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CBS NEWS SUSPECTED OF RIGGING 2004 ELECTION FOR KERRY
KERRY SUPPORTER MAY BE SOURCE OF PHONY MEMOS
RATHER'S ULTIMATE GOAL WAS TO DESTROY BUSH BEFORE NOV. 2
BUSH RELEASED RECORDS; KERRY STILL REFUSES TO SIGN FORM 180
DOCUMENT EXPERT WARNED CBS NEWS NOT TO USE PHONY MEMOS
KERRY, RATHER MAY BE INVOLVED IN PHONY MEMO COVER-UP
RATHER'S QUESTIONABLE TIES TO THE TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY
BARNES TRIES TO STOP DAUGHTER FROM EXPOSING HIS LIES
BLOGGERS DO WHAT DAN RATHER WOULDN'T: EXPOSE THE TRUTH
RATHER IGNORES FAMILY MEMBERS WHO DISPUTED PHONY MEMOS
KILLIAN'S FORMER SECRETARY CONFIRMS MEMOS ARE FAKE
TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD DIRECTOR BACKS BUSH, DEBUNKS MEMOS
RATHER'S PHONY MEMO STORY MAY END CAREER OF PROPAGANDA
FORMER CBS NEWS REPORTER CAUTIONED RATHER ABOUT BIAS
RATHER CARES MORE ABOUT SINKING BUSH THAN EXPOSING KERRY
KERRY MAY BE WORSE THAN GORE AT DIRTY ELECTION TRICKS
RATHER STILL STANDS BY PHONY MEMOS, LASHES OUT AT BLOGGERS

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Dan Rather's suspicious alliance with the Kerry campaign

By Doug Schmitz
Sep 17, 2004

COLUMNIST'S NOTE: The following is an in-depth analysis of Dan
Rather's current imbroglio that will delve into journalistic fraud
and media arrogance. It's a look at how media elites like Rather
are rapidly coming to the end of the road in their highly paid
careers of shamelessly slanting the news, in their politically
motivated attempts to destroy President Bush by influencing the 2004
election for John Kerry.

In fact, in the past year alone, we've witnessed the willing
assistance of a partisan media who have gone straight in the tank
for Sen. Kerry, as he displays the desperate acts of a very
desperate man, who's trying to use whatever means possible – legal
or otherwise – to usurp the will of all of us who believe that the
best thing we can do for our country, our troops and our national
security is to re-elect President George W. Bush.

Faced with plummeting ratings, a dossier of past credibility
problems and a long overdue retirement set for next spring, CBS
Evening News anchor Dan Rather must have thought he could silently
exit his coveted anchor chair with one last smear against President
Bush before the 2004 election, instead of leaving his $8
million-per-year, anti-Republican post with a vestige of
journalistic integrity.

But when desperate times call for desperate measures, especially
with an embittered John Kerry slipping in the polls and running all
over the map on Iraq and the economy, no one knows how to spike a
news story that coddles Democrats and slanders Republicans quite
like Dan Rather, the Don of the media elites – and one of Kerry's
most loyal media allies.

As Mark Steyn observed in the Chicago Sun-Times about Rather and
other media leftists trying to destroy Bush before the fall
election, while unashamedly campaigning for Kerry, "Big Media are
trashing their reputations in service to a man who can never win."

With the Left still seething over President Bush's rising poll
numbers and unwavering character, the media elites are still pulling
for John Kerry as he frantically grasps at any available straw in
his reckless bid to hijack the White House at any cost. The simple
fact that Rather resurrected the Bush National Guard story for the
fourth time on what has become the top venue for Bush-haters, '60
Minutes,' is a clear sign that Rather and the rest of the
Clinton-loving media are absolutely panic-stricken about doing
whatever they can to get Kerry in the Oval Office in January 2005.

"CBS is being a willing accomplice to something that was meant to
disparage the president," Bobby Eberle of Talon News told Fox News
Monday night about Rather's unprofessional behavior regarding bogus
memos Rather used to slam Bush. "They look like they're supporting
the Democratic Party and promoting an agenda of their own."

Brent Bozell, director of the Media Research Center and author of
the now-prophetic book, "Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming
Meltdown of the Liberal Media," told CBN News in a July interview
that "there's a tremendous movement away, even an exodus, from the
mainstream press" because of their one-sided news coverage.

"Now, they're faced with a conundrum: "Do we continue going at
business as usual, or do we acknowledge the reality that we've lost
our audiences and try to regain them?" The evidence so far is
they'd rather go down in flames."

Echoing Bozell's concerns, Eberle added that Rather has had a
serious stranglehold on the ebb and flow of news and information at
CBS News, but now "he's been unmasked."

In fact, the American Spectator reported that Rather is nervous,
defensive and running very scared, according to one CBS News
producer, who declined to give the magazine their name: "There are
at least two people in this building who have insisted we got copies
of these memos from the Kerry campaign by way of an additional
source."

National Review's Stanley Kurtz asked: "Why did Dan Rather and CBS
News, against all expectations, impeach their own credibility to
defend the authenticity of memos that are almost certainly
forgeries? The obvious answer is that they did it to save the
faltering Kerry campaign from a final and decisive blow."

"What they're investigating is how to minimize the public relations
damage," said Townhall.com's Jay Bryant on Sept. 9. "They have only
two choices: They must either be the duper or the dupee. In other
words, either someone at CBS was in on the fraud, or they were
defrauded by the con artist who passed off the forgeries as genuine.
What did Dan Rather know, and when did he know it?"

That's probably why Rather's seemingly willing alliance with John
Kerry and the main source for the '60 Minutes II' hit piece about
Bush's National Guard record – Ben Barnes, a Bush-hating Democrat
who's the former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and
current vice chair of the Kerry campaign – is so suspicious.

What was meant to help Kerry get the upper hand on Bush, without
leaving any fingerprints, may have actually backfired – and with
good reason. Simply put, by trying to destroy Bush's moral and
political reputation in a partisan media crusade to help John Kerry,
Dan Rather may have unwittingly outed a Kerry Watergate-style
conspiracy of phony memos that were intentionally planted to
severely discredit Bush before Nov. 2 – if indeed a Kerry link to
the scandal does exist.

"You absolutely are seeing a coordinated attack by John Kerry and
his surrogates on the president," White House Press Secretary Scott
McClellan said on Sept. 9. "The polls show Senator Kerry falling
behind, and it's the same old recycled attacks that we've seen every
time the president has been up for election."

Newsmax.com reported last Tuesday that another clear signal that
John Kerry is in complete panic mode is when Kerry had asked the
Federal Election Committee for advice on how he could still raise
enough money to cover the cost of recount votes this fall.

CBS NEWS SUSPECTED OF RIGGING 2004 ELECTION FOR KERRY

In a move that was nixed two days later, on Sept. 14, Rep.
Christopher Cox, R-Calif., formally requested a congressional
investigation into "an apparent criminal conspiracy to rig the 2004
presidential election," which would have looked at how someone
purposely forged memos of specific portions of Bush's National Guard
record and had CBS News report them as fact in order to fulfill a
political agenda.

In a letter to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the
Subcommittee of Telecommunications and the Internet, Cox had called
for a probe into "the continued use by CBS News of apparently forged
documents concerning the service record of President George W. Bush
intended to unfairly damage his reputation and influence the outcome
of the 2004 presidential election."

Cox added that despite the "growing abundance of the evidence that
CBS News has aided and abetted fraud, the network has declined to
reveal the source of the disputed documents."

But according to Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, urging a
congressional investigation would have made CBS News and Dan Rather
look like victims of the federal government and Republicans in
Congress.

In effect, Rather's broadcasts have already resembled bald-faced,
nightly '527' anti-Bush attack ads for the Kerry campaign and the
"Democratic" Party, overtly designed to turn public opinion against
Bush, while coming off as unashamedly favorable to Democrats.

With Kerry's pitiable campaign mirroring nothing but a slanderously
venomous Bush hate-fest of the Left's uncontrollable rage, the media
elites are clearly in the tank for Kerry. After all, the Democrats'
talking points eventually make up the bulk of the media elite's
"news." In the long run, all Kerry cares about is politicizing
everything from the economy to our national security in his
insatiable lust to regain power, while the pro-Democrat media
protect his political opportunism by quickly rushing to his defense.

