National Guard, and reserve subscribers.
Analyst: "Presidency Slipping Away From George Bush". All
three Thursday morning shows [10/14/2004] led with Wednesday's debate. Once again,
CBS was the most emphatic in declaring that John Kerry had won, repeatedly touting its
Web-based poll of 200 "uncommitted voters." Early Show political analyst Craig Crawford
insisted that watching the debate "you could feel the presidency slipping away
from George Bush."
Bob Schieffer, CBS's Dan Rather Echo. Conservatives have complained
that CBS's Bob Schieffer should not be rewarded with a moderator's post after CBS
tried to crumble the Bush campaign with forged military documents. They could
suggest that Schieffer has failed the test of objectivity all by himself.
is a sign of the times. Bernard Goldberg, (author of
"Bias") spent 28 years
at CBS. He called Rathergate "inevitable," a product of liberal groupthink and a
predisposition to believe the worst in Republicans.
gang that couldn't report straight. Mary Mapes, the very liberal producer whose
career is going the way of the dodo, has been working on the Bush Air National Guard story for
five years — more than a year longer than Bush has been president. That's
not a sprint, it's a marathon.
just doesn't get it. It's not enough to say you're sorry when your
network's most prominent and trusted journalists tried to influence the outcome
of an election. Dan Rather and his "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes
showed no genuine interest in reporting the truth. Their obvious motive was
to discredit a sitting president, to portray him as a shirker unfit to be commander
in chief. Mapes has admitted she's been chasing this story for five years. Her
eagerness to move the story forward included urging Joe Lockhart, the former Bill
Clinton White House spokesman now a top aide in John Kerry's campaign, to talk to
Bill Burkett, the man who provided the forged documents to CBS. Rather and Mapes
must go. Anything less makes CBS itself a witting accomplice in this partisan
CBS News, "Memogate" and
Postmodernism: What are we to make of Dan Rather's claim that the documents
were "authentic" even if "fake"? This is postmodernism in its purest form. Rather,
who continues to insist that he is a serious journalist committed to "investigative reporting
without fear or favoritism," tried to persuade the public that the documents continued to prove
his point even if they were counterfeits. Has Dan Rather lost his mind?
the outrage – at CBS? Both [Dan Rather and Mary Mapes] are today
material witnesses to a felony, the enablers of a criminal conspiracy to bring down a
president through the creation and dissemination of forged U.S. government
documents. Yet, rather than acting like innocent parties of a vicious
plot to destroy a president, Rather and Mapes are acting like a pair of
co-conspirators, with grudging admissions and insincere apologies.
role: Twenty years ago, CBS News and Dan Rather might have been able to continue
to bluff their way out of the forged documents scandal because the other members of the big-three
broadcast networks were unlikely to press the issue. The biggest mistake of Dan Rather
and CBS News was in not realizing that it was not 20 years ago any more.
Viacom Board Needs to
Protect CBS From Rather. How should a business owner respond to a highly
compensated employee in a position of great responsibility engaging in seemingly irrational
behavior that is causing great harm to the firm and its brand names? And what if the company
is in a business like news reporting where reputation is everything? Of course, it depends
on the circumstances, but one thing is for certain. Doing nothing is not an option.
Partisan Connections of
Rathergate. The "Rathergate" scandal of Dan Rather and CBS News using fake documents
against President Bush demonstrates the fallacy of so-called campaign finance reform. CBS News has an
exemption under the law because it is supposed to be a bona fide news organization. But
the "Rathergate" scandal has all the earmarks of a Democratic Party operation, masquerading
as "news," in order to evade legal limits on contributions to the John Kerry campaign.
The meaning of Dan. Much
as we'd like to put Dan Rather and CBS to bed without supper, one final point needs a hearing: why this
Closing ranks around Rather is a
disgrace. Dan Rather's fellow broadcast news anchors closed ranks around him over the weekend
calling the recent criticism of his fraudulent "60 Minutes" report a "kind of political jihad." Both
NBC's Tom Brokaw and ABC's Peter Jennings defended their colleague at a journalism gathering in New York City.
Up in Dan Rather's Valley of Forgery. Despite some sharp investigative
reporting on Rathergate and some journalists who have seen bias (even "obsession") in
the forgery-stained 60 Minutes story of September 8, a number of prominent
journalists are joining Dan Rather inside his circled wagons.
Heads Should Roll at USA
Today. CBS News and Dan Rather have been taking a beating over the use
of the forged documents, but USA Today has a lot to explain and heads should roll
there, too. It also received and publicized the phony documents from Bill
Burkett, assuming they were authentic. It used Burkett as a confidential
source and its standards for "verifying" the documents turn out to be even
worse than those of CBS News!
Report Says the Bush
Documents Came From Texas. The Washington Post reported that documents
CBS says were written by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian — who, at the time, was
Bush's commanding officer — bore markings showing they were faxed to CBS
News from a Kinko's copy shop in Abilene, Texas.
Guard Documents Traced to Texas Kinko's. There is only one Kinko's in
Abilene, and it is 21 miles from the Baird, Texas, home of retired Texas National
Guard officer Bill Burkett, who has been named by several news outlets as a possible
source for the documents.
Texas Press Drops the
Ball on CBS Memogate. The fact that the big Texas papers stepped back and let
the big dogs take over surely bodes more ill for good journalism than Rather's
lapse. There's no greater threat to a healthy and free press than editors
and reporters who ignore a good story.
Rather: The Final Days. Rather's conduct remains inexplicable. Why
would he risk his career on the authenticity of 30-year-old memos that CBS' own experts
questioned and he apparently got from an inveterate Bush-hater who was demanding anonymity
for his accusations?
NewsMax Poll: Dan Rather Must
Resign. Millions of Americans are outraged by CBS News and Dan Rather for their obstinance in
admitting they used forged documents to indict the military record of George W. Bush.
Killian Family Wants an Apology From
CBS. Gary Killian of Houston, son of the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, a Texas Air National
Guard commander over Bush in the early 1970s, says CBS owes his family an apology for airing false documents
attributed to his father, according to a report in the Kansas City Star.
Rather's Game is
Over. The jig is up. The game is over. CBS tried to energize the country into voting
against President Bush by highlighting forged documents it said would prove Bush's failure to serve honorably
in the Texas Air National Guard. The smoking gun went up in smoke. Once caught, CBS and Dan Rather
could have responded with a simple apology. Instead, they went ballistic - and now must pay
the price for their defiance.
