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CBS, its media defenders and its fellow accusers of Bush are now employing the leftist logic used by The Nation in 1988 when Tawana Brawley’s charges against Steven Pagones were revealed as a total lie. The Nation ran an editorial in which it argued that even though Brawley’s charges were not actually true, they expressed the essential truth about today’s America (i.e., that America is a country in which white district attorneys kidnap and rape black girls and scrawl racist slogans on their skin and smear them with feces and leave them stuffed in garbage bags), and therefore were still legitimate. In the same way, we are now told (and we have to accept it on faith) that Bush really did misuse the system, and his superior officer really was upset with him, so the forged documents indicating those things happened really aren’t a big deal.
For some examples of this mentality, we go first to the Kerry Spot at NRO, which quotes the lawyer of one of Bush’s accusers:
By the way, reading this article late last night, I missed this oh-so-important and revealing comment:
Asked what role Mr. Burkett had in raising questions about Mr. Bush’s military service, Mr. Van Os said: “If, hypothetically, Bill Burkett or anyone else, any other individual, had prepared or had typed on a word processor as some of the journalists are presuming, without much evidence, if someone in the year 2004 had prepared on a word processor replicas of documents that they believed had existed in 1972 or 1973—which Bill Burkett has absolutely not done”—then, he continued, “what difference would it make?”
Ladies and gentlemen, the curtain rises on Part Two of CBS’ defense, the idea that the documents are “replicas of what someone believed existed in 1972 or 1973.” And that while these documents themselves are fake, we the viewers of CBS are to take it on faith that originals once existed somewhere.
Next, we go to Hugh Hewitt’s website, where he quotes yesterday’s Los Angeles Times editorial which said that CBS had been fooled into accepting the forgery, but that it didn’t really matter anyway:
“Whatever the truth [the Times opines], CBS’ real error was trying to prove a point that didn’t need to be proved. It doesn’t take documents for anyone to realize that Bush pulled strings to get into the National Guard. And, during the Vietnam draft, nobody went into the National Guard out of passion to defend his country. It also doesn’t take new documents to establish that Bush shirked even his National Guard duties when he moved to Alabama and then to Harvard Business School in Massachusetts.” [Emphasis added.]
So the west coast paper of the left for the left by the left doesn’t really care that someone tried to forge docs to influence an election, and that CBS is still carrying water for that individual. The paper’s front page tries to transform the secretary’s devastating blow to CBS into serious charges against the president, and inside the front section is a defense of Dan Rather.
And finally, from ABC’s critical story quoting CBS’s statement in its own defense:
“Most importantly, the content of the documents was backed up by our reporting and our sources who knew the thoughts and behavior of Lt. Col. Jerry Killian at the time,” the statement said. [Emphasis added.]
Killian’s former secretary, Marian Carr Knox, told ABC News she believes the documents are fake, but that they do reflect some of what her former boss thought of then-Lt. George W. Bush.
“He did have complaints about Bush. Bush missed his physical and went off to Alabama with none of the paperwork, I remember Killian talking about that,” Knox said. “But it wasn’t in memo file.” [Emphasis added.]
By the same logic as that used by CBS, the Los Angeles Times, and Burkett’s lawyer, we wouldn’t need, for example, evidence in trials anymore. We would just “know” that certain parties are guilty, and proceed to convict them.
[i]"We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate or we would not have put them on television. There was a great deal of coroborating [sic] evidence from people in a position to know. Having said that, given all the questions about them, we believe we should redouble our efforts to answer those questions, so that's what we are doing." [/i] Bob "Bahgdad" Heyward of See B.S. news.
Rather on "60 Minutes" sadi basically, even though the documents are fakes, we have an 86-year old lady who agrees they're fake, but the story is true. Yeah, that's definitive proof-of NOTHING. Cancel Gunga Dan's dog track reservations-I'm convinced. Rather has literally NOTHING CREDIBLE to back up the story.