This is also why the Kerry campaign may have kept their promise of
getting even with the Swift Boat Vets, although there isn't solid
proof yet of the Kerry campaign's direct connection to the phony
memos, although new evidence may suggest otherwise.

KERRY SUPPORTER MAY BE SOURCE OF PHONY MEMOS

According to Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, the memos "bore
markings showing they had been faxed to CBS News from a Kinko's copy
shop in Abilene, to another former Guard officer who was shown the
records by the network."

Although CBS News and Dan Rather still refuse to reveal the name of
the person who faxed the phony memos, the Post reported that there
was only one Kinko's in Abilene, which is 21 miles from the Baird,
Texas, home of disgruntled former Texas National Guard officer Bill
Burkett. In fact, several news organizations have already named
Burkett as the source of the memos.

Not surprisingly, Rather has suddenly changed his story again on
this one to save face.

"If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to
break that story," Rather blathered to the Post on Sept. 15. "Any
time I'm wrong, I want to be right out front and say, 'Folks, this
is what went wrong and how it went wrong.'"

It's too little, too late for that because ingenious bloggers have
already exposed Rather for lying about the memos being originals,
when he knew all along that the document experts CBS News hired told
him and Mapes that the documents were forgeries long before Rather
gleefully paraded them on the air Sept. 8.

The only reason Rather said "I'd like to break it" was to save face
– and viewers. Sorry, Dan, the story's already been broken by the
independent media, who have long recognized that you no longer own
the monopoly on how news gets reported.

The Post added that Robert Strong, who '60 Minutes' interviewed that
night, said Rather and Mapes had shown him the copies on Sept. 5,
three days before the broadcast.

Strong told Rather and Mapes that "at least one of the documents
bore a faxed header indicating it had been sent from a Kinko's in
Abilene." So, again, Rather and Mapes already knew the memos were
forgeries, but still presented them on the air as geniune. If
Rather would have done his homework, he also should have figured out
that the paper trail had allegedly led straight to Burkett, which is
why Rather never asked him.

Rather also would have found out about Burkett's history of nervous
breakdowns. Why didn't Rather question Burkett about that? Or, why
didn't Rather just admit that Mapes herself flew to Abilene, Texas
to interview Burkett?

But the ball is now in Rather's court as to whether he has the guts
to interview Burkett to ask him point blank about the allegations
that he faces as the likely source of the bogus memos. Rather owes
it to the America public and to all of us who still believe that
Rather runs his poor excuse for a "newsroom" about as shamelessly as
Kerry runs his campaign.

Speaking of which, Kerry's egomaniacal presidential run has been the
dirtiest, sleaziest and sorriest excuse for a political campaign
since the dog days of Al Gore's attempted political larceny of the
White House in 2000.

This is because Kerry will say and do anything to get elected –
based on his flip-flops about Iraq, the economy and the unanswered
questions about his Vietnam and senatorial records. It's already
seen in Kerry's refusal to disavow the '60 Minutes' phony memo
story, as well as the Texans for Truth ads – especially since Kerry
and Edwards had hypocritically demanded Bush disavow his phantom
ties to the Swift Boat Vets. Since Kerry has flatly refused to
address the Swift Boat Vets, he continues to savagely discredit
Bush's National Guard record by employing desperate smear tactics
and using a fellow fraud, Ben Barnes (who can't even keep his own
stories straight) to do his dirty work.

According to Newsmax.com's Geoff Metcalf, it's also "significant
(and revealing) that Rather apparently feels a rabid Democrat
partisan like Ben Barnes deserves voluminous airtime, but the
non-partisan Swift Boat Vets are somehow "unworthy" of the lofty
venues of CBS."

This is the coming meltdown of a very liberal media establishment
Bozell mentioned that has already surfaced with Rather's current
implosion – and that so many media leftists like Rather, Eric
Alterman and Joe Conason, categorically deny. What generally
started with the Clinton impeachment and boiled over with Florida
2000 has increased in its intensity as media elites become more
aggressively brazen in their distortions. It's seen in the slanted
headlines, stories and polls that seek to create a false image of
Democrats, namely Kerry, especially now that these phony memos have
stared them right in the face.

RATHER'S ULTIMATE GOAL WAS TO DESTROY BUSH BEFORE NOV. 2

But the most damning part of this possible Kerry/CBS News-initiated
scandal is that Rather deliberately misled his audience into
believing something that wasn't true about Bush, by not including
those opposing the phony memos – sources which Rather deliberately
ignored: CBS News' own handwriting experts, who warned Rather not to
use them; the family of the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who
disputed the phony memos and said that Killian praised Bush as an
excellent fighter pilot; and Bush's former National Guard roommate
Dean Roome, who also vouched for Bush.

Most importantly, Rather's highly questionable source for the '60
Minutes II' "interview," Ben Barnes, has had a long history of lies,
and financial and political corruption, which Rather never saw fit
to reveal in his anti-Bush hatchet job. By all journalistic
standards and ethics, Rather is just another in a long lines of
Jayson Blairs.

But Rather and his media pals continue to indict Bush on false
charges, based on bogus information. Now, Rather is more concerned
with saving face by insanely accusing the White House of not
confirming the phony memos than telling the truth about them.

After all, the ultimate goal of Rather's deceptive '60 Minutes II'
"interview" was to inflict the most political damage on Bush's
character right before the fall election by using falsified
documents that Rather either knew were fake or was possibly conned
into believing were originals by either the DNC or Kerry campaign
operatives.

(Democrats tried damaging Bush's character in 2000, when someone
from the Gore campaign leaked Bush's already-vetted, 25-year old DUI
charge. But it was Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron who first broke
the story – much to the Left's surprise, who still live under the
delusion that Fox News somehow plays favorites with the Bush White
House, when obviously, they don't. They are fair and balanced.
Unlike CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC, who are still in bed with Bill
Clinton and the Democratic Party.)

But based on Rather's track record of deliberately slanting the news
against Republican administrations – and his Sept. 8 fluff piece
with Barnes, the former is more likely to be true, especially if it
turns out that he's actually been involved in the scandal or
protecting someone in the Kerry campaign who tried to smear Bush.

Opinionjournal.com's John Fund cited the New York Times, which
actively endorses Kerry, as reporting last February that "an unnamed
former Texas official – later revealed to be Mr. Barnes – was
telling reporters he had interceded on behalf of Mr. Bush but that
his story "was subject to change, and there were no documents to
support his claims." This is really what's at issue as Rather's
defense has been predictably unraveling.

Barnes is not only Kerry's close friend and top Kerry fund-raiser,
he also lives right next door to Kerry's multi-million dollar
Nantucket mansion. What's more, according to Newsmax.com, Barnes is
in line for a top position in (God forbid!) a possible Kerry
administration. In addition, Barnes is also connected to Texans for
Truth, the new '527' soft-money, pro-Kerry group, which has launched
a series of character assassination ads against Bush, just weeks
before the election. This is equally suspect, since it seemed to
suspiciously coincide with Rather's '60 Minutes II' interview with
the now-discredited Barnes.

This also seems to point to the fact that what Kerry sorely lacks in
personal character and integrity, he makes up for in the politics of
personal destruction in his indefatigable quest to snag his ultimate
dream job – namely with the willing help of useful idiots of the
media elite that always seem to be at his beck and call as his media
muses.

The anti-Bush group is the result of Kerry's spinelessly pathetic
response to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who have brilliantly
exposed Kerry's military and political fraudulence, of which Rather
has still refused to report and has yet to interview on '60
Minutes.' This anti-Bush cabal, ironically from Texas, was
specifically created to sway the political debate by distracting
attention away from Kerry's unanswered war crimes charges he
mercilessly leveled against over two million honorable Vietnam
veterans in 1971, without a shred of evidence – and without Dan
Rather holding Kerry accountable for his documented pro-Communist,
anti-American treason.

What's equally suspicious is this Texans for Truth, a Bush-bashing
group of supposedly former National Guard commanders and pilots,
backed by MoveOn.org, is made up of pro-Kerry Democrats that seemed
to have suddenly appeared out of thin air to launch defamatory
attacks on Bush, who's National Guard record has already been put to
rest.