Dan Rather's Last Stand: Dan Rather and
CBS News on Wednesday night [9/15/2004] came up with what looks like their final defense of the use of probably
forged documents to discredit President Bush's service in the National Guard. Rather said that the
controversial documents may be "re-creations" of actual documents that he doesn't have! The latest turn
in the scandal is a clever ploy and shell game on the part of Rather and it may buy him some time.
The Father of the CBS News Producer
Calls Her "Typical Liberal". The father of Mary Mapes, the CBS News producer who reportedly spent
five years trying to prove George W. Bush received special treatment in the Air National Guard, a quest
which culminated in her eager acceptance of the forged memos, described her as "a typical liberal" who "went
into journalism with an axe to grind, and that was to promote radical feminism," FNC's Brit Hume relayed
Monday night [9/20/2004].
Dan Rather: Fairly
unbalanced. Such an outrageous fraud was inevitable given the mendacity and outright partisanship
of the press. Burkett didn't come to CBS; CBS found Burkett. Rather's producer, Mary Mapes, called
Joe Lockhart at the Kerry campaign and told him he needed to talk to Burkett. Lockhart himself is the
apotheosis of the media-DNC complex, moving in and out of Democratic campaigns and jobs with the mainstream
media, including at ABC, NBC and CNN.
Accused of "Political Attack" in Federal Election Complaint. The Federal Election Commission
received a complaint Thursday [9/23/2004] asking that CBS be punished for broadcasting a "political attack ad"
against President Bush in violation of campaign finance laws.
were already suspicious about CBS' Rather. On [the evening of Sept. 5, 1975], a
much younger and very dashing Dan Rather was the host of a CBS special entitled "Guns of
Autumn." ... When the program ended, I realized Dan Rather had lent his journalistic
credibility to a hatchet job on America's hunters. "Guns of Autumn" wasn't an
examination of hunting; it was largely a one-hour condemnation of hunting.
Document — Real or Fake? The proposed letter that CBS used in [its] piece regarding
President Bush's National Guard Service is indeed fake. As a document specialist and graphic artist since
1975, the document is clearly a forged document. In fact, one can see that someone also rotated the
document by opening through Adobe Photoshop and counter-rotating it by 1 degree (CCW).
CBS Stands by Memos on Bush Guard
Service. CBS News acknowledges memos it received about President Bush's service in the Air
National Guard are difficult to definitively authenticate, but says they came from "solid sources." Some
forensic experts were quoted by news organizations, including The Associated Press, saying the memos appeared to
have been computer-generated with characteristics that weren't available three decades ago.
Some Question Authenticity of
Papers on Bush. An examination of the documents by The Washington Post shows that they are
formatted differently from other Texas Air National Guard documents whose authenticity is not questioned.
with your ideology rather than your brain makes you susceptible to being duped. Dan
Rather and CBS News are finding this out the hard way.
Rather Biased? When
memos "surfaced" from President Bush's commander in the Texas Air National Guard questioning
Bush's commitment to serve, CBS' Dan Rather was all too ready to bite. Now it appears
the memos are going to bite back. They might just be fake.
Times. With the New York Times reporting that a key 60 Minutes source has
turned on CBS, their earlier decision to "stand by their story" has doubled a bet on a
losing hand. Retired General Bobby Hodges of the Texas Air National Guard
repudiated the documents which CBS said he would corroborate.
IBM Selectric Composer: For a couple of days now we've been talking about whether
the CBS memos could have been produced using the technology available in 1972 and
1973. We've talked about two typewriters mainly, both widely used at that time: the
IBM Executive series and the IBM Selectric series. Though the question has hardly been
conclusively answered, the consensus of opinion among interested parties seems to be that
neither an Executive nor a Selectric could have produced these memos.
More CBS Document Example. Here is an animated GIF, alternating between the
PDF version of the Microsoft Word document I created, and the CBS News "original."
Magazine: Not Even Close. An article by Edward Mendelson at PC Magazine
claims to have debunked my comparisons of the CBS News Killian documents with my
versions typed in MS
Word [in his article], "Bush's
Exam Doc - Real or Fake?" A person writing for PC Magazine
really ought to know better than to try to pull off such an obvious flimflam. Now
the other hand, is a perfect match.
Electronic typesetting pioneer says the
Bush "Guard memos" are forgeries! First off, before I start getting a lot
of the wrong kind of mail: I am not a fan of George Bush. But I am even less a
fan of attempts to commit fraud, and particularly by a complete and utter failure of those
we entrust to ensure that if the news is at least accurate. I know it is asking far
too much to expect the news to be unbiased. But the people involved should not actually
lie to us, or promulgate lies created by hoaxers, through their own incompetence.
Dan's world: After a
week in the media pillory, beginning in the blogosphere and spreading even to the mainstream media bastions of the
Washington Post and ABC News, Dan Rather and CBS have suggested, barely, that their documents may be fake.
Bush Guard papers "forged":
New information casts additional doubts about the authenticity of the memos purportedly written concerning
President Bush by a former superior officer in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1970s, as Dan Rather and CBS
News doggedly stuck to their guns defending the documents. "They're forged as hell," said Earl W.
Lively, 76, who during the era in question was director of Texas Air National Guard operations in Austin.
News and let's pretend:
Amazingly, this guy at the Air National Guard base, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, had the only typewriter in Texas in
1973 using a prototype version of the default letter-writing program of Microsoft Word, complete with the tiny
little superscript thingy that automatically changes July 4th to July 4TH.
What Did Rather Know, and When Did
He Know It? For someone like Sandy Berger, it is always better to claim sloppiness than evil
intent, but for a news organization, the issue is not nearly as clear. It is the job of an organization
like CBS to sort out the real from the phony. If they don't do that, what earthly good are they?
CBS News vs. The White House: If there is
some lingering doubt as to whether or not the CBS News documents on President Bush's service in the National
Guard are fakes, the White House has itself partly to blame. It continues to act as if one or more of the
documents may be legitimate. Considering the fact that the White House refuses to condemn the documents
outright as forgeries, the media cannot be blamed for saying that the jury is still out. Clearly, however,
the burden of proof is now on CBS News to validate the controversial documents.
Evidence: It now appears that the key evidence against Bush is a horribly obvious forgery.
The style of the lettering and the manner of the printing prove to even the most gullible reader that these
papers could not have been authored in the 70's, as claimed.
named in Bush memo left Guard before document was written. The
man named in a disputed memo as exerting pressure to "sugar coat" President
Bush's military record left the Texas Air National Guard a year and a half before
the memo was supposedly written, his own service record shows.