Problem is, CBS independent affliates are declining to show "CBS Evening News" and "60 Minutes" and demanding Rather resign. They run a business, and when the negative e-mails of viewers and the potential for advertiser boycotts comes into being, they have no use for this crap. Heck, if Viacom shareholders thought it was cheaper not to have a news division, it might be gone tommorrow, and no oe would miss it. It will come down to money. CBS owns only 8 stations in it's chain. If the owners of the independent affiliates balk at carrying CBS news programming, Rather will be gone, holding a "I will read off a teleprompter for food" sign on a Midtown street without his Saville suit and $100 haircut.
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[quote][i]Originally posted by Bugg[/i]@Sep 15 2004, 09:15 PM
[b] Rather on "60 Minutes" sadi basically, even though the documents are fakes, we have an 86-year old lady who agrees they're fake, but the story is true. Yeah, that's definitive proof-of NOTHING. Cancel Gunga Dan's dog track reservations-I'm convinced. Rather has literally NOTHING CREDIBLE to back up the story.
Problem is, CBS independent affliates are declining to show "CBS Evening News" and "60 Minutes" and demanding Rather resign. They run a business, and when the negative e-mails of viewers and the potential for advertiser boycotts comes into being, they have no use for this crap. Heck, if Viacom shareholders thought it was cheaper not to have a news division, it might be gone tommorrow, and no oe would miss it. It will come down to money. CBS owns only 8 stations in it's chain. If the owners of the independent affiliates balk at carrying CBS news programming, Rather will be gone, holding a "I will read off a teleprompter for food" sign on a Midtown street without his Saville suit and $100 haircut. [/b][/quote]
See B.S. is effed....I've stated all along and posted many message on this board; Viacom- owner of CBS, Schiester & Scheister (book publishers of O'Neill's and Clarke's masterpiece-s) and MTV have an agenda.
Marion Knox's statements prove the documents are forgeries and not even factually correct. Dan Rather again showed his bais by not following up on the statement.
Marion Knox alleged that the forged docuemnts facts were accurate.
The May 4, 1972 forged document is a total fabrication as proven by her own testimony. It is this document that alleges that Colonel Killian ordered Lieutenant Bush to report for Annual Physical Examination for flight clearance by May 14, 1972.
However, Marion Knox clearly indicated in her interview with Dan Rather that Lieutenant Bush had until his birthday to get the medical exam completed. President Bush's birday is July 7th. As such, Dan Rather is screwed again and clearly knows it as he refused to follow up on her statement.
Marion Knox also stated that Killian was upset because President Bush refused an order to complete his medical exam. On what date is she alluding this order was given? Dan Rather again fails to ask any question that could bury him.
Remember know that Ms. Knox claims the forgeries are factually accurate.
Per the admitted forgery of May 19, 1972, Colonel Killian and Lieutenant Bush discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from now through November. The memo also noted a discussion about getting Bush's flight physical situation fixed before his date (As Admitted by Ms. Knox to Dan Rather, this was July 7, 1972) This confirms again the exam was not required by the regulations in May of 1972. The forgery also notes that Bush says he will do his exam in Alabama if he stays in a flight status in Alabama.
The forgery continues that Bush has been working with staff to come up with options and identified a unit that may accept him. Contradicting what Ms. Knox said, the forgery then notes that Colonel Killian told Bush he had to have written acceptance before he would be transferred.
Bush was asked in 1972 to work for an Alabama Senate campaign. On May 24, 1972, Bush filled out a form requesting a transfer to the 9921st Air Reserve Squadron in Montgomery, Alabama.
This unit had no planes and minimal duties. On May 26, 1972, Reese H. Bricken, commander of the 9921st, wrote to Bush to tell him that his application had been accepted.
Commander Bricken said in an interview with the Boston Globe, "We met just one weeknight a month. We were only a postal unit. We had no airplanes."