BUSH RELEASED RECORDS; KERRY STILL REFUSES TO SIGN FORM 180

While Bush has willingly released all of his military records into
the public domain and ultimately fulfilled his National Guard
duties, Kerry, on the other hand, was asked to leave Vietnam after
only four months and has adamantly refused to sign a Form 180 to
release his entire military files, which would further validate the
Swift Boat Vets' well-vetted concerns about Kerry's political,
mental and emotional fitness to be president.

Besides, if military service was a requirement for the presidency,
Bill Clinton should have been disqualified, along with fellow
Vietnam draft dodger John Edwards.

Remember: In a 2001 interview with Bill O'Reilly, it was Dan Rather
who proudly proclaimed, "at core," he thought Bill Clinton was "an
honest man."

One of the many questions that needed to be asked is why the
American public never heard of Texans for Truth or the forged memos
until now, especially since they both seemed to have immediately
surfaced shortly after Kerry shook up his campaign staff by adding
former Clintonites Joe Lockhart, Mike McCurry and rabid Clinton
attack dogs James Carville and Paul Begala, who still work full-time
for CNN, which is a direct conflict of interest, since Carville and
Begala are both ad hoc advisors to John Kerry.

With Ben Barnes and Dan Rather's cozy connections to the Texas
Democratic Party in question, the other obvious questions that need
to be addressed are: What did Rather know about this new group and
the forged documents, and if he did so, for how long and why did he
sit on the story, if for no other reason than to "get" Bush before
November? – especially since CBS News had admitted to "working" on
this "story" for nearly four years, which makes this all the more
suspect, since it was politically calculated.

Besides, it's well known that articles about Bush's National Guard
service and questions surrounding the alleged and much-exaggerated
preferential treatment go back to around 1994, when Bush ran for
Texas governor against Democrat Ann Richards, who also tried to
slander Bush with conspiracy theories about Bush's National Guard
service.

It's almost as if Rather and CBS News were actually plotting to
derail Bush's 2004 re-election bid, after Bush legitimately won in
2000. After all, the day after Al Gore's bitter hostage standoff of
the Florida electorate ended, Rather spitefully told David Letterman
that Bush was "selected" and "not elected." Rather also accused
Katherine Harris of previously declaring Bush the winner "as she
sees it and decrees it."

In their calculated plan to take out Bush, this also means that
Rather and CBS News producers had already known for nearly four
years that Barnes was deliberately lying about his account of Bush's
National Guard record, especially since Rather also knew Barnes had
changed his story several times before, based on his political
ambitions.

In fact, according to Newsmax.com on Sept. 15 reported that
"evidence continues to mount that a bogus report on Bush's military
service aired last week by CBS newsman Dan Rather had a Democratic
Party pedigree – with the Democratic National Committee now touting
Rather's bogus bombshell in their latest Bush attack ad," released
Tuesday.

The questions that Rather needs to immediately answer are: Where did
you get the phony memos? Was the Kerry campaign involved? Why were
you so quick to run with this manufactured story? How did your
so-called "experts" "authenticate" the bogus memos and why didn't
you include experts and family members who disputed their veracity?

Equally important, Mr. Rather, why weren't they written in the
official military format and why is there an 18-month gap in the
timeline between the memos? Rather can no longer say he doesn't
have enough evidence to prove that the memos are phony.

Speaking of real experts that Rather never bothered to use, Joseph
M. Newcomer, Ph.D, a 25-year typography expert, told Fox News last
Tuesday night: "I am personally 100 percent sure that they are
fake." Newcomer added that the phony memos were possibly produced
around 1995.

DOCUMENT EXPERT WARNED CBS NEWS NOT TO USE PHONY MEMOS

What's more, Emily Will, a North Carolina veteran forensic document
examiner, told ABC News she immediately identified problems with the
one document CBS News hired her to analyze the weekend before
Rather's '60 Minutes II' broadcast:

"I found five significant differences in the questioned handwriting,
and I found problems with the printing itself as to whether it could
have been produced by a typewriter," Will said.

ABC News added that Will said she e-mailed CBS News producer Mary
Mapes about her concerns and strongly urged her the night before not
to use the memos:

"I told them that all the questions I was asking them on Tuesday
night, they were going to be asked by hundreds of other document
examiners on Thursday if they ran that story," Will said. "I did
not feel that they wanted to investigate it very deeply."

National Review's Jim Geraghty said last Tuesday that "this bit of
news tells us that CBS was not 'duped' onto this, that they weren't
'fooled,' but that they knew the documents were probably fake and
ran with it anyway."

But based on Rather's well-documented antipathy toward the Bush
family and all conservative Republicans, which is constantly
reflected in his slanted reporting, the only reason Rather ignored
these other experts and is now running from an internal CBS
investigation is because Rather wanted this phony memo story to be
true.

In fact, in trying to bring down Bush, Rather's apparent cover up
may be as worse as the felony crime of forgery.

As National Review's Stanley Kurtz observed: "What all this means is
that, given its audience, CBS News is no longer concerned about
preserving it reputation for fairness. On the contrary, CBS now
wants and needs to preserve its reputation for liberalism."

But it's not just that Rather's audience is as profoundly liberal in
their views as he. It's also that Rather's long history of partisan
favoritism toward the Democratic Party has completely clouded and
taken over any news judgment he may have left.

KERRY, RATHER MAY BE INVOLVED IN PHONY MEMO COVER-UP

The primary reason Rather would possibly have for stonewalling the
increasingly irrefutable evidence that the documents are indeed fake
would be for purely partisan reasons. By all accounts, Rather may
be hiding what evidence he does possess in a craven attempt to aid
Kerry, who has been in full meltdown mode, particularly in the wake
of one of the most successful GOP Conventions in U.S. presidential
history.

Bernie Goldberg, best-selling author of "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes
How the Media Distort the News" and "Arrogance: Rescuing America
from the Media Elite," told Fox News last Monday that if the source
of the phony memos actually does have a connection to the Democratic
National Committee or to the Kerry campaign, it will be the biggest
story of the year: "It not only sinks John Kerry's candidacy, but it
is 'lights out' for CBS News as we know it."

There are already new questions being raised about whether the DNC
or the Kerry campaign created the forged memos with the willing
assistance of Dan Rather and CBS News – although it isn't yet clear
whether Kerry or Rather were directly involved.

The bottom line with Kerry is that since he has found it
increasingly difficult to run on his Senate record and proven to be
extremely weak on national defense, Kerry chose to attack the
trivial discrepancies in Bush's National Guard record that have long
been settled. It's a deliberate attempt to distract attention from
Kerry's record of post-Vietnam War treason and 19-plus years of
equally treasonous, anti-military voting in the Senate.

The other obvious question is: How did Dan Rather end up with the
phony memos? Unless, of course, Rather had already established a
closed-door relationship with the Kerry campaign, which certainly
wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility:

"Any news organization that cherry picks factoids to support a
preconceived prejudice and specifically rejects any and all facts
that fail to support the prejudice can and should expect to get bit
in the butt," Metcalf said Monday.

"Regardless of whether to accept or reject the CBS spin, Rather
refuses to even attempt to offer a 'fair and balanced' view of the
story. Why? Even Democrat operatives acknowledge that if or when
the hoax is revealed, it will be a death knell for the Kerry crowd."

Mike Gallagher, a talk radio host, agreed that it's the same old,
anti-Bush witch-hunt routinely orchestrated by members of the elite
media, who sneeringly despise Bush:

"Once again, the usual suspects in the mainstream liberal press did
their hatchet job on a Republican. But this time, it looked as if
the shoddy research and questionable authenticity of the documents
that were used came back to bite them in the fanny…It looks as if
CBS blew it and, willing or not, became an accomplice to those who
desperately want to attack our president and hurt his re-election
chances."

Gallagher added that, "whether Dan Rather is willing to admit it or
not, his career has been tarnished and his reputation as a
Republican-bashing liberal journalist confirmed, at least in the
minds of millions and millions of Americans."

Now Rather and everyone else who may be directly involved in this
premeditated smear campaign against Bush is playing the blame game.

