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Case in point: Dan Rather did ask some awkward questions about George Bush's Air National Guard Service and we see what was his reward.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jul 2nd, 2008 at 12:40:52 AM EST
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He was set up with a faked document... But I didn't feel sorry for him because he had said, shortly after 9/11, "[Bush] is my commander-in-chief. All he has to do is tell me where to line up and I'll do it". Since when is the Press Corps a division of the US Armed Forces? I guess calling it a Corps gives it away :-P
But when you check out a document, you take it to the source. You take it all the way to the source. The idea that they would actually go with a story without actually--without following it to the National Guard archive or to the Pentagon and verifying its actual authenticity is just mind-blowing; but it's not surprising, I guess, given Rather's terrible record. Don't forget that he was practically saluting Bush on David Letterman famously after 9/11. He said "All--He's my commander-in-chief. All he has to do is tell me where to line up and I'll do it." Even on the Abu Ghraib scandal, which they did break (I mean, we have to give CBS credit for putting it on the air), they called General Myers, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, once they had the pictures and the evidence, confronted him with it, and he said, "Well, give me a couple of weeks. Please don't do the story," and they sat on it for two weeks! And then later said, "Well, we went with the story because--only because it was going to break on the internet." Not because it was the right thing to do. So now, the--you have a case of crazy overcompensation, but incredible incompetence by CBS.
(source: Democracy Now!)

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 2nd, 2008 at 02:00:04 AM EST
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