In fact, Air Reserve Force members, while not required to perform actual duty, could be drafted for the Vietnam war under the Obligated Reserves Section (ORS).
This is why Bush did not need to have a medical exam for flight clearance in May of 1972. Even the forged document prove this fact and totally discredits Ms. Knox, but Dan Rather refused to follow up on this point.
Dan Rather is so bias that he cannot even see the forgeries support that Bush and discredit his story. Bush had approval to not take the physical and explain why there is not gaurd duty from May to Novemebr 1972 time frame.
In fact, Bush's pay records from Alabama are Air Reserve Force records and other documents released confirm this transfer. Dan Rather refuses to discuss this fact.
The alleged forgeries and known Bush records shows that Ms. Knox claims are factually incorrect because Colonel Killian approved the transfer. However, Denver higher-ups retracted the approval. The Denver retration did not occur until July of 1972.
On July 21, 1972, the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver ruled against Bush's reassignment to Alabama, and noted that as "an obligated Reservist" he could only be "assigned to a specific Ready Reserve Position."
By the time Bush was notified of this, he had already missed the July 7th(Bush's Birthday - Note others claim the drop dead date is 3 months after Bush's birday) drop dead date for his physical. If the transfer to the non-flight unit had not been overturned, Bush did not need clearance to fly. The unit had no planes.
Again, Dan Rather is so bias that he cannot even see the earlier dated forgery and the next forgery support discredit Ms. Knox. Bush had approval to not take the physical and Colonel Killian approved a transfer to a that had no reporting requirement.
If Ms. Knox's memory is even correct about memo's being factually accurate, then she has her dates confused per the August 1, 1972 Forged Document. In this forgery, Colonel Killian notes that he recommended Bush for transfer to 9921st Air Reserve Squadron in May of 1972. Colonel Killian also notes the transfer was not allowed. Colonel Killian also notes that he has ordered that Bush be suspended from flight status due to failure to meet annual physical examination for flight clearance as ordered. However, Dan Rather refuses to ask this question of MS. Knox snce it would again cause his story a problem since it confirms that no exam was required in May of 1972.
Bush's known records show that Bush did not receive a written order of the transfer being over ruled until September of 1972. Dan Rather again ignores this fact!
On September 5, 1972, Bush requested permission to "perform equivalent duty" at the 187th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Montgomery "for the months of September, October, and November," and he quickly received approval to do so.
Bush's records show that he was paid for service on October 28-29 and November 11-14 of 1972. Bush received a dental examination at Dannelly in Alabama on January 6, 1973. Pay sheet summaries indicate service from January 4-6 and 8-10 of 1973. Pay sheet summaries indicate service from January 8-10 and April 7-8 and May 1-3 and May 8-10 and May 19-20 and May 22-24 of 1973.
On May 2, 1973, Bush's immediate superiors conducted an annual performance review covering the period from May 1, 1972 to April 30, 1973, which stated that "Lt. Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of the report."
This should be no suprise since he was assigned to 9921st Air Reserve Squadron in Montgomery, Alabama from May 26, 1972 to September 5, 1972 and that Bush had been in Alabama 187th since September of 1972.
Clearly Lt. Col. William D. Harris Jr. and Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian were aware of this and wrote in May of 1972: "A civilian occupation made it necessary for him to move to Montgomery, Ala. He cleared this base on 15 May 1972 and has been performing equivalent training in a non-flying status with the 187 Tac Recon Gp. Dannelly ANG Base, Alabama."
According to the other Forged Document dated August 18, 1973: Colonel Killian notes Bush wasn’t here during rating period and I don’t have any feedback from 187th in Alabama. Colonel Killian refused to rate Bush for May 1972 to May 1973.
More proof of Dan Rather's bias is shown by the August 18, 1973 forgery. This forfery is not even consistent with the August 1, 1972 forgery. It makes no mention of Bush's assignment to the 9921st Air Reserve Squadron from May of 1972 to September of 1972 which is clearly acknowldged in the earlier forgery.