According to the Washington Times, DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe
claimed that neither his organization nor Kerry's campaign leaked
the documents to CBS News. In fact, McAuliffe even asininely
suggested that White House adviser Karl Rove was behind the memos.
McAuliffe, who called Bush "AWOL," claimed that questions about
Bush's National Guard record supposedly show his "lack of
character." Ironically, it was McAuliffe who vehemently defended
Bill Clinton's "character" during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

These are the same Kerry operatives who threatened to investigate
the Swift Boat Vets by trying to dig up dirt on them. These are
also the same individuals who are working directly with Kerry, which
would speak to Kerry's possible involvement in the falsified memos –
especially since Rather only interviewed Barnes and others who
agreed with him, while rejecting those individuals who are now
disputing Barnes' claims.

That being said, it is particularly hypocritical of Rather and his
media accomplices, as well as Kerry and the rest of the Democrats,
to immediately dismiss this controversial issue, especially since
they were the ones raising such a rancorous ruckus over the
non-existent connection between Bush and the Swift Boat Vets.
What's more, Rather, the New York Times, the Washington Post,
Salon.com and the rest of the media elites desperately tried to
discredit them without bothering to interview them. Instead, these
media elites were more interested in falsely accusing Bush of
consorting with the Swift Boat Vets, while they blindly defended
Kerry by refusing to expose him as the real liar.

Even the very liberal Slate.com and the Village Voice didn't buy
what Kerry was selling.

RATHER'S QUESTIONABLE TIES TO THE TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY

But while Barnes has already raised over $100,000 in soft money for
the Kerry campaign, Rather had been doing his part for "the cause"
when he agreed to be the keynote speaker at one of Barnes' Texas
Democratic Party fund-raisers on April 5, 2001, which Rather's
daughter, Robin, just happened to organize. According to the
Washington Post, Rather helped raise $20,000 for the Travis County
Democratic Party in Austin, Texas, where daughter Robin was also
contemplating a run for mayor.

Although Rather claimed ignorance about knowing it was a Democrat
fund-raiser, much less, knowing his own daughter was managing the
event, it begs many unanswered questions about Rather's role in
instigating the '60 Minutes' anti-Bush smear campaign, which Rather
had been anxiously pushing for several months. It also hits at the
very heart of Rather's journalistic integrity, credibility and
ability to separate his transparently leftist biases from his news
reporting, which is becoming his downfall.

It has already been widely reported that Barnes never used his
supposed influence to get Bush into the National Guard as he told
the now-disgraced Dan Rather.

In essence, Rather was so eager to try to get something on Bush that
he even blatantly ignored Barnes' own daughter, Amy Barnes Stites,
who came forth last week, saying her father, Ben Barnes, lied about
"pulling strings" to get Bush in the National Guard:

"I love my father very much, but he's doing this for purely
political reasons," Stites said when she called into the Mark Davis
Show last Thursday, with guest host Monica Crowley. "He is a big
Kerry fund-raiser and he is writing a book also. And the [Bush
story] is what he's leading the book off with…denied this to me in
2000 that he did get Bush out (of Vietnam). Now he's saying he
did."

When Crowley asked Stites if she believed her father had lied in his
interview on '60 Minutes,' she replied, "Yes, I do. I absolutely
do."

BARNES TRIES TO STOP DAUGHTER FROM EXPOSING HIS LIES

But, according to Newsmax.com, Barnes' press secretary Kane Hinton
allegedly tried to kill the interview Stites had on Sept. 10 with
Sean Hannity, after Stites told Crowley that her father had admitted
privately to her that the allegations he made against Bush were
false:

"[My father] told me in 2000 that he did not help Bush get into the
National Guard, because I asked him during the election of 2000 when
this first came out, and he said no," Stites told Hannity. "And
then in 2004, just about three months ago, he told me that he did
and that he – in fact, he was writing a book, and kind of an
autobiographical book."

Hinton even lied to get the interview by posing as Amy's "friend"
when she tried to stop Amy's interview with Hannity:

"[Hinton] called our studio saying she was a friend of Amy's,"
Hannity said. "She canceled the interview on your behalf," he told
Stites, who appeared, despite Hinton's attempted cancellation.

Moreover, Newsmax.com added that Retired Maj. Gen. Bobby Hodges,
Killian's supervisor at the Guard, said that he felt that CBS News
misled him about the documents they supposedly uncovered. According
to Hodges, CBS told him the documents were "handwritten" and after
CBS read him excerpts he said, "well if he wrote them that's what he
felt." Hodges was the source that CBS News told the Associated
Press was "the trump card" in purportedly "substantiating" Rather's
false claims.

But according to Opinionjournal.com's John Fund, Hodges, whom '60
Minutes' claimed had authenticated the memos, said that when he was
read them over the phone, he assumed they were handwritten and
"wasn't told that CBS didn't have the originals. He now says he
doesn't believe the memos are genuine."

According to Townhall.com columnist Cal Thomas, when Hodges said
they "sounded" like they were written by Killian, "CBS took that as
confirmation of their authenticity."

But CBS News, frantically scrambling to defend its hemorrhaging
defense, has since accused Hodges of changing his story.

The truth is, if Rather was really interested in seeking the truth
and getting to the bottom of the phony memos, he wouldn't have
excluded the interviews that refuted Barnes' false claims,
especially Roome's testimony, which Rather's producer had deemed to
be "pretty pro-Bush."

Rather, in a maniac effort to save his plunging credibility, is now
trying to discredit his own sources by maintaining the
"authenticity" of phony memos.

BLOGGERS DO WHAT DAN RATHER WOULDN'T: EXPOSE THE TRUTH

But, in the end, it took the alternative media in cyberspace to
finally get to the truth about the phony memos, namely bloggers at
Powerlineblog.com, Littlegreenfootballs.com and Freerepublic.com,
who immediately spotted the discrepancies between the typewriter
style and the Microsoft word-processing font style in the bogus
memos:

"What the bloggers and their audiences did was call into profound
question the authenticity of four documents proudly trumpeted by CBS
News in a much-heralded investigative report," said the New York
Post's John Podhoretz. "Liberals went wild with glee about the
story, especially after the onslaught on John Kerry's Vietnam record
by his fellow Swift-boat veterans."

National Review columnist Hugh Hewitt, who almost single-handedly
spearheaded the blogging movement, commented that bloggers, which
include Ph.D's, former military officers and other working
professionals, "have been overwhelmed with e-mails from active-duty
and retired military who scoff at the form of the memos."

Podhoretz added that leftist blogger Kevin Drum swallowed Dan
Rather's phony memo story, hook, line and sinker, adamantly
believing Rather's account:

"Drum simply assumed that the documents were above-board. So did
the New York Times and the Washington Post, both of which put the
story on its front page on Thursday," Podhoretz said.

National Review's Jim Geraghty, who writes the "Kerry Spot," warned:
"CBS had better have one heck of a defense for this."

New York Newsday's Jim Pinkerton said: "Sept. 9, 2004, will be
remembered as a paradigm-shifting day in media history. That was
the day the "blogosphere" took down CBS News."

As Ann Coulter commented regarding the gossip mills of Kitty Kelley
and others who have long been discredited for spreading vicious lies
about Bush: "[F]or the past few years it has been the Internet that
keeps dissecting and discrediting the gossip and innuendo that the
major media put out."

Is it any wonder that Dan Rather and the rest of the arrogantly
overpaid media elite openly despise the honest, independent media of
the Fox News Channel, WorldNetDaily.com and Newsmax.com, which
provides news that circumvents the filters and gatekeepers of the
leftist media?

RATHER IGNORES FAMILY MEMBERS WHO DISPUTED PHONY MEMOS

The newest revelation of CBS News and Dan Rather possessing such
phony memos and later vehemently defending their authenticity is
especially suspect since Rather had deliberately excluded two
pivotal sources from his anti-Bush hit piece (which his producer had
contacted two weeks prior to the '60 Minutes II' interview) – the
son and widow of the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who commanded Bush
and had nothing but glowing things to say about Bush when he was a
young fighter pilot.

The truth is, Bush did six years of National Guard service in five
years, which was six times longer than what Kerry served before his
early exit from Vietnam – and there are no secrets to that, as
Rather alleges.

In fact, Gary Killian, son of the late Jerry Killian, told Sean
Hannity on Sept. 10 that Dean Roome, Bush's former roommate, who was
prepared to also vouch for Bush, was suddenly cut from Rather's
segment because '60 Minutes II' producer Mary Mapes told Killian
that "we see him as pretty pro-Bush."

