September 11, 2004
no liberal bias here...
I believe that CBS finally shit in its own hat big time and got caught. I stopped watching 60 Minutes years ago when the obvious news-twisting became more than I could stand to witness, so I didn't see the big story. But I'm not surprised by it.
Unfortunately for CBS, Dan Rather's hairdresser sucks up so much of the budget that there was nothing left for any fact-checking, so the ''60 Minutes'' crew rushed on air with a damning National Guard memo conveniently called ''CYA'' that Bush's commanding officer had written to himself 32 years ago. ''This was too hot not to push,'' one producer told the American Spectator. Hundreds of living Swiftvets who've signed affidavits and are prepared to testify on camera -- that's way too cold to push; we'd want to fact-check that one thoroughly, till, say, midway through John Kerry's second term. But a handful of memos by one dead guy slipped to us by a Kerry campaign operative -- that meets ''basic standards'' and we gotta get it out there right away.
Recondo 32 is in Washington DC today to walk in the Veterans Against Kerry march and I can't find ANY coverage of that event by major news media. I wonder why? They ran pictures of every dipshit protester they could find outside the NRC.
No... not a trace of liberal bias here.
Hey, why not? Who's gonna spot it? If CBS says it's so, that's good enough for Thomas Oliphant's Boston Globe, the New York Times and the Washington Post, all of whom rushed the story onto their front pages because it met their ''basic standards.'' On Friday morning, Paul Krugman, the New York Times' excitable economist, filed a column called, ''The Dishonesty Thing,'' and for one moment I thought he was about to upbraid CBS for rushing on air with their laughably fake memos. But no, he was droning on about how the National Guard story demonstrated George W. Bush's ''pattern of lies: his assertions that he fulfilled his obligations when he obviously didn't ..."
STILL... no liberal bias here.
And there ain't no goddam clouds in the sky, either.
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