Document Experts Warned CBS Prior to Broadcast
When two out of three experts warn you of danger ahead what should you do?
Take an example from CBS who, according to the Washington Post, chose to listen to their single handwriting expert who only matched signatures.
Asked whether CBS had taken her concerns seriously, Linda James, a forensic document examiner in Texas, told The Washington Post: "Evidently not."
The story is gathering steam and turning into the Hurricane that some have named "Dan" as other major news services have picked up the ball including ABC News and Associated Press.
However, there seems to be something odd about all of this. Consider the LA Times Commentary appearing tomorrow (9/15): A Black Eye for CBS. CBS News has been had. It's hard to reach any other conclusion about newly discovered documents that CBS and anchor Dan Rather are defending as revealing the truth about George W. Bush's military service. On the surface it appears that journalistic integrity and righteous indignation are driving the editorialist to take CBS to task. Unfortunately, similar to their earlier article that blames partisanship for the intense criticism of Dan Rather, this editorial is off the mark. Powerline Blog comments, "What outrages the L.A. Times, however, is not so much that CBS tried to perpetrate a fraud, as that it failed to help the Kerry campaign, as it intended." Their analysis is evoked from the editorial's statement, "CBS' real error was trying to prove a point that didn't really need to be proved."
Another example is the New York Times article that reports Killian (the alleged memo writer)'s secretary confidently asserts that the memos are fake. However, the article is titled "Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate, Typist Says."
While the media feeding frenzy is well on its way there is likely to be an awkward inconsistency in the articles by those who want the story to be true even though the evidence is false.
Poliblogger notes, "The pro-Bush side is going to scream that they were right, that the docs were fake and the anti-Bush side is going to say, ok, they were fake, but the basic info in them is correct."
The Arizona Republic opines, "Rather shrugs off attacks on the story as the work of "partisans." A network executive denigrates those people raising questions on the Internet as "a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas."
See CBS Against the World for what happens next.
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Killian's former secretary, 86-year-old Marian Carr Knox, also questioned the documents in an interview with The Dallas Morning News.
"These are not real," Knox said in a story posted Tuesday on the newspaper's Web site. "They're not what I typed, and I would have typed them for him."
Now she goes on to say according to the Dallas Morning Star that she keeped a unauthorized Personal file on guard members. This means that information concerning guard members were kept out of their 201 file.
Reports fuel doubts on documents used by CBS on Bush service
Does the old lady know This is an admission of a violation Military Regulations? Or, as one must expect from the MSM they have attempted to "CYA" themselves with misquotes?
Everything both positive and negitive better be in a vets 201 file. If it turns up outside of the 201 file it never happened. This is the records that follow you your whole life and the thought of them being questioned with unauthorized or forged memos ought to scare the hell out of every active service member and Vet.
It is time that we have Congressional Hearings and or turn this over to the DOJ.
Posted by: Dan O at September 15, 2004 10:57 AM