(Mapes is the one who sat on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal photos
for several months before eventually breaking the story, while
Rather took all the credit, which is yet another example of how
Rather seeks to openly humiliate President Bush.)

Killian and his step-mother, Marjorie Connell, are now questioning
Rather's false claims regarding the authenticity of the newly
surfaced documents – documents that Rather obviously tried to use to
humiliate Bush, while ignoring John Kerry's treasonous slander
against U.S. troops upon his return from Vietnam and his
anti-military voting record.

In fact, Connell said the memos were "a farce" and that her late
husband considered Bush an excellent fighter pilot.

According to Newsmax.com and this very revealing interview with
Hannity, Killian, who Dan Rather claimed was the author of the
memos, said it wasn't part of his dad's management style to write
such questionable memos, much less, keep anything that suspect in
his possession.

Killian and Connell had already told CBS News that the superscript
font style "th" in "187th" in the doctored memos questioning Bush's
Guard status – and whether he had a physical exam, where Dan Rather
played up the lie that Bush allegedly disobeyed a direct order –
didn't match up with the manual typewriter style used in the 1970s.

But CBS News only contacted handwriting experts – at the exclusion
of CBS News' other hired experts, who confirmed that they were
forgeries and even warned CBS News and Dan Rather not to show them
on the air.

KILLIAN'S FORMER SECRETARY CONFIRMS MEMOS ARE FAKE

Moreover, the Dallas Morning News reported that Killian's secretary,
Marian Carr Knox, who's even a professed Bush-hater and was clearly
coached by Rather in the interview to say something obviously
slanderous about Bush, said she never typed those memos and that the
memos were clearly forged:

"These are not real," she told the Morning News after examining
copies of the disputed memos for the first time. "They're not what I
typed, and I would have typed them for him."

Knox, 86, also told the Morning News that the typeface on the
documents didn't match either of the two typewriters that she used
during her time at the Texas National Guard, and identified those
machines as a mechanical Olympia, which was replaced by an IBM
Selectric in the early 1970s.

According to Dallas Morning News reporter Peter Slover, Knox, who
worked from 1957 to 1979 at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston,
said she prided herself on "meticulous typing and that the memos
first disclosed by CBS News last week were not her work":

"She said that the culture of the time was that men didn't type
office-related documents, and she expressed doubt that Lt. Col.
Killian would have typed the memos," Slover wrote. "She said she
would typically type his memos from his handwritten notes, which she
would then destroy."

Gary Killian also said his father didn't know how to type and
wouldn't have drafted such inflammatory letters, even if he did know
how to type, despite Rather's insistence that the memos came from
Killian's personal files:

"It was not the nature of my father to keep private files like this,
nor would it have been in his own interest to do so," Gary Killian
told ABC News about his dad. "We don't know where the documents
come from. They didn't come from any family member."

Connell told ABC News last Thursday that the wording of the memos
was also very suspect to her: "I just can't believe these are his
words."

Like her son, Connell added that her late husband did not type, and
though he did take notes, they were usually on scraps of paper: "He
was a person who did not take copious notes. He carried everything
in his mind."

What's more, Rather's claim that handwriting expert Marcel Matley
authenticated the signature was also debunked since Rather already
knew that Matley couldn't authenticate a copied signature, which was
also in doubt, especially since Rather and CBS News can't seem to
find the original "memo." Also, Matley only examined the
signatures, which also differed with each "document."

In addition, according to Fox News, Matley isn't even certified by
the National Board of Document Examiners, nor does he have any
experience in document analysis or training by any law enforcement
agency. This shoots yet another hole in Rather's sinking ship.

But on Sept. 11, that never stopped CBSNews.com from trying to spin
the story by claiming the memos were based on a "preponderance of
evidence," without bothering to include the Killian family's
interviews or other handwriting experts that have come forth to
dispute them.

In fact, CBS News spokeswoman Kelli Edwards flatly declined to tell
the Associated Press last Friday when asked about questions raised
by experts who examined copies of the memos. Edwards also declined
to provide the names of the other experts that CBS News consulted
who disputed the memos.

Besides, Metcalf said that not only did Bush's records indicate that
he exceeded the required number of drills of each and every year of
service, Bush even asked twice to participate in a flight program,
which would have resulted in combat duty in Vietnam but was rejected
because the Vietnam War was winding down at the time of his request.
In the end, Bush received an honorable discharge after six years of
excellent service.

TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD DIRECTOR BACKS BUSH, DEBUNKS MEMOS

The Washington Times on Sunday reported that former Texas National
Guard Director Earl W. Lively, who was there at the time Bush
served, said there wasn't any doubt in his mind that the documents
that '60 Minutes II" obtained were phony.

"They're forged as hell," Lively told the Washington Times.
"There's no way that Jerry Killian would have written what they've
come up with."

Specifically addressing Rather's phony memo story and the deceptive
way Rather and '60 Minutes' were trying to set up not only President
Bush but Jerry Killian, Lively told Fox News on Sept. 13 that he
very much resented "someone trying to put words in the mouth of a
dead man for political purposes."

Yet Rather has stood obstinately by the authenticity of the
documents that purportedly showed that Killian felt pressure from
his own superior officer, Col. Walter "Buck" Staudt, to "sugarcoat"
Bush's record.

Lively also told the Washington Times that Staudt was honorably
discharged in March 1972, which was nearly 18 months before the date
of the forged Killian memos, which is also in direct contrast to the
false claims of Rather, who offered no apology on CNN:

"Not even discussed, nor should it be," Rather said last Friday. "I
want to make clear to you, I want to make clear to you if I have not
made clear to you, that this story is true, and that more important
questions than how we got the story, which is where those who don't
like the story would like the emphasis, more important question is,
what are the answers to the questions raised in the story."

Moreover, the same order obtained by the Dallas Morning News also
had shown that "Staudt was honorably discharged on March 1, 1972.
CBS News had reported that a memo in which Staudt was described as
interfering with officers' negative evaluations of Bush's service,
was dated Aug. 18, 1973," which means Staudt wouldn't have had a say
in the matter.

Earlier, Rather also told the Morning News on Sept. 10 that "he had
heard nothing to make him question the legitimacy of the memos. He
attributed the backlash to partisan politics and competitive
journalism":

"This story is true. The questions we raised about then-Lieutenant
Bush's National Guard service are serious and legitimate," Rather
said. "Until and unless someone shows me definitive proof that they
are not, I don't see any reason to carry on a conversation with the
professional rumor mill."

"Mr. Rather, you have it completely backwards. The responsibility
is yours to get it right in the first place," said Brent Bozell,
director of the Media Research Center.

But this obviously shoots another hole in Rather's faulty claims,
since Rather knew that his CBS News producers had already
interviewed Killian's family members, who disputed the claims of the
memos, but eventually ended up on the cutting room floor.

What's more, the New York Post contacted a top CBS News official,
who refused to be identified, and asked if they knew whether John
Kerry and his campaign were behind the forged memos: "I can't answer
that question," the CBS News official said and abruptly hung up the
phone.

RATHER'S PHONY MEMO STORY MAY END CAREER OF PROPAGANDA

In his never-ending political antipathy for our commander-in-chief
and the rest of the Bush family, Rather, who wears his partisanship
on his sleeve, may have gotten in too deep to get out of this
politically motivated smear this time around. It may even signal
the end of Rather's 40-plus year career as an anti-Republican
propagandist – and a ruthlessly partisan media hack that has taken
great pleasure in slanting the news on a nightly basis without
ethical forethought or conscience, in order to further a fellow
Democrat's self-aggrandizing, political opportunistic career path,
namely John Kerry.

While Rather plays the victim in this twisted mix of media elite
arrogance and political partisanship, all signs are still appearing
to point to the Kerry campaign as the alleged source of this
anti-Bush hoax, as Rather's media friends at CNN and the New York
Times provide the spin behind the spin. It's a tale of how the ones
entrusted to deliver the story ended up becoming the story. Like
the fraudulent reporting scandals that have rocked the already shaky
foundations of CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the
Washington Post, the Boston Globe, USA Today, Reuters and the
Associated Press, Dan Rather has also proven time and again that he
can no longer be trusted to deliver the unvarnished truth about
events of global significance, since he has demonstrated to be
completely incapable of reporting the news fairly, accurately and
objectively.