Secretary: "These Are Not Real". Marian Carr Knox, the
former secretary of President Bush's National Guard commander says
that CBS's documents are fake and that she did not type them.
Finding the mystery man: CBS,
trying to defend its indefensible assumption that evidently-forged documents are real, is relying on Robert
Strong's supposed authentication of the documents. I tracked down the former Texas Air National Guard
administrative officer in Austin, TX, and he said he did not authenticate them, but observed that "They look
like they could be real."
Rather be wrong.
Dan Rather relied on the testimony of a hyperpartisan Democrat and former Texas politician, Ben Barnes, whose
story about getting Bush into the Guard has changed numerous times. Because Barnes is a co-chairman of
the Kerry campaign, Rather needed something better than Barnes' word. He thought he found it in four
documents, which Rather claimed substantiated the report. The only problem: The documents are
almost certainly forgeries — if by "almost certainly" you mean "absolutely, positively."
How weak is Strong's testimony?
The original CBS 60 Minutes II report about President Bush's military service claimed that Robert Strong, "now
a college professor, believes these documents are genuine." Strong, described by CBS as a "friend and
colleague" of Lt Col Killian, said, "I was very fond of him, liked him personally." That's important,
because Mr. Strong is now just about the last witness standing. But it turns out that (1) he worked
in Austin, not Houston, and (2) had a professional, not personal relationship with Killian. He admits he
can't authenticate the documents.
Should the FEC Get Involved in
Forgerygate? I suggest asking CBS to immediately assemble an independent
commission comprised of forgery experts. The commission should be given one week to
determine whether it is more likely than not that the documents in question were
forged. If CBS does not cooperate, a boycott against both CBS and its major
advertisers should be organized.
Editor's Note: Media critics
and others aren't suddenly dumping on Dan Rather just because of this latest
incident. The following article was written in 2001.
Dan Rather, Democratic
Fundraiser: The man who almost always described Kenneth Starr to his TV audience as a
"Republican independent counsel" (hinting that the first adjective canceled out the second) is
now an established "Democratic objective newsman."
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Flawed. "These sure look like forgeries," said William Flynn, a forensic document expert widely
considered the nation's top analyst of computer-generated documents. Flynn looked at copies of the
documents posted on the CBS News website. "I would say it looks very likely that these documents could
not have existed" in the early 1970s, he says, when they were allegedly written.
CBS News denies Bush docs are
forged. Experts suspect damning '70s memos were created with a modern word processor.
Killian's widow and son also have questioned the memos' authenticity. Marjorie Connell told the
Washington Post she was "livid" at CBS and described the records as "a farce." Connell said her
husband did not keep files and considered Bush "an excellent pilot." "I don't think there were any
documents," she said. "He was not a paper person."
Take a look
at this document for yourself. It is written in a proportional-spaced font. Ordinary
typewriters did not do that in 1973. Only a professional typesetter could have
produced a document like that in 1973 – not an office typewriter.
Surface About Bush Memos. Independent document examiner Sandra Ramsey
Lines said the memos looked like they had been produced on a computer using Microsoft
Word software. Lines, a document expert and fellow of the American Academy of
Forensic Sciences, pointed to a superscript – a smaller, raised "th" in "111th Fighter
Interceptor Squadron" – as evidence indicating forgery. Microsoft Word
automatically inserts superscripts in the same style as the two on the memos
obtained by CBS, she said.
Other Networks Keep Quoting CBS's
"Memos". ABC, NBC and CNN all acknowledged Thursday night [9/9/20004] that their hyped reporting
on Wednesday of new charges against President Bush's National Guard service might be based on a big hoax, but
that didn't stop them from repeatedly quoting from "memos" that may be nothing more than a campaign dirty trick.
Discredited Memos: The copies of copies of copies that formed the
basis for the latest charges were supposedly typed by Guard officer Jerry Killian
three decades ago and placed in his "personal" file. But it is the default
typeface of Microsoft Word, highly unlikely to have been used by that Texas
colonel, who died in 1984. His widow says he could hardly type and his son
warned CBS that the memos were not real. When the mainstream press checked
the sources mentioned or ignored by "60 Minutes II," the story came apart.
Mainstream Media vs the Bloggers:
The death cry of snob
journalism: Dan Rather, Professional Journalist, and CBS News, Professional News Network, want us
to keep believing they are the ordained purveyors of truth. They are the mature and responsible mavens of
media ethics. They are the information gatekeepers with unparalleled judgment, dedicated to the high
principles of The Craft of Journalism, unwavering in their crusade for the public interest.
the march of the mainstream media. A revolution is sweeping the American media that
will eventually spread to this part of the world. What is happening is that for the first
time in decades, if not ever, the power of the mainstream media (MSM) in the United States is
being seriously challenged by a mostly ragtag army of outsiders armed with little more
than the internet. The age of the blogger is upon us.
now and forever wish you hadn't. As a longtime observer of the blog
phenomenon — awed by the volcanic energy and talent that erupts by the
nanosecond and flows without pause — I'm a fan. But I'm
also wary of such unbridled power. For all their attractive swashbuckling and
bravura, bloggers also can become a cyber-mob that acts, as mobs do, without
conscience or restraint.
knew! The CBS mess variously known as "Forgerygate" or "Rathergate" is by
any other name a seminal moment in the blogosphere that holds promise not only for
revolutionizing journalism, but also perhaps for problem-solving on a global scale.
new source. Two full weeks before much of America knew of any problems
with the story, experts on typography, on computers, on typewriters, on local National
Guard offices and on the history of how we evolved from hot type to what we have
today had tried, convicted and sentenced Rather and his operation.
play fair. The network hostility to Internet commentary was obvious. One
CBS news executive referred to bloggers as people writing in their pajamas (i.e., not members
of our esteemed guild). Rather associated them with rumor and propaganda. This
seems to mean that many in the mainstream press still don't understand bloggers and tend
to associate them with the Drudge Report on its worst day. Bloggers make their case
with hyperlinks to primary sources and other data. Arguments without authority count
for nothing, and soft-headed analyses and hoaxes are quickly exposed.
revolution in news: As in all revolutions, first, the old order must be
destroyed, then we will learn both the strengths and the shortcomings of the new order. We
got a glimpse of the Internet blogger's strength this past week.
Here I Blog, I Can Do No
Other. As the unrivalled authority of the Mainstream Media (MSM) has
collapsed, the MSM must curb its excesses and return to its primitive purity — or
collapse under the weight of its arrogance. We're talking about 2004, the
Internet, the blogosphere, and the big news reporting agencies, right? Wrong. We're
talking about the sixteenth century, the printing press, the first Protestants, and the
Roman Catholic Church.
