A Likely Source for CBS Bush Guard Memos?
Update: CBS now identifies Burkett as the source of the Guard Memos and is publicly stating that they were misled by him [more]. Burkett will be interviewed on the CBS evening news 9/20.
Still, in theory, Burkett may have had access to any Guard records that, in a friend's words, "didn't make it to the shredder." Fellow officers say he wasn't a crank, but rather a stickler for proper procedure—a classic whistle-blower type. Burkett was impressive enough to cause CBS producer Mary Mapes to fly to Texas to interview him. Bill Burkett has been trying to sell his story to anyone who would listen for years. [source: Newsweek]
ACE: Does the name Jim Moore sound familiar? It should-- Jim Moore was Dan Rather's 'second source' on his Friday defense of his use of the forged documents, the author of Bush's Brain and other anti-Bush works.
Last Friday, the American Spectator linked the Guard Memos to the Democratic National Committee:
The oppo researcher claimed the source was "a retired military officer." According to a DNC staffer, the documents were seen by both senior staff members at the DNC, as well as the Kerry campaign.
The Daily Pundit suggests [they are looking for a firm link] the retired officer was Bill Burkett.
Bill Burkett has previously criticized Pres. Bush's military record and more recently suggested that he and Vice President Chenney be jailed for white collar crimes (click here). Given his antagonistic predisposition and his vested interested in seeing the president convicted of a crime, Burkett is not a suitable source. IF he is the hidden source and IF the DNC was involved in the story’s genesis, CBS and Dan Rather will loose what’s left of a shaky foundation, unalterably affect the outcome of a United States Presidential election through a series of profound journalistic "mistakes", and change the public’s perception of prime time journalists.
I'm wondering why Burkett, if he did have the Bush Guard Memos, would not have come out with them earlier since he began speaking and writing against Bush's military record in 1997? Also, what happened to the CBS claim that these were found among Killian's personal files?
From the American Spectator (9/13)
"It was like they were placing an order for a ready-made product. That is the biggest problem I have with this. It's all too neat and perfect for what we needed. Without these exact pieces of paper, we don't have a story. Dan has as much as admitted that. Everyone knows it. We were at a standstill on this story until these memos showed up."
WizBangBlog presents an interesting case for a former Democratic political consultant named Marty Heldt. "It's a circumstantial case at this point, but Heldt (or someone known to him) is looking pretty good. There's more information on the way on this story, but new tips and leads are always welcome."
CrushKerry.com claims that an anonymous source inside the Kerry campaign is trying to hang the forged memos on MoveOn.org [from Little Green Footballs].
According to the Washington Post the CBS Memos were faxed from a Kinko's in Abilene, TX. Ereblog was nice enough to inform me that this Kinko's is the cloeset one to Bill Burkett's residence. Probably a coincidence. Backcountry Conservative has more information along this line and INDC quotes radio show host Kevin McCullough who called Kinko's:
Related Entry: A Likely Source for the CBS Memos II
I've continued to update the post, CBS Agaist the World, with additional materials.
Update: CBS has issued a statement and Rather has apologized. There is no admission of inaccuracy but the network does say it was misled by Burkett regarding the source of the memos [more]. Burkett will be interviewed on the CBS evening news 9/20.
- Shocked, Mapes Stands By Her Story - Jan 11, 2005
- Rather Stands by His Claim that the Fake Story is Accurate - Jan 10, 2005
- CBS Ousts 4 For Bush Guard Story, Mapes Terminated - Jan 10, 2005
- Independent Review Panel Examining CBS Issues Report of Its Findings - Jan 10, 2005
- Finding Courage in Rathergate - Jan 09, 2005
- CBS Report on Fake Memos Set for Release - Jan 06, 2005
- Ten Errors in One Paragraph by WaPo - Dec 28, 2004
- Fake but True Alert - Dec 20, 2004
- Rather Steps Down, Finally - Nov 23, 2004
- CBS Credibility Continues Decline - Nov 16, 2004
The CBS documents are such an obvious forgery (SEE http://peterduncan.net/CBS_Documents.html if you still don't believe) that I wonder if Mc Awful himself (or someone connected with Hillary C.)is the source, in an attempt to derail Kerry (so Hillary will be in a better position to run in '08).
How stupid would you have to be to forge early 70's doc's with the DEFAULT FONT ON THE MOST USED PRESENT DAY WORD PROCESSOR?
Posted by: Bill Forbes at September 13, 2004 1:12 PM