“In an effort to regain the trust of the American people CBS should not only investigate the process that led to the use of these documents but they should identify immediately those engaged in possible criminal activity who attempted to use a news organization to affect the outcome of a Presidential election in its closing days.”
I would be shocked if the Kerry Campaign did NOT have a major role in the creation and/or distribution of the fraudulent documents. Of course, they did. Max Cleland seems to be involved, and he is an adviser to the campaign. There were undisputed reports early in this controversy that the Kerry campaign saw the documents before CBS News did. Did Kerry’s campaign forward them to CBS?
I still say Kerry will not be the Democrat candidate come November.
In his biggest break from his previous convictions, Sen. John Kerry today announced that Saddam Husssain should not have been removed from power in Iraq. If elected, the Mass. Senator will reinstate Saddam as president of the Middle East country, provided the Iraqis haven’t already executed the former despot.
“Democracy has gone too far,” Kerry told an audience of students in New York. “Some people, like most of the Middle East, do better under dictatorships and monarchies than under anything like a democratic-republic. Those people just aren’t ready for self-rule.”
The Bush campaign chose to leave Kerry’s comments alone. “No comment,” said a grinning Karl Rove when asked by reporters about the Democrat’s new position.
This information volunteered by Burkett closes several loops even for Kerry supporters.
1. Burkett, who has previously admitted to lying about George Bush out of personal hatred for the President, was the source of the memos
2. The Kerry Campaign obtained the memos before CBS News did.
3. Someone in the Kerry Campaign conspired with CBS News producers or Dan Rather to obtain a copy of the forgeries from Burkett.
4. Burkett forwarded the documents to CBS from a Kinko’s in Texas to give the Kerry Campaign plausible deniability.
5. Burkett destroyed that deniability by admitting that he has been working for the Kerry Campaign.
Expect this story to completely unravel this week. CBS now stands alone in defense of its actions. When the 5 points above are accepted as fact, Kerry will withdraw and Dan Rather will resign. Look for the Hillary Clinton to be the Democrat candidate after federal judges order the states to accept a substitute for Kerry.
Most of the world knows that a little girl in West Virginia had her Bush-Cheney sign ripped from her tiny hands by angry Democrats at a John Edwards rally on Wednesday. Sophia Parlock’s dad, Phil, brought to the Democrat event and gave her a Bush-Cheney sign to hold up at the end of the rally, after Edwards had spoken.
Union thugs set upon the family, forcibly ripping the signs from the children’s hands. Phil Parlock told the Washtington Times, “She was crying; they were pushing and shoving her. She was scared.” The picture of the crying girl appeared on the the DrudgeReport website, making Sophia famous.
While the behavior of the union thugs was criminal and reprehensible, I’m not a big fan of bringing kids into politics. I don’t like spoiling a child’s childhood with sex, drugs, or gratuitous violence, either.
High school students, just a year or two from voting, should probably form an understanding of the way the world works. But 3-year-olds need to be worried about butterflies and Halloween costumes, not party politics. And no one should be surprised when Painters Union thugs rough up little girls. It’s what unions do.
The Gallup organization shows the President has a commanding 13-point lead in its latest poll of likely voters conducted in the past week. A Pew Research Group poll conducted during roughly the same period finds the race a dead heat at 46% to 46%.
The Gallup poll was conducted normally. The Pew people tried something new, by conducting the poll in two phases. Whether that accounts for the difference, I don’t know, but somebody is wrong here. Way wrong.
There is no other way to describe CBS News. They have proven to have no concern whatsoever about journalism integrity. They clearly want only to defame President Bush and to sway the election in Kerry’s favor. As such, CBS News is now a mere parody of itself, The Onion Network.
I was opposed to Congressional investigations of the network. They’ve changed my mind. Let’s have the Justice Department and FCC dig in as well. While we’re at it, I would like see the results of a thorough examination of the private lives of Dan Rather, Andrew Heyward, Mary Mapes, and everyone else at CBS involved in this cover-up. We need a conservative George Soros to finance such endeavors.
Finally, I would like to see the White House revoke CBS’s press credentials, barring them from White House, the Pentagon, the State Department. Let them fight for their news the the bloggers must.
After reading William Safire’s piece on CBS’s fraud, I am convinced that CBS will have to retract and apologize before the week is out. When your friends tell you it’s over, it’s over. Dan Rather is, right now, Richard Nixon being told he doesn’t have the votes in the Senate to acquit.
What bothers me is how the MSM will treat Rather after he confesses. Instead of riding him out on a rail, he will be honored for his “remarkable courage.” A scapegoat, likely Safire’s mentally unstable formre Guardsman, will be offered up. The Kerry campaign will be exhonorated. In fact, Kerry will make it all Bush’s fault by saying, “You see, Mr. President, this is what happens when you start trying to besmear a man’s military record.” The smug bastard.
In the end, no one will be hurt–except the former Guardsman with the mental problems.
Can I be happy day and night, Whistle Disney tunes and bright Exciting airs delight, Even if it isnt me? Never, ever curse or scowl, Seldom frown or whimper foul, Never drag a drooping jowl, Even if it isnt me? My moods Ill keep so high And sunny. Jokes to slap your thigh, So funny. Absolutely nothing dry, Even if it isnt me? So many faults in me youve found That I dare not make the slightest sound Or wear a nasty, ugly frown. Even if it isnt me. Im allows pissed and without cause, Im the monster giving pause To everyonethe kids, in-laws. Even if it isnt me. I still scribble, in meetings boring, Your sweet name with arrows soaring Toward my waiting heart-adoring. Even if it isnt me. I know theres someone just for you, dear, Someone kind, in perfect cheer You long to love and so revere, Even if it isnt me.
Having spent 9 years as a Personnel Officer in the Navy, I can tell you that the Sugar Coat memo is likely a fraud. In that memo, Killian supposedly writes to himself that hes going to give Bush no marks for the period, but Killian had no choice. Thats the way fitreps work.
When an officer is away from his permanent duty station for a significant period portion of the reporting period, the reporting senior must submit a “not observed” report. Anything else would be conjecture. A Not Observed reports means that the Commanding Officer is limited in what he can write about. He cannot characterize the quality of the officers service during the period, but only state facts like the officers rank, his primary duty, his qualifications, and the reason for a not observed reportless than 90 days observed.
Additionally, reporting seniors may not use information from another reporting senior. Killian would have known this, so he would not have written “I don’t have any feedback.” It wouldn’t have mattered if had gotten a daily report from Bushs CO in Alabama–he couldn’t have used any of it a Fitness Report.
In this case, the Alabama unit would have submitted a “concurrent” report, meaning it covers a period also covered by a “regular” report. This concurrent report would contain the characterization of Bushs service during the period. The Texas squadron would submit the “regular” report, marked “Not Observed” and directing interested parties to the Alabama unit’s concurrent report.
Dull, yes. But I supervised the FitRep process for many years, and it’s pretty much the same across the services.