Accountability. The so-called mainstream media, including and especially the CBS
Evening News, are in a state of decline. Every single rating book which comes out shows
less people watching their newscasts and more people watching cable, especially Fox News. And
then there are those people, now considerable in number, who no longer watch any television
news. They have computers.
Parallel: Rather received info from sources he believed to
be accurate and broadcast a story about President Bush and the
TNG. President Bush received info from sources he believed
to be accurate and began anti-terrorist operations in Iraq.
Further discussion at
Instapundit: Bill at INDCJournal earlier reported that the Boston Globe
misquoted the statement of forensic expert Philip Bouffard. Now Bill reports that
CBS is repeating the Globe misquote as part of its efforts to defend its own position.
Globe Lie. I love the mainstream media. One of them lies and
the other one swears to it.
CBS Demonstrates Modern Journalism's
Pseudo-Objectivity. When confronted with evidence that it was duped, instead of
admitting its error, CBS attacked its critics.
Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. "Powerful and extremely well-financed forces are concentrating
on questions about the documents because they can't deny the fundamental truth of the story. If you
can't deny the information, then attack and seek to destroy the credibility of the messenger, the bearer
of the information." (-- CBS's Dan Rather as quoted by the New York Observer's Joe Hagan, September 15.)
Other examples of media bias in Kerry's favor:
Kerry's support from the media partly stems from the fact that so many journalists are
From a past survey of the national media:
· 80% have never voted for a Republican President.
· 86% of the media elite decision makers said they seldom or never attend religious services.
· 53% don't think adultery is wrong.
· 56% believe the U.S. "exploits" third world nations.
· 80% favor affirmative action programs over merit based programs.
These same people label conservatives "extremists, radicals, and
journalists favor Kerry 12 to 1. The New York Times conducted an informal poll of
journalists at the recent Democratic convention that showed they favor John Kerry for president
over President Bush by 3 to 1, while reporters based in Washington, D.C., support the Massachusetts
senator by 12 to 1. Times columnist John Tierney said the poll was prompted
by complaints by conservatives "that journalists' liberal bias has colored the reviews
of the Democratic convention and his speech."
Study: Kerry Gets Best
Press Ever. John Kerry is getting the most favorable network news coverage of any
presidential candidate in the past quarter century, according to the Center for Media and
Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University, in a study of television election news since 1980.
Better Grades in College than Kerry. Why didn't Kerry release his records
during the campaign? After all, his refusal seemed like a cover-up. Now we
know. Kerry's military records also include his college grades. (The New
Yorker printed Bush's grades in 1999, but Kerry consistently refused to release
his.) It turns out that "dummy" and fellow Yalie George W. Bush
made better grades than did brainy, intellectual John Kerry.
George Soros and the
Press: "The media consistently ignore the fact that this so-called
'philanthropist' has had several brushes with the law," including a conviction in
France for insider trading. On March 24, that insider trading conviction
was upheld. … This is the perfect opportunity for our media to finally start
examining this billionaire's business and financial connections. Remember
this is the man who tried to buy the White House for John Kerry.
bad election for old media. More than in any other election in the
last half-century, Old Media — The New York Times and CBS News, joined
often but not always by The Washington Post, other major newspapers, ABC News and
NBC News — was an active protagonist in this election, working hard to
prevent the re-election of George W. Bush and doing what it could for John Kerry.
False Claim About Swift Boat Ads – Bozell Calls For Newsweek
Apology. Newsweek claims in its post-election issue: "When
the Swift Boat vets made ads attacking Kerry with images from his 1971 testimony, they
used a voice-over, an actor reading Kerry's words." [It was no
actor — that was Kerry himself.]
flip-flop. Stunningly inaccurate exit polls released around noon on Election
Day convinced news anchors, talking heads and even the campaigns that Kerry would win
walking away. But at 9 p.m., when the first actual results began to come
in, the election flipped to Bush. It was the first Kerry flip-flop that
actually served the national interest.
Abounds on Bizarre Exit Polls. As it turns out, the pre-election polls were
strikingly vindicated. They couldn't have been more on the mark, as President Bush
did win the popular vote by a 51% to 48% margin, the last time I checked. What does
that tell us? Simply that pre-election polling is still a remarkably reliable
science. From which we extrapolate what? That exit polling is even more
reliable — unless it is somehow tainted. Which leads me to what conclusion? That
there was serious funny business going on with these exit polls.
escape. No one even raised the obvious question as to why Lt. Kerry's honorable
discharge from the Navy was issued during the Carter administration, even though his service
ended earlier. Was his original discharge not honorable but only made "honorable"
retroactively under the Democrats?
voters triumph over Hollywood left. [The] re-election of President
George W. Bush and the election of a number of new conservative lawmakers across
the nation astonished liberal newsmen, pundits and handlers who, hours earlier,
had believed allegedly rigged exit polls and were confidently whispering that
a new mandate was going to sweep the nation.
The Ten Worst Media Distortions
of Campaign 2004: In a fit of candor back in July, Evan Thomas, Newsweek's Assistant
Managing Editor, blurted out the truth: most reporters want President George W. Bush to lose and
John Kerry to win.
Apologies, Mr. Bin Laden. Right before Bush's re-election, CBS fills
its airwaves with stories hostile to the President and friendly to John Kerry, with
CBS's business reporter telling viewers that "most Americans are, in fact, worse off," since
Bush took office. Plus, former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite speculated that Osama
bin Laden's videotaped message was "probably set up" by Bush aide Karl Rove.
reflections: This election has clarified to a remarkable degree which party
is actually the party of ordinary Americans. George Soros, Michael Moore, moveon.org,
Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Affleck and a few other plutocrats spent a reported $200 million
attempting to defeat George W. Bush. They had the energetic assistance of The New
York Times, ABC, NBC, NPR, CNN and particularly CBS.
Media's Elastic Economy: CBS's Dan Rather was pleased with the Clinton-Gore 2.7 percent
growth rate reported right before the 2000 election. "There is a school of thought that says this is
overall good for the economy to keep it from overheating," Rather told viewers. But under
Bush 41 in 1992, the exact same 2.7 percent growth rate issued right before the election was
That All There Is? Can this ridiculous missing ammo dump really be the
Democrats' big October surprise? Even the news media aren't holding ranks on
this one. Along with Fox, NBC is off the reservation.
All But CBS Relay
Info Which Casts Doubt Explosives Lost by U.S. ABC, NBC, FNC and CNN, but
not CBS, on Wednesday night [10/27/2004] provided new details, about what is known to have
happened at the al-Qaqaa facility in January to May of 2003, which cast more doubts upon
the charge that the 377 tons of explosives disappeared after U.S. troops arrived.
