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Rather Stands by His Claim that the Fake Story is Accurate
The Report on the CBS Rathergate scandal contains this bombshell:
[Rather] told the Panel, that he did not fully agree with the decision [to apologize] and still believes that the content of the documents is accurate. The Panel is troubled by these conflicting statements.
Mary Mapes, the story's producer, also continues to assert the authenticity of the story and submitted to the panel two different documents arguing her case. The report states the following regarding her arguments:
The Panel observes at the outset, however, that what was at first asserted by Mapes prior to the broadcast of the Segment to be a good meshing without any apparent qualification has now been transformed into an argument that there is nothing in the official Bush records that would rule out the authenticity of the Killian documents. This is similar to statements made by Matley, one of the document examiners, before the airing of the Segment that he could not see anything in the Killian documents that would rule out the possibility that they were authentic. While such an argument may have legitimacy in an advocacy proceeding, the Panel does not find it to be a sufficient standard for journalism, which should not stand on a “nothing to rule it out” foundation.
So, the panel found that there was not basis for Mapes and Rather's belief that their story was true.
Note: here is a link the the full report.
Hindrocket at Powerline commented about this same issue:
It's also worth noting that both Mapes and Dan Rather continue to defend the 60 Minutes report, and to claim that the documents are authentic. Rather says he believes in the documents because "the facts are right on the money." Given what we now know, this statement is delusional. The Thornburgh report does an excellent job of analyzing the content of the fake documents, and showing that they are, in many respects, at odds with reality as we know it from other sources. And the report discloses for the first time that, during the course of her "investigation," Mary Mapes was told that no influence was used to get President Bush into the National Guard, that there was no waiting list for pilots, and that Bush actually volunteered to go to Vietnam. So one can only wonder in what respect Rather thinks "the facts are right on the money."
Paul at Wizbangblog gives the bottom line: The Panel Found Dan Rather Lied
Posted by tim at January 10, 2005 9:30 AM
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Posted by: Matt Anderson at January 10, 2005 10:03 AM
Anyone that says he believes either Dan or Mary is also not telling the truth.
Posted by: Rod Stanton at January 16, 2005 5:53 AM