Undoubtedly, the possible Kerry campaign/Dan Rather-orchestrated
assault on Bush and his National Guard record shows all the signs of
a politically motivated ambush. While revelations about CBS News'
and John Kerry's likely involvement in this anti-Bush trap are still
surfacing, Dan Rather, who has vehemently denied any willing
cooperation with Kerry operatives, isn't exactly liking the taste of
his own medicine. In fact, the 72-year old anchorman, who has been
trashing Republican administrations for 40-plus years in the form of
fabricated sources, spiked stories and slanted newscasts, squirmed
as he defended himself on the fellow Democrat-friendly CNN. During
the "interview," Rather appeared noticeably shaky and even rude in
his responses. In addition, the fact that Rather and CBS News
didn't have anything official to back up their defense of the phony
memos, smacks of journalistic impropriety.

In actuality, Rather purposely ignored the truth about the phony
memos and the Killian interviews that have already demolished
Rather's malfeasance because Rather likely knew he came across
something that would politically hurt Kerry if the truth ever got
out.

Rather, whose network was the sole media proprietor of the Abu
Ghraib prison abuse scandal photos that the entire Bush-hating media
have been obsessing over for more than five months now, was the one
who held onto the photos and unleashed them when he likely thought
they would do the most political damage to Bush. It's yet another
example of the reckless irresponsibility of arrogant media elitists,
who care more about nailing Bush than preventing the further
endangerment of our troops.

As a result of the media elite's outcry over the Abu Ghraib
brouhaha, they ironically and unjustly portrayed our troops as the
"real" enemy of freedom and the prisoners – many of whom were
suspected terrorists – as the "real" victims of a so-called
"U.S.-led aggression," which many erroneously claimed was led by
Bush and Rumsfeld.

Subsequently, terrorists in Fallujah, Iraq, ambushed four U.S.
employees and burned, mutilated, dragged and hung their bodies over
a bridge, where they openly cheered in the streets. Like the many
other scandals Rather and the rest of the media elites tried to use
to destroy Bush, this one was perhaps the deadliest, most
anti-American backlash that Rather has ever been party to creating –
and all with the overall goal of taking out Bush in November.

Only now, what Rather didn't count on in his calculated haste to
smear President Bush once again, while refusing to tell the truth
about John Kerry's Vietnam and senatorial records, is that the
smoking gun this Clinton-worshipping anchor had hoped would bring
down Bush is actually shooting blanks. The one story Rather had
hoped would sink Bush's re-election bid has become rife with
deception and malice, since the memos Rather had made the focal
point of his anti-Bush hit piece are now in question. Rather, with
all his waffling of the truth, may not be able to spin his way out
of this one.

What's more, Democratic strategist Pat Caddell even admitted to Fox
News last Friday that if the documents Rather aired are officially
confirmed to be forgeries, as alleged by some of CBS News' own
experts (of which they blatantly ignored), the presidential race "is
over" for John Kerry.

"It would be the end of the race," Caddell told Fox News Live. "It
would be the end of the race," he repeated.

FORMER CBS NEWS REPORTER CAUTIONED RATHER ABOUT BIAS

Bernie Goldberg, a former CBS News correspondent and Emmy-winning
journalist, had cautioned Dan Rather for years about the CBS News
anchor's political bias and has been sounding the alarm to the rest
of the liberal media establishment.

Goldberg, a professed liberal, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that
he has "never seen a more one-sided piece in the history of
television" regarding Rather championing the phony memos without
providing any criticism or denunciation of them.

"It was absolutely disgraceful," Goldberg said of Rather and '60
Minutes' for providing only those individuals who would back up CBS
News' position, while leaving any opposing side in the dust.

According to Newsmax.com, Goldberg called it "ironic that Dan Rather
– a journalist who helped bring President Richard Nixon down – is
now behaving like President Nixon did during Watergate."

"It's kind of sad," said Goldberg, adding that CBS is circling the
wagons, and as for Dan Rather – "he's going to hope this goes away."

As a result of Goldberg's whistle-blowing, former CBS News
colleagues have shunned him, especially Rather, who said he would
never forgive Goldberg.

RATHER CARES MORE ABOUT SINKING BUSH THAN EXPOSING KERRY

Like Kerry, Rather has backed himself into a corner and is finding
it extremely difficult to tell the truth since he's been so used to
spinning it for so many years. In a Michael Moore-like move, Rather
has deliberately fudged with the facts to try to give John Kerry a
political advantage over Bush. But like Kerry, Rather seems to care
little about the truth, especially if it favors President Bush.

It also seems that Rather and Kerry are more concerned with what
Bush did over 30 years ago in flight school than what 19 homicidal
maniacs did with four planes on Sept. 11.

It's reminiscent of pre-9/11, during the Clinton impeachment trial,
when the media elites were too obsessed with running damage control
for Bill Clinton to pay any attention to the bigger picture of known
terror cells already existing in the U.S. during the mid- to late
1990s. Clinton had made this nation so weak through his own lusts
and ignoring of the warning signs of the imminent danger of
terrorism. Democrats like John Kerry, John Edwards, Al Gore and Ted
Kennedy had weakened our military through intelligence and defense
cuts and were too concerned about racial profiling too enforce the
Reagan-imposed airport security measures that could have thwarted
9/11.

Today, the media elites, in their attempt to bring down President
Bush out of revenge for the Clinton impeachment and Florida 2000,
are unwittingly trying to weaken our resolve around the world and
put our troops at greater risk. Although the strong moral character
of George W. Bush will never fall prey to the weaknesses of Bill
Clinton that left this country vulnerable to the six terrorist
attacks throughout the 1990s and into 2000, the media elites are
still waiting with baited breath to find a crack in Bush's moral
armor.

John Kerry has neither the character nor the backbone to take the
reins of Bush's moral resolve in fighting global terrorism. What's
more, Kerry's ever-changing positions and indecisiveness would leave
our country extremely vulnerable to the terrorist attacks of the
1990s, and would likely continue the Left's lull of the pre-9/11
mentality of Bill Clinton: That terrorism is a domestic issue and
should be handed over to the next presidential administration, which
is exactly what Clinton did when he left Bush to inherit both an
economic recession and the backlash of terrorism caused by Clinton's
moral and political impotence.

Therefore, Dick Cheney has been vindicated for the accurate
observation he made in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 8 about Kerry
making this country susceptible to terrorist attacks, to which the
media elites had a conniption fit. It's because they care more
about ridding the world of the Bush administration than they do
about ridding the world of terrorism and telling the truth about the
moral weakness and ineptitude of John Kerry.

Yet, while the leftist media lashed out at Cheney for his correct
comments (based on Kerry's weak military voting record, as Zell
Miller masterfully spelled out at the GOP Convention), the media
elites heralded Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin when he called Bush "a liar"
and blatantly ignored the fact that Harkin lied about serving in
Vietnam.

The fact is, the Kerry campaign is getting so desperate to have John
Kerry respond to each and every comment Bush makes between now and
the election that they may be trying to cover their tracks regarding
the phony memos by launching new attack ads this week, which are
aimed at further discrediting Bush's National Guard service. It's
the reason the Kerry campaign, in their newest sophomoric and
asininely vicious attack campaign "Operation Fortunate Son," is
further disparaging Bush's Guard service – since Kerry can't run on
his record and completely relies on smear tactics to try to get
ahead of Bush.

(The Kerry campaign, proving again that they can't come up with
anything original and has to steal to get what they want, pilfered
the title from a book called "Fortunate Son," whose author is a
convicted felon with discredited stories of Bush's alleged drug
use.)

In essence, it already appears that Rather's friends in the press
are helping him out by continuing to slant the headlines against
Bush (MSNBC.com, Sept. 16):


2 Americans kidnapped in Iraq
U.S. intel pessimistic on Iraq
Annan says Iraq was illegal

(Another crucial side note: Annan is involved in the U.N. Oil for
Food Scandal that helped finance Saddam Hussein's terror networks.
About an hour later, MSNBC.com put quotes around the word 'illegal,'
probably in case anyone accuses them of bias.)