Kerry keeps up missing-explosives
attacks. Mr. Kerry has shifted his argument since Monday [10/25/2004], when he blamed the
president for the 380 tons of explosives missing from Al-Qaqaa, as news outlets have reported since
that the explosives could not have been moved while the United States had control and that the amount
was overstated. In addition, according to an article in The Washington Times, the Russians moved
the explosives while Saddam Hussein was in control.
The Usual Suspects: It's
a close election, and the mainstream media is only happy to oblige by teasing-up a
fraudulent story for the Democrats to exploit. Suffice it to say that Republicans are
always cognizant of the particularly close relationship between media elites and their
ideological soulmates, the Democrats. And for the Left, spinning propaganda always
All "Journalists" Can Be Trusted to Report Truth. It was Senator Kerry
who decided to make service in the armed forces the focal point of this presidential
campaign several months ago at the Democratic convention in Boston. The ensuing
firestorm — from the Swift Boat Vet ads to CBS's "Memogate" — has been
the result. Kerry has brought all of the criticism down on himself by underestimating
the power of the alternative media; the Internet, talk radio and the cable news shows,
which now have taken it upon themselves to set the record straight when arrogant
politicians, relying on "ignorant Americans with short memories," attempt to paint
themselves as people they are not and a complicit mainstream media goes along with
the ruse because they want to protect "their guy."
Exposing and Opposing George
Soros: How many times have we heard or read stories about Vice President Cheney's old
firm, Halliburton? A public company with more than 100,000 employees, Halliburton had revenues
of $13 billion in 2001. George Soros is a human Halliburton who will be in a position if
John Kerry is elected president to pull the strings. He is reportedly worth $7.2 billion. But
his role in buying the White House for John Kerry has received gentle coverage. Soros, we're told, is
a "philanthropist" committed to "democracy." The Republican Party, by contrast, is run by fat cats
and Big Business, such as those at Halliburton.
New York Times Attacks President
Bush's Faith. The cover story in the Sunday New York Times was headlined: "Faith, Certainty
and the Presidency of George W. Bush," was an unwarranted attack on the President's faith, according
to Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of Traditional Values Coalition.
hidden hands? The media are too busy repackaging old Iraq news in an
October offensive against President Bush's re-election to investigate truly startling
evidence unearthed this week that the Communist Party may have been directing John
Kerry's anti-war activities in the early 1970s. The evidence, contained in
captured communist records on file at the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University,
shows a well-coordinated effort by the Communist Party to recruit U.S. servicemen
to become part of the American anti-war movement.
The big media
votes. Regardless of who wins Tuesday's election (and no matter how long it takes to
get the results following expected lawsuits and challenges to ballots cast by ineligible voters),
this may well be the last election cycle in which the Big Media are taken seriously or regarded
as influential. The Big Media have gone over the top with this election. They have
ripped off their final layer of faux objectivity, revealing their ideological nakedness for all
to see in a desperate effort to get John Kerry elected.
are the "brainwashers"? Liberals are positively panicked at the idea
that somewhere, on some station, at some late date, someone will say something negative
about John Kerry without a moment for balance on the other side. Let's
be blunt: Welcome to our world, liberals.
Cheering in the
Press Box. The welcome John Kerry got from a convention of minority journalists
last week was a surprisingly up-front admission of the media's liberal bias.
Comeback myth: Weeks
before the debates between President Bush and John Kerry, some in the mainstream media worked overtime to
boost Mr. Kerry's faltering campaign. After a number of pollsters leaned toward Mr. Kerry for all or
part of the debates, at least on style, those same "unbiased" journalists and media outlets are falling over
each other to reinforce Mr. Kerry's "reputation" as the "Comeback Kid."
the Duelfer report: "Gotcha, Mr. President." This was the consensus of the
headlines from nearly every daily newspaper yesterday [10/07/2004] responding to the CIA's
Iraq Survey Group report on Iraq's prewar weapons programs.
Firefighters Versus the
Media. One of the biggest stories of the presidential campaign is being
ignored by the major media. It's how the president of the firefighters union
engineered an endorsement of John Kerry for president without asking his members
about it. It turns out most of the members of the union are Republicans who
A Free Pass for "21st Century
Lenin". The major media are desperate to avoid scrutiny of how or where leftist
billionaire George Soros is getting the tens of millions of dollars that he is using to
finance anti-Bush advertising campaigns and pro-Democratic Party political efforts
before the November 2 election.
Double Standard on
Campaign Controversies. Through the 2004 presidential campaign, the New
York Times has faithfully pursued and treated as credible Democratic charges that
George W. Bush failed to fulfill his National Guard obligations. Yet questions
about John Kerry's Vietnam service raised by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were
dismissed as partisan and unsubstantiated.
media's disproportionate interest in Bush past: What does it say about
the Old Media that they are wholly uninterested in gravely serious and highly relevant
charges against John Kerry yet investigate to death relatively minor and largely
irrelevant claims against President Bush?
Fourth Estate and Public Opinion. Several studies to assess the political views
of national reporters in the major press pools of Washington and New York find that those
reporters overwhelmingly self-identify as "liberal" or "Democrat." A recent survey, in
fact, determined that only eight percent of those reporters would vote for a
Republican — no surprise to objective media analysts.
fall of the Big Media: When his polls went south, Kerry's Big Media friends
got desperate. There was Dan Rather of CBS News' "60 Minutes" breaking a story
based on fraudulent memos about George W. Bush's National Guard service. Rather
and CBS refused to admit they'd allowed themselves to be hoodwinked - or, worse
yet, had deliberately perpetrated a hoax on the American people for political reasons.
Editor admits the Media "Want Kerry to Win". The media "wants Kerry to win" and
so "they're going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic" and
"there's going to be this glow about" them, Evan Thomas, the Assistant Managing Editor of
Newsweek, admitted on Inside Washington over the weekend.
Media — John Kerry's Base. Surveys over the past two decades
show that journalists tend to be Democrats, especially the ones based in Washington. Some
surveys have found that more than 80 percent of the Beltway press corps votes
Cheer Kerry. You know that liberal media bias is getting bad when even
the liberal papers take note of it. Such was the case when a recent convention
of minority journalists erupted into strong applause and a standing ovation for Democratic
presidential candidate John Kerry. USA Today ran a story about the event, noting
that, "Journalists usually are polite but not enthusiastic when politicians speak at their
conferences. In the USA, at least, most reporters and editors try to appear to
Bias Over the
Bias: Ernest Sotomayor is an editor of Long Island Newsday
newspaper. But he is also the president of UNITY: Journalists of
Color, Inc., and that is why he is in trouble. His group made a mockery
of professionalism in journalism when it gave a standing ovation and broke out
in strong applause 50 times when John Kerry recently spoke to the group.