Additionally, Dan Rather's bias is shown by Bush's known records in September of 1973.
On September 5, 1973, Bush requested discharge from service, to be effective on October 1. He wrote, "I am moving to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Harvard Business School as a full time student."
Apparently know understanding Bush's assignments and actual duty in 1972 and 1973, Colonel Killian recommended approval of the discharge the following day.
Dan Rather showed his bias reporting again by never mentioning this fact. Nor does he ever mention the even more important facts that follow.
Bush was only required to complete 50 credits per year, not fulltime service. Bush had completed all the required credits for his six years of service in five years, four months, and five days.
Bush was honorably discharged from the Texas Air National Guard on October 1, 1973.
Bush was immediately transferred to the inactive reserves in Denver, Colorado, and then discharged from the Air Force Reserve on November 21, 1974.
Does anyone really believe Dan Rather's lastest interview even get close to saving CBS from what is likely ACTUAL MALICE (Publishing a false statement with reckless disregard for the trurth)
This is the first of a three-part series on the liberal media’s frivolous attempts at scripting the Clinton legacy. Since leaving the White House, Bill Clinton continues to enjoy unprecedented post-presidential news coverage, with the mainstream media at his beacon call. From his last-minute, self-indulgent grandstanding on Bush’s Inauguration Day and sound bites of his endless megabuck speeches, to photo ops of his awkward appearance at Ground Zero—and his uncensored bellicose blathers, Clinton proves once again that—apart from Bush-bashing, he’s still the leftist media’s favorite obsession.
Part 1 — CBS.com’s nauseating shrine to the ex-president
Returning to post-presidential triage, the pro-Clinton media have been feverishly working overtime recently in a feeble effort to suture the hemorrhaging legacy of Bill Clinton. In the past few months alone, most of the media elite have gone to extreme lengths to run the largest public relations blitz that no other former president has ever been privileged to enjoy. And with the repercussions of Pardongate and allegedly flawed national security initiatives that many believe set the stage for Sept. 11, the Clinton legacy spin machine shows no signs of slowing down.
For starters, in January, CBS.com literally became a nauseatingly virtual shrine to “The Clinton Years,” chronicling the “ups and downs” of his eight-years with the opening paragraph shamelessly touting him as some kind of misunderstood martyr:
“…Mr. Clinton guided the nation with a sure political hand that ushered in an era of prosperity at home and peace abroad. But his legacy was seriously damaged by a foolish sexual affair with a White House intern. Mr. Clinton lied about the affair to the American people and had to fight off a determined GOP bid to remove him from office.”
Using careful and deceptive framing of words, CBS.com’s reveals its liberal tilt. Instead of calling Clinton’s “tryst,” adultery, CBS.com refers to his infidelity as a “foolish sexual affair.” They, in turn, label the Republicans’ attempt to get to the truth an effort to “fight off a determined GOP bid to remove him from office.”
They not only give Clinton credit for the economy (which Reagan and Bush, Sr. made possible), they belittle the GOP for doing the right thing via impeachment. It seems the only thing Clinton was concerned with was his already sullied reputation.
Further slicing and dicing the truth, the CBS.com shrine continues with Vince Foster. Carefully observing the word choice revealed the network Web site’s leftist take on the mysterious circumstances that still haunt the case:
“Trusted Clinton aide commits suicide in July 1993. His death becomes a political burden, even as Bill and Hillary mourn the death of their friend. Political enemies claim Foster was murdered and link his death to something called Whitewater. In the end, Whitewater never really amount to much, but it never goes away either.”
What they don’t say is that the Vince Foster case isn’t exactly a closed book. Instead, it’s callously called “a political burden.” Forensic experts and other federal investigators have revealed that Foster couldn’t have killed himself the way the Park Police described.
What’s more, if the liberal press had done their jobs, they wouldn’t have been so flippant in calling what led up to the tragedy “…something called Whitewater.”