In effect, with the memo-obsessed media elite's pounding of Donald
Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft for their so-called "secret" memos, it's
hypocritical for them to flatly ignore these phony memos that not
only may implicate Dan Rather and CBS News, but also John Kerry and
his ephemeral campaign.

Besides, in his recent '60 Minutes' interview with Kerry, Rather
never asked him about his anti-American conduct; his secret meeting
with North Vietnamese communist leaders; marching with Viet Cong
communists as he scoffed at the flag and the U.S.; his words and
picture being enshrined in the Vietnamese Communist Museum in
Saigon; his 1971 Senate testimony that was used as anti-American
propaganda in torturing U.S. POWs; or why he slandered his comrades
with war crime atrocity allegations, where he called them
"monsters," "baby killers," "rapists" and "pillagers," in "the
fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan" that Kerry himself had admitted
to committing.

The bottom line is the leftist media refuse to see John Kerry as a
traitor to this country. As Kerry continues to re-write the Vietnam
War, there are Vietnam veterans who remember Kerry's treason and
seek to right the wrongs that Kerry continues to perpetrate on them.
But Rather, who was more polite to Saddam Hussein – than he's ever
been to any Republican – when he went to Baghdad in February 2002 to
embarrass Bush by kissing up to the murderous dictator, will
continue to spin this sordid phony memo story in Kerry's favor.

Rather knows he's been caught and now he's squirming in his anchor
chair.

KERRY MAY BE WORSE THAN GORE AT DIRTY ELECTION TRICKS

Like Al Gore, who proclaimed during his 36-day heist of the Florida
electorate: "I am not like George Bush. If he wins or loses, life
goes on. I'll do anything to win," John Kerry is not about to sit
back and let Bush rightfully win. Because Kerry has made the White
House his ultimate career goal, Kerry may be even worse than Gore,
if that's possible. Kerry will likely squash anyone that gets in
his way, as he's doing this very moment.

The way Kerry is reacting right now to his own record being laid
bare for all to see is proof enough that he is unfit to command.
It's because the media elites haven't done their jobs that the
independent media are gaining in prominence and exposing Kerry.

Opinionjournal.com's James Taranto observed on Sept. 13 that there's
"no way of knowing who CBS's source is, but it's certainly a matter
of great public interest if the Kerry campaign or the Democratic
National Committee has perpetrated a fraud, especially one so
shockingly incompetent."

With the top attack dogs in the leftist media willingly turning into
John Kerry's personal lapdogs, we no longer have to wonder which
side they're on.

But Rather isn't the only one blatantly campaigning for Kerry via
his evening "skews" program. From Chris Matthews' pro-Kerry
meltdowns and the New York Times' Democrat-friendly diatribes to
Aaron Brown's childish invectives, the Left's media allies are
pulling out all the stops in their across-the-board defense of John
Kerry, who has reduced his entire campaign to name-calling sessions,
rhetorical rants and asinine tirades.

But while many of us on the Right know the mainstream media are
collectively biased, there are still a lot of great reporters within
these organizations who value their credibility and will hopefully
expose this likely Democrat-fueled scandal.

RATHER STILL STANDS BY PHONY MEMOS, LASHES OUT AT BLOGGERS

Back in 2000, when Rather could have cared less about hanging chads
and more about trying to pin the Al Gore-initiated election fiasco
on Bush, Rather is now doing the opposite with this CBS News debacle
that has all the earmarks of an orchestrated, Clintonite-bloated
Kerry campaign trick. Seeing that Rather also ignored the story of
former Clintonite Sandy Berger, who stole classified documents from
the National Archives, which is a felony, it's no surprise that
Rather is secretly hoping his fake Bush story sticks.

With false accusations still coming from the Left about Bush
supposedly being dishonest about Iraq, it appears the Democrats and
their willing accomplices in the media are the ones with egg on
their faces. If Dan Rather does not come forward and tell the
truth, this Democrat-created scandal could very well be John Kerry's
Watergate and all the damage control Rather can muster won't be able
to save Kerry nor him. Rather, in the end, may be getting a dose of
his own medicine after years of deceptive reporting.

It's certainly not the first time Rather has aided and abetted a
prominent Democrat: In his June interview with Bill Clinton, Rather
allowed Clinton to lie his way out of how he allowed Osama bin Laden
to slip through his fingers on at least three occasions. While the
facts are still surfacing about the phony memos, thanks to an alert
blogosphere and other independent media that are doing the job that
media leftists like Rather have refused to do, Rather's close media
confidants are taking up the slack by fiercely defending him.

As a result, Rather has been vehemently defending himself, lashing
out at the bloggers, which former CBS News executive Jonathan Klein
arrogantly labeled as the average "guy sitting in his living room in
their pajamas writing."

Well, pajamas or no pajamas, they exposed Rather's fraudulence and
are to be congratulated. Too bad they don't have Rather's $8
million-per-year salary. If it takes guys in their pajamas to
expose the fraudulence of one of the so-called most "respected"
"journalists" in the news business, what does that say about the
current liberal media establishment? Like John Kerry, they so
arrogant and beyond reproach that they don't want to be held
accountable and choose to hide behind their "institutions"?

After all, over the course of just a few days, we've seen Rather
looking more and more guilty of being a possible Kerry
co-conspirator in a Watergate-style scandal that is likely to sink
the Kerry campaign and find Rather starting his retirement a little
earlier than planned. The result of this media dereliction is
exactly why the mainstream media find themselves in their present
quandary – and why the independent media are increasingly exposing
these media useful idiots as the same liars and phonies they seek to
protect.

As Kerry continues to self-destruct and the media elites provide him
with endless damage control, look for President Bush to wipe the
floor with John Kerry during the upcoming debates. Like Rather,
Kerry will continue to be exposed for a fraud before Nov. 2.

Last Friday, Rather still tried to defend his fraudulence by
borrowing Hillary Clinton's tactic of blaming her and her husband's
dishonesty on a "vast right-wing conspiracy" she coined during the
Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment hearings:

"Today, on the Internet and elsewhere, some people, including many
who are partisan political operatives, concentrated not on the key
questions of the overall story, but on the documents that were part
of the support of the story," Rather blathered.

"So it doesn't matter if the "memos" are a fraud?" asked Media
Research Center director Brent Bozell.

What Rather fails to grasp is that he's the very one who refuses to
concentrate on the key questions of the story, which are: Why did
you avoid the other sources and handwriting experts who openly
disputed the memos and why can't you be honest about it?

The truth is, there is no story within the Bush memos since the
memos are phony – and since Bush's National Guard record was settled
years ago. The real story is that Rather has now become the real
story – and the story behind the story. But, like Kerry, Rather's
too arrogant to admit when he's wrong.

What's missing at CBS News are the Edward R. Murrows of the news
business, who didn't sit before the TelePrompTer looking through it
with their political agenda as the lens, but who actually cared
about digging for and reporting the truth, no matter which side of
the political aisle they sat on in those days.

As Rather signs off each week night, saying "And that's just part of
our world," he's got that right because viewers don't even get the
whole story in Dan's part of the world.

For more uncensored news and information about this growing
controversy, visit www.rathergate.com and www.ratherbiased.com.

© 2004 Doug Schmitz. All Rights Reserved.

Doug Schmitz is a conservative columnist who holds a master's degree
in journalism. He's a regular contributor to Etherzone.com,
BushCountry.org and MichNews.com, and has been a guest columnist for
Accuracy in Media (www.aim.org), a watchdog group for the liberal
media. © 2004 Doug Schmitz. All Rights Reserved.

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"I am quite sure no commercial jet hit the Pentagon."

--Commie conspiracy nutjob Brian Zepp Jamieson, May 11, 2004

"That actually makes more sense than the claim that
a large commercial aircraft, moving at cruising
speed at an altitude of ten feet, struck that
building. And the hole's about the right size."

--Commie FatBoy Brian Zepp Jamieson, May 12, 2004

"Barbara Olsen is still dead? Oh, good!"

--subhuman commie scumbag Brian Zepp Jamieson, July 22, 2004

"I don't have a theory as to what happened to Flight 77. But I'm
convinced it did not strike the Pentagon."

--Mental midget and loyal commie Brian Zepp Jamieson, July 26, 2004
a***@spankrightwing.com
2004-09-19 21:35:57 UTC
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Post by MikeSoja
CBS NEWS SUSPECTED OF RIGGING 2004 ELECTION FOR KERRY
Suspected by whom?