Media Diversity Test: The diversity they seek is, by definition, skin-deep. They
call themselves "journalists of color." Not journalists of substance. Or journalists of
integrity. Or journalists of independent thought.
diversity is only skin-deep: What the convention should have
been told is that it is neither moral nor progressive to view the world
through a racial prism. Unity's "journalists of color" should have
heard the blunt message that journalism does not need more reporters and
editors of color. It doesn't need more white journalists,
either. What it needs are men and women of talent and
integrity — adults who have no interest in a "diversity" that
is merely skin-deep.
Doubt About Pro-Kerry Bias. If there were any lingering doubts about
whether network reporters are in the tank for John Kerry, Wednesday's newscasts
put them to rest.
Media Expose Their Partisanship. If there were any
lingering doubts about whether network reporters are in the tank for
John Kerry, Wednesday's newscasts [9/9/2004] put them to rest.
Washington Post plays class warfare. The media have a template — Republicans
are for the rich, Democrats represent the middle class. Any data that confirms this template
is reported — often on page one — while any data contradicting it is
ignored or buried on the back pages. It is exactly this sort of thing that recently
got CBS in trouble over forged documents. All of the elite media tend to accept uncritically
any information supporting a liberal worldview. Anything going in the opposite direction is
subjected to strict scrutiny.
Has Pounded on Bush All Year. [For example,] 60 Minutes II broke the story
of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and fanned the flames for three weeks, leading the networks
to file hundreds of stories pounding on the Pentagon.
to Partisan - The mainstream media moves left. If CBS were to admit
that the documents were forgeries, it would have no grounds for protecting its
sources. In fact, CBS would have a positive obligation to do everything in
its power to expose the malefactors behind the forgeries. If the trail led
back to the Kerry campaign, president Bush's reelection would be assured. Dan
Rather has been at pains to derogate those who are interested in where the documents
came from. This sounds suspiciously like Rather is concerned about what
a revelation of his sources might mean. Certainly, if Rather personally received
the forgeries from a Kerry operative, it would be a disaster for
Rather. (It now appears that CBS News may well have received the
documents from a partisan and highly questionable source.)
Rather's Forgery Fit. CBS News and anchorman Dan Rather have entered the
journalistic equivalent of one of Dante's 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 Cooke's profile of
Jimmy the eight-year-old coke addict. Jayson Blair's phony travelogues
from "West Virginia."
Rather and CBS News have written their own epitaph. What should
happen to Dan Rather and CBS News if those National Guard records impugning
George W. Bush's service, revealed on "60 Minutes II" last week, prove
to be forgeries? You'd think Mr. Rather and network executives
would be concerned enough about their own fate to hedge their bets on the
documents' authenticity, but instead, they've dug in their heels.
One Down, One to
Go. Two of the major wire services, Associated Press and
Reuters, have been caught blatantly violating journalistic
ethics. First, AP falsely reported that a crowd at a
Bush speech booed when the President wished Bill Clinton a
speedy recovery from heart surgery. Before that, a Reuters editor
sent a hateful email to the National Right to Life Committee. The
bias will intensify as the election approaches.
Watchers Expect Anti-Bush Smear Leading Up to Election. A
media watchdog says while President Bush is currently doing well in
the polls, it would be unwise to underestimate the ability of the
mainstream liberal media to pull out all the stops in the waning
weeks of the campaign. And one conservative political pundit is
predicting the nation may well be entering what he describes as
"the ugliest period in American politics in recent memory."
Convention Helpers, GOP Convention Resisters. The so-called
mainstream media never admit their liberal tilt, so the news analysts at the
Media Research Center tirelessly document their bias. The "award" for
last week goes to liberal journalists who touted Democratic "rock stars" in
Boston but who led the resistance to the GOP's convention.
drew first blood? The prevalence of mainstream media liberal bias
is a truism, but people generally think about it as merely an ideological slant
on the reporting. But in this year's presidential campaign, at least, we're
seeing more than a "coloration" of the news. Distortion is more accurate.
hometown paper sulks. The official boosters of New York City
couldn't be happier that the Republican Party brought their show to the city
that never sleeps. It's too bad we can't say the same for the New York
Times, which greeted the convention with about as much as enthusiasm as a
first-grader greets the measles.
herd that is our press. The problem with writing about media
bias is that it always sounds like sour grapes to people who don't agree
with you, and like old news to people who do. So I'm just going to
assert that that, from my perspective, the press has been very pro-Kerry
for a long time now.
stories: The ingrained leftist, pro-Democratic Party bias of
the nation's mainstream media has been fully exposed. All it took was
for a certain Vietnam veteran to write a book daring to question the war
hero status of Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry. Media lips
are now drawn into a permanent snarl; the knives are out and the scent of
blood is in the air.
Sandy Berger in
trouble? Send in the media! The media — on its own — lowered Berger's stature
in the Kerry campaign. Way back in May 2004, The Washington Post called Berger "a top
Kerry advisor." After the scandal, the Post busted him down to "informal
advisor." Similarly, the Los Angeles Times in May called Berger a "Kerry foreign
policy advisor." It now tags him as an "unpaid consultant." The Boston Globe in
May called Berger a "top advisor." Now the paper relegates him
to "informal advisor."
Pass. Amid the uproar over the ads run by the "Section 527" political
committee known as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the Establishment media have remained
eerily silent about the massive union-funded 527s that are spending exponentially
Kerry, but snicker for Bush. Some reporters at a recent convention of minority
journalists said they were stunned and embarrassed by the partisanship displayed at two
separate speeches, with cheers for Sen. John Kerry and snickers for his opponent, President
Cheers at Unity Upset Some Attendees. The historic Unity convention in
Washington is over but what it is being remembered for, at least in some corners of the
media, is not the huge turnout of more than 7,000, but controversy over the alleged
partisanship shown by many of the attendees in responding to separate speeches by
presidential candidates Bush and Kerry.
