September 10, 2004

Media meltdown over Bush charges escalates

CBS has begun an internal investigation of the source of the National Guard "documents" they obtained, supposedly from a FOIA request. The documents supposedly show that then-Lieutenant Bush disobeyed direct orders and was not certified to fly during his time of service. The documents were supposedly written in the early 1970s.

Analysis of the documents has shown that the typeface and layout used was not available in the 1970s, but most likely came from a recent version of Microsoft Word. Microsoft didn't even exist until 1980, and did not begin manufacturing word processing software until the early 1990s.

Memos uncovered and touted by Rather's team appear to have been written in Microsoft Word, the experts said - a computer program that did not exist at the time Bush was in the Guard.

The same documents, purportedly authored by Bush Guard commander Jerry Killian, were challenged by Killian's widow and son, who told reporters on Thursday that the deceased National Guard commander would have never written such memos.

CBS is not alone in their misery. NBC is set to air three days of Today Show interviews with author Kitty Kelly, whose new "tell-all" book, The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, has been discredited by the supposed main source for the information in the book, ex-sister-in-law Susan Bush.
"I categorically deny that I ever told Kitty Kelley that George W. Bush used cocaine at Camp David or that I ever saw him use cocaine at Camp David," ex-Bush sister-in-law Sharon Bush said in a statement issued Thursday.
No comment from NBC officials today.

Posted by mhking at September 10, 2004 10:03 AM

1968: No Microsoft
No word=processing programs
No DOS commands (remember those?)
Instead, there were IBM punch cards for programming.
Ah, the olden days!

Posted by: Fausta at September 10, 2004 10:57 AM

this is a direct plea to readers to e-mail CBS news. This is now a last stand by Rathger on his personal credibility. Send CBS an e-mail with your opinion. Pro or con(CON!!!)

E-mail @

Posted by: vanyogan at September 10, 2004 01:44 PM

I have been viewing CBS news since the early 60's after this week of total bias and one sided news reporting i will no longer be watching. You people should be ashamed of yourseleves. Come foward with the truth about these documents, set the record stright i beg of you. Do what you expect others to do.

Posted by: John Toothaker at September 14, 2004 12:30 PM
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