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Rather Weak...and Embarrassing

Monday, 13 September 2004 12:00 AM

Despite the manufactured assault on the President’s military service, the blowback to the Dan Rather-Ben Barnes interview has created multiple sucking chest wounds. Rather, CBS, Barnes, and John Kerry are all wounded and all seem to lack sufficient character or common sense to recognize they are bleeding to death. Talk about unintended consequences.

CBS and Rather are in the unenviable position of defending the indefensible. If they were to do the honorable thing and either throw themselves on their sword with a mega mea culpa, or (God forbid) include as part of their reporting the refutations of Barnes claims and the probably forged Killian memos, the fiction of their credibility/objectivity is challenged.

Apparently Rather intentionally failed to include any witnesses who challenged the content of the controversial (possibly forged) Killian memos. Why? Because they were deemed too "pro-Bush."

So, Danny is comfortable with offering his audience anti-Bush witnesses but not pro-bush witnesses?

Rather, kinda like a philanderer caught in bed, replies, “Who are you going to believe…your eyes or me?” The philanderer’s presumption is if you deny the obvious long enough and loud enough eventually the wife will believe you…because she wants to. However, in the case of CBS/Rather et al…the audience is less inclined to believe the presumed ‘loved one’ than the facts in evidence. That is a reality check CBS’s senior pontificator fails to accept.

The son of the late Jerry Killian, Gary Killian says he was interviewed two weeks ago by "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes. He even urged Mapes to interview Dean Roome, who roomed with Bush during his time in the Guard.

However, Mapes noted that "60 Minutes" had already conducted the interview. Roome’s story wouldn’t make it onto CBS. Why? Because, "We think he is pretty pro-Bush." In other words, he offered facts that contradict the preconceived opinion and prejudice.

Rather is clinging to one hiccup in the hoax charges like a rat on a floating piece of excrement: that the font used in the alleged memo was not available in 1972, when in fact it was. Big whoop!

How about other ‘anomalies’ indicating the memo is bogus?

His personal belief is that the documents have been "computer generated" and are a "fraud."

Remember, ‘handwritten notes’ could have been written but Killian did not type…he didn’t know how.

Regardless of whether to accept or reject the CBS spin, Rather refuses to even attempt to offer a ‘fair and balanced’ view of the story. Why?

Even Democrat operatives acknowledge that if or when the Hoax is revealed, it will be a death knell for the Kerry crowd.

Some people just don’t want to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinion or prejudices. Dan Rather and CBS are personifying that Metcalf bromide.

By the way…Lt G.W. Bush’s records indicate (notwithstanding the Democrats' caterwauling to the contrary) that he exceeded the required number of drills of each and every year of service.

Also ignored by the Kerry complicit media is that Lt Bush reportedly asked twice to participate in a flight program, which would result in combat duty in Vietnam but was rejected because of insufficient flight hours. I haven’t heard ‘Jack’ about that in the mainstream.

It is also significant (and revealing) that Rather apparently feels a rabid Democrat partisan like Ben Barnes deserves voluminous airtime, but the non-partisan Swift Boat Vets are somehow ‘unworthy’ of the lofty venues of CBS.


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Despite the manufactured assault on the President's military service, the blowback to the Dan Rather-Ben Barnes interview has created multiple sucking chest wounds.Rather, CBS, Barnes, and John Kerry are all wounded and all seem to lack sufficient character or common sense...
Monday, 13 September 2004 12:00 AM
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