Whatever happened to the breathless coverage of important news stories like the tons of missing ammo in Iraq? George Bush’s AWOL escapades and the documents that proved it? Karl Rove’s leaking of an undercover CIA operative’s name for political advantage? The Bush Administration’s reckless indifference to Richard Clarke’s prescient warnings about the imminent danger of a 9/11 attack? Bush’s nefarious backroom conspiracies in cahoots with the Saudi royal family and the bin Ladens?
Golly, I thought these were all Critically Important Stories™ that the public needed to know about in every detail. Suddenly, after November 2nd, things have gone quiet. I wonder why.
CBS and Dan Rather stand by their crumbling story, while Captain’s Quarters recaps the latest developments in the CBS forged memos scandal, and includes a handy 9-point list of discrepancies in the documents. It ain’t all in the superscript, folks.
Meanwhile Power Line gathers several mainstream media stories to paint a picture of Gunga Dan under seige. The three lawyers running Power Line have given Rather a length of rope and they seem content today to watch him tie his own noose. When they pull the lever on the trap door this coming week, it’ll be a quick end for CBS. Power Line has new questions about the paper used for CBS‘ “original” copies, and about incorrect zip codes on the purported memos.
INDC Journal exposes how the Boston Globe misquoted a document analysis expert, and relays the expert’s outrage.
In the “put up or shut up department”, Defeat JohnJohn is offering at least $17,600 to the first person to $17,600 in cash to the first person who can find a typewriter available in 1972 that reasonably could have produced the documents in question.
For the big picture, rely on The Belmont Club … as always.
UPDATE: Dan Rather would have you believe that the whole forgery story is overblown because a few old typewriters could manage superscript text. Well, look at this flash animation. If that’s not proof of forgery, nothing is. No doubt Dan Rather’s next statement will be: “Who’re ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”
Hat tip: Power Line
… stop digging. I’ve just gotta laugh.
Captain Ed, the skipper at Captain’s Quarters, comments on a story from The Washington Prowler which supposedly alleges that 60 Minutes got the faked Killian memos from the Kerry campaign. I say “supposedly” because at the moment the Prowler page is inaccessible.
From Captain Ed:
But the Kerry campaign has it even worse. Thanks to a barrage of ads from the Swiftvets, Kerry already has suffered damage to his image in voter evaluation of his honesty and integrity. If his campaign passed off forged documents to news organizations to smear George Bush, it will destroy the shreds of his credibility in such a way that he may not even be able to win re-election in his next Senate campaign.
Not only does it paint the entire Democratic party machine from Kerry and Terry McAuliffe down as completely dishonest, but also incredibly incompetent. How long would it have taken to have a document specialist verify the memos, especially given that even the campaign had its doubts? Voters who manage not to be completely put off by the dishonest have to ask themselves whether they want the country run by people this flat-out stupid. And fair or not, the whole mess winds up in John Kerry’s lap. It’s yet another case of misfiring a grenade, only this time the wounds won’t be superficial.
The moonbats have already begun laying the blame at the feet of Svengali … er, Karl Rove. I’d bet on the simpler, more plausible explanation: Team Kerry’s incompetence.
… if the CBS memos have been forged, and I’m going to hold him to it.
Wizbang asks “whodunnit“? The Commisar has a candidate.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin thinks journalists’ obligation to protect anonymous sources ought to evaporate if the sources lie.
Atrios never met a strawman he didn’t like, Josh Marshall goes on a superscript “th” hunt, Kevin Drum takes CBS at its word (then hedges), and Kos thinks that the “memos” must be real because the White House simply gave reporters copies of what it received from 60 Minutes. Even more hilariously, the commenters on these sites blame Karl Rove for planting the forgeries just to make the left look silly. What a surprise.
The theme of the moment among the lefty bloggers seems to be “never mind the other problems with the forged memos, just find anything to hang your hat on and then either look smug or whine about right-wing conspiracies.” According to the spin from the left today, the “memos” that 60 Minutes faxed to the White House magically became authentic just because the White House gave copies to reporters without comment.
Good luck, fellas.
The Kerry Krew just fired two more dud rounds against President Bush this week, and they sound something like this: “Bush was AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard” (gee, that’s original) and “Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David.” Too bad he earned every point in every year to meet his TANG service obligations, and the “source” of the coke story denies ever making the allegation.
Since we’re still looking at old service records, Senator Kerry, how about releasing all of your records?
Double hat tip: Captain’s Quarters (here and here)
UPDATE: More on Bush’s service here.
UPDATE 2: Power Line looks at the “smoking gun” documents from the 60 Minutes episode on the AWOL charge, and uncovers possible forgery.
UPDATE 3: Power Line continues to ram the lance home, this time noting that even the Associated Press is looking askance at CBS.
UPDATE 4: Too funny.
UPDATE 5: The New York Times is reluctantly nibbling.
UPDATE 6: Funnier still.
President Bush just signed this year’s Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which appropriates $391 billion toward such worthy goals as more body armor, more armored Humvees, more ammunition, more fuel, more spare parts, and critical funding for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House passed the bill by a margin of 410-12, and the Senate voted “yes” by 98-0.
Take a wild guess who one of the two missing senators was. That’s right … John Kerry couldn’t be bothered to vote on funding our military. I hope some minimally competent reporter skewers him the next time he bloviates about supporting our troops.