In the GOP congressional transition section, CBS.com refers to the move in typical cynical terms: “Predictably, the new GOP Congress ratchets up its Whitewater probe as journalists do their best to figure out just what Whitewater is.”
To a good investigative reporter, willing to dig deeper without going into the fluff—or into a Clinton cover-up mode, Whitewater wasn’t that hard to figure out. There were shady land deals, cover-ups, and document shedding; journalists had more than enough to work with had they been willing to report the entire story.
Next, CBS.com’s Clinton shrine continues with the deficit and economy section, as they refer to John Kasich as a GOP budget hawk, and end with the sappy line: “…the economy will likely be regarded as Mr. Clinton's single-most impressive achievement on the home front.”
Again, Clinton rode those eight years on the coattails of the economic groundwork that Reagan and Bush, Sr. laid. It’s Clinton’s modus operandi, however, to take the credit.
CBS.com’s liberal propaganda continues with the Oklahoma City bombing tragedy:
“…Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are both convicted of federal crimes in 1997. Mr. Clinton makes good on promise that justice in the deadliest terrorist act ever on U.S. soil would be “swift, certain, and severe,” and earns some sorely needed credibility.”
Regarding terrorism and his so-called efforts to thwart it, if Clinton still wants to know the legacy he so desperately lusts after, he needn't look any further than the rumble at Ground Zero where the World Trade Center once stood.
Running the most corrupt and unethical administration in political history, Clinton opened the door to the most destructive terrorist attack ever perpetrated on U.S. soil.
From the pilot of the first plane that hit the World Trade Center—and the innocent people
on board and in the Towers, to Daniel Pearl and two WTC victim's widows who recently committed suicide out of overwhelming grief, Clinton may very well share responsibility for the shedding of innocent blood.
In 1998, the CBS.com shrine cites, with Clinton facing impeachment, he pulls a Wag-the-Dog. Only, CBS.com’s version is a lot kinder, portraying him as the perennial victim:
“The U.S. House reluctantly delays an impeachment vote. Critics say it's a case of life imitating art and point to Wag The Dog, a movie about a president who starts a war with Albania to deflect attention from his affair with a young woman. Nevertheless, the bombing doesn't hurt Mr. Clinton's standing with the public.”
One point CBS.com obviously failed to mention was that if Clinton wouldn’t have lied to the American people—or tried to cover up his lies, the Starr investigation never would have cost taxpayers $50 million; instead, the liberal press blamed Starr.
The nauseating love fest concluded with the liberal network’s take on Clinton’s future:
“With the threat of a criminal indictment eliminated by his deal with independent counsel Robert Ray, Mr. Clinton's future appeared brighter than ever. But a series of post-White House problems, including his pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, continued to make Mr. Clinton the focus of controversy and GOP attacks.”
CBS.com still paints Clinton as the victim, even after he’s cheated on his wife; lied under oath to a federal grand jury; tampered with evidence; suborned witnesses and forced them to sign false affidavits; pardoned convicted felons and a fugitive; allegedly opened the door to Sept. 11; and has never admitted wrongdoing or shown the slightest contrition.
Rick Henderson of Reason magazine best described the political doubletalk of Clinton. The very words Clinton used—among the endless sea of liberal diatribes—to get elected were the very words that would come back to haunt him:
“It is an open question whether requiring grade-school students to wear uniforms—one Clinton recommendation—or bribing college students through AmeriCorps to do community service makes young people responsible or merely compliant. Regardless, as the current (Lewinsky) scandal reminds us, there's a serious disconnection between the administration’s stated policy agenda and the actual conduct of Bill and Hillary Clinton in their professional lives,” Henderson noted.
“From Vincent Foster and Susan McDougal to the Travel Office staff and Monica Lewinsky, the Clintons have repeatedly evaded responsibility for their own shortcomings when it was more convenient to let somebody else take a fall. The president and first lady might have avoided a lot of trouble had they followed their own advice about personal responsibility.”