Archive for the ‘rathergate’ Category

"one of the most embarrassing chapters in American journalism"

May 28, 2008

Kyle Drennen correct points out that would be former CBS News anchorDan Rather, using fraudulent National Guard memos to attempt to smear President Bush just prior to the 2004 election.”

Reporting the truth is obviously not a priority at CBS.

January 13, 2005

There’s more. From DGCI, Howard Kurtz chimes in on Rathergate and the CBS “investigation”.

If there is one line in the 224-page report on CBS News that has set critics aflame, it is that there is no “basis” for concluding that Dan Rather and his colleagues had a “political bias” in pursuing their badly botched story about President Bush’s National Guard service.

What, they say? No evidence?

“In any fair-minded assessment of how CBS performed and why they so badly butchered their own standards, that has to be part of the explanation,” said former New York Times reporter Steve Roberts, now a professor at George Washington University. “It’s not just that they wanted to be first, they wanted to be first with a story that was critical of the president.”

Still more…Austin Bay deals with a damn good quesiton:
“If it was common knowledge that Mr.Burkett was something of a Bush-hating crank, why would someone of Ms. Mapes/Mr. Rather [ed: ilk? position?] accept information passed to him?”

The Key Question remains unanswered!

September 20, 2004

In regard to Rathergate:
What did John Kerry know and when did he know it?

We may be starting to get some answers…

The important questions

September 19, 2004

Well, well…

“A retired Texas National Guard official mentioned as a possible source for disputed documents about President Bush’s service in the Guard said he passed along information to a former senator working with John Kerry’s campaign.”

We’re back to the important questions that need to be answered!

What did John Kerry know about the forgeries?
When did John Kerry know about the forgeries?
How high up in the Kerry Campaign and the DNC did the approval of the forgeries go?

Oh ya, don’t forget:

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

The Kerry/Rathergate Connection

September 17, 2004

Rather than doing the sane thing of distancing himself from this Charlie Fox, Senator Botox is doing the opposite according to the Washington Times:

“Bizarrely, John Kerry is now clutching onto the document-challenged Dan Rather like a drowning man grabbing onto a sinking ship,” the New York Post’s Deborah Orin writes.
“Ask outside Democratic strategists, and they all say it makes zero sense for Kerry allies to piggyback on the Rather attacks against Bush’s National Guard service now that the anchor’s credibility is melting like the Wicked Witch of the West,” Miss Orin said.
“Worried Dems say it shows lack of discipline, lack of strategy, lack of message and free-lancing — just what a slipping campaign can’t afford. ‘It’s stupid, it’s stupid, it’s stupid. Get off the National Guard and all that bull. Every day we talk about the National Guard and Vietnam is another day that George Bush wins. No one cares about 30 years ago,’ a top Dem says.
“Another tells of a focus group of swing voters this week where no one even mentioned Rather’s Guard flap but an unnerving number ‘parroted back’ attacks on Kerry as a flip-flopper who lied about his Vietnam service. ‘The Kerry people think they didn’t attack Bush hard enough. They’re dead wrong. More attacks on Bush aren’t a reason to vote for Kerry,’ this strategist says.”

Rathergate Part 3

September 10, 2004

A few interesting points found at The Belmont Club:

The Ben Barnes interview by Dan Rather set the table for the introduction of the phony memos about George Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. The story line was: rich boy got undeserved special treatment, performed poorly, and lied about it ever since. Hence the credibility of Ben Barnes in that interview is important.

We already know that Barnes is the #3 Kerry contributor through bundling, and that Barnes has a past full of scandals, including allegations by federal prosecutors that Barnes bribed a lottery company executive to the tune of $500,000. These are issues that go to Barnes’ credibility. However, we didn’t learn these things from Dan Rather.

Nor did we learn about Dan Rather’s personal fund raising efforts on behalf of the Travis County Democratic Party, where Ben Barnes sits on the Finance Council. Rather raised $20,000 for the organization on March 21, 2001. Rather has extensive personal ties to Travis county: he owns a home in the Austin area, and his daughter Robin, an environmentalist and marketing executive, is said to have considered running for mayor of Austin as a Democrat. Rather has sometimes now said that he attended the fundraiser as a favor to his daughter, but he told Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post on April 4, 2001 that he agreed to appear “at the invitation of an old friend, Austin City Council member Will Wynn.” Rather’s appearance at a Democratic Party fundraiser was contrary to the official policies of CBS and most of the MSM.

Now, three years later, Rather interviewed the same fellow without disclosing the reporter’s previous involvement in raising money for the Democratic Party of Travis County, or his other, even larger, conflict of interest. If Robin Rather wants to have a future in Democratic politics in Austin, she needs the support of Ben Barnes and the other movers and shakers among Travis County Democrats, including those on the Finance Council.

Dan Rather had no business conducting the interview with Ben Barnes because of his extensive conflicts of interests. Since he chose to do the interview anyway, at a minimum he should have disclosed his conflicts, or CBS should have done so for him.


The weakest point in the talking points:

The disobeyment of a direct order.

This would require Bush’s signature on the initial order and plenty of other paper work if the order was actually disobeyed.

i.e. a paper trail with other signatures besides Killian’s.


September 10, 2004

I swiped the title from CD Harris’ blog. Too cool not too…

Rathergate makes the, ahem, “mainstream media” with this article on the front page of the Washington Post.