Magazine Exposes Media's War on Bush. The major media will give at least
$2 billion worth of friendly coverage to Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry
this election year, NewsMax Magazine reports in its June cover story. In its special
report, "Media War on Bush," NewsMax Magazine calculated the effect of anti-Bush
and pro-Kerry coverage by the major media outlets.
the Media's Anti-Bush Agenda. In his new
Bill Sammon lays out in precise detail the behind-the-scenes picture from some of the
President's greatest triumphs. He is particularly incisive and damning
when he examines how Dan Rather and CNN coddled and sometimes even praised
Saddam Hussein in order to get an exclusive story.
agenda vs. the media agenda: For several weeks now, the national media
have looked like the servile monkey to Democratic Party chairman Terry
McAuliffe's organ grinder.
Exposes Most Influential U.S. Newspaper's Leftist Slant. A
conservative columnist says the liberal bias of The New York Times extends
far beyond the environs of New York and should be a matter of concern
to every American.
Bob Schieffer and George
Soros. The Boston Phoenix article by David S. Bernstein noted that "more
than $15 million of political advertising has run in the past three months, most of
it bashing Bush, most of it in key battleground states — without costing the
Kerry campaign a dime? it's probably a big reason why John Kerry entered July in a
dead heat in the polls despite the tens of millions of dollars spent on negative advertising
against him — and one of the reasons why Bush's favorability ratings are
at an all-time low."
Biased Media? You Decide.
Other aspects of Dan Rather's career
Another Dan Rather Scandal.
Ever since his forced resignation in disgrace, Dan Rather has continued on a downward spiral. His career, such as it
is, has been kept alive by appearances on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, where he takes potshots at his former employer and
President Donald Trump. It is a sad spectacle. Rather has now suffered another major embarrassment. The
former anchorman of the CBS Evening News has been accused by a website devoted to exposing military corruption of falsely
claiming to have been a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rather: 'We must all stand up' to Trump. Veteran journalist Dan Rather says all Americans must hold President-elect
Donald Trump accountable. "Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up
to be counted," Rather wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday [11/22/2016]. "History will demand to know which side you were
on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of
our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law." Rather said he is speaking out because of white
nationalists celebrating Trump's White House win.
Dan Rather and His Great White
Whale. Dan Rather was once at the top of the journalistic universe, having replaced Walter Cronkite as the anchor
of the "CBS Evening News" (when network news broadcasts still meant something). But then came a story meant to smear
President George W. Bush, based on forged documents that were almost immediately revealed as such. Then (as [a recent]
Daily Beast story recounts) came the Rather apology; the revelation that CBS News could no longer vouch for their credibility;
the CBS-commissioned investigation faulting Rather and his top producer, Mary Mapes; and finally, the end of Rather's career
Anita Dunn — Pots and Kettles.
On April 16, 2000, viewers of CBS' 60 Minutes saw Dan Rather interviewing Elian Gonzalez' father, Juan Miguel
Gonzalez. ... Here's what America didn't see: "Most of the questions Dan Rather was asking Elian's father during
that 60 Minutes interview were being handed to him by Gregory Craig," recalls Pedro Porro, who served as
Rather's in-studio translator during the taping of the famous interview.
How Dan Rather Was Duped by the KGB:
Rather reported in a newscast on March 30, 1987, that a Soviet publication had charged that an American
military laboratory had developed the virus that caused the AIDS epidemic. He did not accompany this
charge with any comment from the Pentagon or the State Department. … Eventually, the communists
themselves admitted it was false.
Dan Rather Nods Through Clinton
Whoppers. Nobody expected Dan Rather to be as tough as Tim Russert in his 60 Minutes
interview with Bill Clinton, but he sat idly through a series of Clinton whoppers and forwarded them without
objection to the audience at home. Some of Clinton's personal claims could have used less gullibility
For Clinton, Dan Rather is Putty in
His Hands. The CBS Anchorman has a long track record of cheerleading and softball questions for
Danny Pearl's Widow Condemns
Dan Rather: The wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl slammed "CBS Evening
News" anchorman Dan Rather for his network's decision Tuesday night to air excerpts of a grisly video
showing her husband's death.
Dan Rather Touts Hillary for
President: "CBS Evening News" anchorman Dan Rather predicted Thursday morning [2/7/2002] that
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton could win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2004 if former
Vice President Al Gore decides not to run, explaining that no one else in the party could generate
enough enthusiasm to mount a credible challenge to President Bush.
Does Dan Rather Have No
Shame? Dan Rather did it again tonight [1/29/2002], leaving a key factor embarrassing to
Democrats out of a major story. In a segment on "CBS Evening News" dealing with the massive
bankruptcy of fiber-optic cable company Global Crossing, Rather totally ignored Democrat National
Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's involvement in what could be as big a scandal as the collapse
"Ammo" Rather Cleans Up at Media Awards Roast: Hundreds of self-professed members of the
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy turned out to roast some of America's most notable newscasters by awarding
them "Dishonors Awards" for their documented bias in journalism.
Vast left wing
conspiracy? The other night I attended a dinner gathering of the "Vast Right-Wing
Conspiracy." I dined and laughed with nearly a thousand nicely dressed, politely behaved honest
overachievers who came at the invitation of Brent Bozell. We were at his Media Research Center's
"Dishonors Awards" where we would "Roast the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of the Year!"
Another leftist double standard:
You remember Dan Rather, don't you? You know, the impartial CBS News anchorman who recently
spoke at a fundraiser for the Democrat Party of Texas ...the guy who recently stated that willful liar
Bill Clinton is an "honest man"?
Studies Show Dan Rather's Leftist
In praise of bias: Journalists
have been accused for years of marching in liberal ideological lockstep. They faced
such charges even before CBS talking head Dan Rather turned up at a Democratic Party
fundraiser, then awkwardly explained that he didn't know it was a partisan event until he
got there and it ... ummm ... would have been rude to leave.
Juanita Broaddrick: Dan
Rather's Comments 'Sickened Me'
Alleged "Liberal Bias" Triggers Sponsor Boycott.
Jeremiah Wright's Controversial AIDS
Charge. [Jeremiah] Wright isn't the first public figure to repeat the claim that AIDS is a U.S. weapon to
kill people. The claim that AIDS was manufactured by the United States was reported by CBS Evening News anchor Dan
Rather on a March 30, 1987, broadcast. Rather was widely criticized for playing into a Soviet KGB disinformation
campaign. The charge had appeared in a number of Soviet and Third World publications before Rather picked it up.
"Media Reform" Targets Conservatives.
Ironically, [Dan] Rather is appearing on a panel at the National Conference for Media Reform that is supposed to unveil a
"Big Media Hall of Shame." Presumably, the inductees will be conservative media voices.
