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Tuesday, September 21, 2004


CBS, The Kerry Campaign and Bill Burkett

Absolutely amazing. What a nice little lovefest between CBS, Kerry's campaign and Bill Burkett. From USA Today (via The Command Post):

CBS arranged for a confidential source to talk with Joe Lockhart, a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, after the source provided the network with the now-disputed documents about President Bush’s service in the Texas National Guard.

Lockhart, the former press secretary to President Clinton, said a female producer talked to him about the 60 Minutes program a few days before it aired on Sept. 8. She gave Lockhart a telephone number and asked him to call Bill Burkett, a former Texas National Guard officer who gave CBS the documents. Lockhart couldn’t recall the producer’s name. But CBS said Monday night that it would examine the role of producer Mary Mapes in passing the name to Lockhart.

Burkett told USA TODAY that he had agreed to turn over the documents to CBS if the network would help arrange a conversation with the Kerry campaign.
Isn't that nice. CBS agrees to hook Burkett up with a Kerry adviser in exchange for getting the big (phony) exclusive story on Bush's horrid Guard service. Truly heartwarming.

You know, this just keeps getting better and better. Have you ever noticed that the Chicken Littles of the Left cry about the sky falling when someone gets elected to office (say Vice President) who once ran a large oil company (but no long has any finical interest in that company), but it's somehow ok for a major news organization to actively collude with 1) a Democratic Presidential Candidate's campaign and 2) an avowed Republican President Hater?

Can anyone say: Double Standard?


I agree.

Also...Why the living you-know-what should I believe Burkett now?

In earlier conversations with USA TODAY, Burkett had identified the source of the documents as George Conn, a former Texas National Guard colleague who works for the U.S. Army in Europe. Burkett now says he made up the story about Conn's involvement to divert attention from himself and the woman he now says provided him with the documents. He told USA TODAY that he also lied to CBS.

Burkett now maintains that the source of the papers was Lucy Ramirez, who he says phoned him from Houston in March to offer the documents. USA TODAY has been unable to locate Ramirez.
Tell me another Bill. I love these bedtime stories. There's nothing quite like smearing multiple people's reputations to "divert attention" away from yourself and your lady friend. I wonder if Ms. Ramirez really only came to know of Mr. Burkett by seeing him on MSNBC, or if perhaps that is also a lie.

I guess in the end I don't really care. The fact is the documents were fake. Unless somebody comes up with some real evidence that Bush did or didn't do whatever I think they should all just shut their lying traps. True to form, there's no hope of that:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Democrats Monday acknowledged some documents it touted in attacking President Bush's U.S. military record were false, but continued to push other evidence.
I'll defer to Rush's wise advice: The best way to beat these people is to just let them talk. Well, keep it up Terry McAwful.


Cold Fury posts an extremely strong opinion on the correct response to CBS's most recent lie. You know, it's pretty hard to disagree with Joe on this one.


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