September 10, 2004
CBS NEWS EXPOSED?: The problem is CBS News
wanted the Bush National Guard memos to be true. In fact,
the memos confirmed all of their suspicions and doubts about
George W. Bush so they more or less assumed they were authentic.
They got some "expert" to say they were legit
and then they plowed ahead with their hit
piece on President Bush.
years ago, ten years ago, even five years ago they might
have gotten away with it. However, in the new information
age that we live in today, driven by the blogosphere, the
fraud appears to have unraveled in less than 24 hours.
friends over at Powerline
got the ball rolling at 7:51 yesterday morning. The flood
gates were fully opened when the 800lb gorilla on the internet,
linked to Scott
Johnson's post on Powerline. From there the likely hoax
spread like wildfire throughout the blogosphere.
Green Footballs and indcjournal
followed up with a series of posts outlining more evidence
against the CBS' documents. Before noon Jim Geraghty over
Kerry Spot asked:
want to reserve my final judgment on this one — but the
early evidence doesn't look good for CBS, or the Boston
Globe.....CBS News and the Globe ought to check this out
big-time, and fast. If they ran with a story based on
a forgery (and a forgery that the blogosphere managed
to check out in just a few hours) this report will join
Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and Janet Cooke in journalism's
hall of infamy.
friend Hugh Hewitt was able to track down forensic document
expert Farrell Shiver and interviewed him at length on his
syndicated radio show, and subsequently posted the full
transcript at hughhewitt.com. And then at 7:20 EST,
less than 24 hours after the original 60 Minutes exclusive
ran, Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard filed: Is
It a Hoax?
Experts weigh in on the 60 Minutes documents. Says one:
"I'm a Kerry supporter myself, but . . . I'm 99% sure that
these documents were not produced in the early 1970s."
morning the front page of the Washington Post becomes the
the first major paper to acknowledge the likelihood that
CBS was duped. The New
York Times and the Boston
Globe, which ran front page stories attacking President
Bush Wednesday and Thursday, citing the CBS documents, were
silent on their front pages. The Globe actually ran an above
the fold story titled: "Kerry
Team, DNC Hit Bush on Guard Issue."
to be fair this story has not been conclusively proven to
have been a fraud, and there is still a chance, albeit a
pretty darn small one, that CBS, the Times and the
Globe have it right, and the blogosphere has it wrong.
But I wouldn't be making any big bets on Old Liberal Media
on this one.
get in to the political dynamics of this fiasco later, if
indeed it does turn out that this story is a hoax, but let's
just say that after yesterday's three major polls showing
Kerry trailing 4 - 9 points
nationally and Gallup's
state polls showing Kerry behind in Ohio, Pennsylvania
and Missouri this is not what the Kerry campaign needed.
J. McIntyre 8: 33 am Link
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