Back to School for Dan Rather. Some
might have thought that the 2004 election scandal would have ruined the career of Dan Rather. Instead, he was given his
own show at HDNet. Now, four years later, Rather's show, Dan Rather Reports, offers viewers a glimpse into what the
former CBS news anchor considers good reporting: not citing sources, overlooking conflicts of interest, and sensationalizing
material to promote marxist class-warfare perspectives. All this is touted as news, even when Rather relies solely on
anecdotes and ignores publicly-available statistics.
Rather in Panic Mode: Move Inauguration to December 1. Appearing on Friday's "Morning Joe," former CBS anchor
Dan Rather chided President Bush for not doing enough during his lame duck period and argued for moving Inauguration Day up
to December 1.
Update: Dan Rather Fights Back
return of Rathergate? Dan Rather is back and he has another "scandal" based on
a source that is questionable. You might not have noticed Dan's return to "journalism"
because he is on a channel called HDNet, obscure enough that Comcast, the nation's largest
cable provider, has chosen not to offer it.
Is Sued by Rather Over Ouster. Mr. Rather, 75, asserts that the network violated his contract
by giving him insufficient airtime on "60 Minutes" after forcing him to step down as anchor of the "CBS Evening
News" in March 2005. He also contends that the network committed fraud by commissioning a "biased" and
incomplete investigation of the flawed National Guard broadcast in order to "pacify the White House."
I'm Rather Grateful. Dan Rather
seems divinely inspired to crash more times than a Kennedy driving home from an office party. The
multimillionaire semi-retired newsman is suing for $70 million, $1 million for every year he's been
alive since he was five years old. Which is fitting, because that's what he sounds like. The gist
of his lawsuit is that CBS used him as a "scapegoat" in the Memogate story to "pacify the White House."
The swelled-headed former anchor, who used to brag incessantly about his toughness and independence, also
whines in his suit that the network forced him to apologize under duress when "no apology from him was
warranted," and that the former managing editor of CBS News "was not responsible for any such errors."
Dan Rather is going to win. I
don't know if he's going to get the 70 million bucks he's demanding from CBS. But I bet he gets close
to that. Not because he deserves it... I'm not here to speak to that. But because CBS, in its media
heart of hearts, can't be bothered with it. "It" is that nasty little National Guard piece on President
Bush. The piece with the forged documents and the sloppy editorial chain of command.
On the other hand...
CBS Can and Should Beat Dan Rather.
The suit involves how Rather was treated before, during and after the scandal that badly damaged the network
back in 2004 and 2005 when it made explosive but false charges, based on phony documents, against President
Bush just two months before the presidential election. The story backfired on the network, reconfirming
to millions of people the existence of a liberal media bias.
Return to Rathergate:
Rather, the former anchor of the CBS Evening News, is still really, really mad about losing his job in the wake of
the George W. Bush/Air National Guard/phony documents story. And now he is telling his version of
events in the form of a $70 million lawsuit against his former employers.
Vs. CBS. Does Dan really think he can win this suit? Or is he just hoping for a big cash
settlement on grounds CBS doesn't need more bad press? Was he canned to "pacify the White House?" Hate
to believe that. Not the way I feel about CBS and its traditions even now, 20 years after
I assume that 75 year old Dan Rather doesn't play golf or collect stamps or knit. Because, obviously, if
he had a hobby, he wouldn't have decided to spend a major portion of his golden years pursuing even more gold
than he already has.
"Mystified" by Dan Rather's "Bizarre Allegations". Today [11/16/2007], in New York Supreme Court, in
response to Dan Rather's civil lawsuit, CBS filed a lengthy 30-page motion to dismiss the case. CBS
executives also released a statement today, noting that they are "mystified" by Rather's "bizarre
allegations" but will "vigorously" defend themselves in court if need be.
Dan Rather's Last Big Story Is Himself.
If he weren't famous, he'd be mistaken for a veteran of a long-ago war: khaki safari shirt on his
back, scuffed combat boots on his feet, that wiry crest of a brow, rheumy eyes under heavy lids, lower
lip jutting out like an ornery fish resisting a hook.
Rather Lawsuit Moves
Forward. It looks like former CBS News anchor Dan Rather will indeed get his day in court.
On Wednesday evening [1/9/2008] Justice Ira Gammerman of the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan made a
preliminary ruling denying the TV network's motion to dismiss Rather's $70 million lawsuit.
For Dan Rather Lawsuit Against CBS. Rather's last months at CBS News were clouded by a disputed
story on President Bush's Vietnam-era military service. Rather says his employers made him a "scapegoat"
to placate the White House after questions arose about the story.
of Rather's Suit Against CBS Dismissed. The ruling enabled both sides to claim partial victories
in a case that focuses on the fallout over a September 2004 report on the weeknight edition of "60 Minutes,"
narrated by Mr. Rather, that raised questions about favoritism regarding President Bush's National Guard
service during the Vietnam War. CBS later said that it could not verify the documents on which the report
had been based, and Mr. Rather was forced to step down as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" in March 2005, a
year earlier than he had planned.
Mad Over His Net Loss. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the former CBS Evening News
anchor says his reliance on the network's false promises that it would defend him after making him a scapegoat
for a controversial news report cost him several high-profile jobs — and some lower-profile ones as
well. While he was once a hot property coveted by CNN to be its "face," the fallout from his report on
President Bush's Air National Guard service resulted in him being turned away from even part-time jobs at CNN,
ABC, NBC, Fox, HBO, the History Channel, A&E, Discovery and National Geographic channels, the filing says.
lets part of Rather's CBS lawsuit proceed. A New York City judge says news anchor Dan Rather
can proceed with his $70 million lawsuit accusing CBS of violating its contract with him when the
network fired him. Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman dismissed a fraud complaint against CBS
Corp. on Monday [9/22/2008] and a business interference complaint against CBS and former parent company Viacom Inc.
No causes of action remain in the lawsuit against Viacom.
Court Rules in Favor of CBS. An appellate division of the New York Supreme Court ruled
today [9/29/2009] in favor of CBS over Dan Rather, dismissing Mr. Rather's $70 million suit against his former
employers in its entirety.
Dan Rather loses
$70 million lawsuit against CBS. A New York state appeals court on Tuesday dismissed
former TV newsman Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS Corp in which Rather claimed he was made a scapegoat
in a scandal over a 2004 report on then-President George W. Bush's military record.
Rather Lawsuit Tossed Out, Former 'Evening News' Anchor Vows Appeal. The New York State
Supreme Court's Appellate Division has thrown out Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against his
former employer, CBS Corp. "We find the complaint must be dismissed in its entirety," reads the
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