You and a motley crew of righting fuckwits?
Post by MikeSoja
=========================================================
After being told by an aide; "America is under attack", George
Bush, (supposed protector of America/leader) sat in a silent stupor
for 7 minutes, frozen like a deer in a cars headlights. Sources say that
it was more like 26 minutes because after he left the "kiddies"
he had no idea what to do.
zepp
2004-09-19 22:02:27 UTC
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Post by MikeSoja
CBS NEWS SUSPECTED OF RIGGING 2004 ELECTION FOR KERRY
Suspected by whom?
You and a motley crew of righting fuckwits?
Bet that was another one of sistah soja's jack-off treasies from
either Conservative Nazis Studios or Men's Underwear Daily.
Post by a***@spankrightwing.com
Post by MikeSoja
=========================================================
After being told by an aide; "America is under attack", George
Bush, (supposed protector of America/leader) sat in a silent stupor
for 7 minutes, frozen like a deer in a cars headlights. Sources say that
it was more like 26 minutes because after he left the "kiddies"
he had no idea what to do.
-
"It struck me as I was speaking to people in Bangor, Maine,
that this president sees America as we think about a 10-year-old
child," -- Andrew Card, ranking member of the West Wing

"I don't think any other company, while much larger threats than Iraq,
are/were as great of a potential threat as Iraq."
-- David W. Poole, explaining why America attacked Iraq
This confirms that all our right wing folks who made all kinds of
individualistic and anti-government grunts and honks during the 90s really
just want a government that is a cross between Jehovah and daddy.


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Pay your taxes so the rich don't have to.
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Post by zepp
Bet that was another one of sistah soja's jack-off treasies from
either Conservative Nazis Studios or Men's Underwear Daily.
http://michnews.com/artman/publish/article_5157.shtml

Dan Rather's suspicious alliance with the Kerry campaign

By Doug Schmitz
Sep 17, 2004

COLUMNIST'S NOTE: The following is an in-depth analysis of Dan
Rather's current imbroglio that will delve into journalistic fraud
and media arrogance. It's a look at how media elites like Rather
are rapidly coming to the end of the road in their highly paid
careers of shamelessly slanting the news, in their politically
motivated attempts to destroy President Bush by influencing the 2004
election for John Kerry.

In fact, in the past year alone, we've witnessed the willing
assistance of a partisan media who have gone straight in the tank
for Sen. Kerry, as he displays the desperate acts of a very
desperate man, who's trying to use whatever means possible – legal
or otherwise – to usurp the will of all of us who believe that the
best thing we can do for our country, our troops and our national
security is to re-elect President George W. Bush.

Faced with plummeting ratings, a dossier of past credibility
problems and a long overdue retirement set for next spring, CBS
Evening News anchor Dan Rather must have thought he could silently
exit his coveted anchor chair with one last smear against President
Bush before the 2004 election, instead of leaving his $8
million-per-year, anti-Republican post with a vestige of
journalistic integrity.

But when desperate times call for desperate measures, especially
with an embittered John Kerry slipping in the polls and running all
over the map on Iraq and the economy, no one knows how to spike a
news story that coddles Democrats and slanders Republicans quite
like Dan Rather, the Don of the media elites – and one of Kerry's
most loyal media allies.

As Mark Steyn observed in the Chicago Sun-Times about Rather and
other media leftists trying to destroy Bush before the fall
election, while unashamedly campaigning for Kerry, "Big Media are
trashing their reputations in service to a man who can never win."

With the Left still seething over President Bush's rising poll
numbers and unwavering character, the media elites are still pulling
for John Kerry as he frantically grasps at any available straw in
his reckless bid to hijack the White House at any cost. The simple
fact that Rather resurrected the Bush National Guard story for the
fourth time on what has become the top venue for Bush-haters, '60
Minutes,' is a clear sign that Rather and the rest of the
Clinton-loving media are absolutely panic-stricken about doing
whatever they can to get Kerry in the Oval Office in January 2005.

"CBS is being a willing accomplice to something that was meant to
disparage the president," Bobby Eberle of Talon News told Fox News
Monday night about Rather's unprofessional behavior regarding bogus
memos Rather used to slam Bush. "They look like they're supporting
the Democratic Party and promoting an agenda of their own."

Brent Bozell, director of the Media Research Center and author of
the now-prophetic book, "Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming
Meltdown of the Liberal Media," told CBN News in a July interview
that "there's a tremendous movement away, even an exodus, from the
mainstream press" because of their one-sided news coverage.

"Now, they're faced with a conundrum: "Do we continue going at
business as usual, or do we acknowledge the reality that we've lost
our audiences and try to regain them?" The evidence so far is
they'd rather go down in flames."

Echoing Bozell's concerns, Eberle added that Rather has had a
serious stranglehold on the ebb and flow of news and information at
CBS News, but now "he's been unmasked."

In fact, the American Spectator reported that Rather is nervous,
defensive and running very scared, according to one CBS News
producer, who declined to give the magazine their name: "There are
at least two people in this building who have insisted we got copies
of these memos from the Kerry campaign by way of an additional
source."

National Review's Stanley Kurtz asked: "Why did Dan Rather and CBS
News, against all expectations, impeach their own credibility to
defend the authenticity of memos that are almost certainly
forgeries? The obvious answer is that they did it to save the
faltering Kerry campaign from a final and decisive blow."

"What they're investigating is how to minimize the public relations
damage," said Townhall.com's Jay Bryant on Sept. 9. "They have only
two choices: They must either be the duper or the dupee. In other
words, either someone at CBS was in on the fraud, or they were
defrauded by the con artist who passed off the forgeries as genuine.
What did Dan Rather know, and when did he know it?"

That's probably why Rather's seemingly willing alliance with John
Kerry and the main source for the '60 Minutes II' hit piece about
Bush's National Guard record – Ben Barnes, a Bush-hating Democrat
who's the former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and
current vice chair of the Kerry campaign – is so suspicious.

What was meant to help Kerry get the upper hand on Bush, without
leaving any fingerprints, may have actually backfired – and with
good reason. Simply put, by trying to destroy Bush's moral and
political reputation in a partisan media crusade to help John Kerry,
Dan Rather may have unwittingly outed a Kerry Watergate-style
conspiracy of phony memos that were intentionally planted to
severely discredit Bush before Nov. 2 – if indeed a Kerry link to
the scandal does exist.

"You absolutely are seeing a coordinated attack by John Kerry and
his surrogates on the president," White House Press Secretary Scott
McClellan said on Sept. 9. "The polls show Senator Kerry falling
behind, and it's the same old recycled attacks that we've seen every
time the president has been up for election."

Newsmax.com reported last Tuesday that another clear signal that
John Kerry is in complete panic mode is when Kerry had asked the
Federal Election Committee for advice on how he could still raise
enough money to cover the cost of recount votes this fall.

CBS NEWS SUSPECTED OF RIGGING 2004 ELECTION FOR KERRY

In a move that was nixed two days later, on Sept. 14, Rep.
Christopher Cox, R-Calif., formally requested a congressional
investigation into "an apparent criminal conspiracy to rig the 2004
presidential election," which would have looked at how someone
purposely forged memos of specific portions of Bush's National Guard
record and had CBS News report them as fact in order to fulfill a
political agenda.

In a letter to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the
Subcommittee of Telecommunications and the Internet, Cox had called
for a probe into "the continued use by CBS News of apparently forged
documents concerning the service record of President George W. Bush
intended to unfairly damage his reputation and influence the outcome
of the 2004 presidential election."

Cox added that despite the "growing abundance of the evidence that
CBS News has aided and abetted fraud, the network has declined to
reveal the source of the disputed documents."

But according to Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, urging a
congressional investigation would have made CBS News and Dan Rather
look like victims of the federal government and Republicans in
Congress.

In effect, Rather's broadcasts have already resembled bald-faced,
nightly '527' anti-Bush attack ads for the Kerry campaign and the
"Democratic" Party, overtly designed to turn public opinion against
Bush, while coming off as unashamedly favorable to Democrats.

With Kerry's pitiable campaign mirroring nothing but a slanderously
venomous Bush hate-fest of the Left's uncontrollable rage, the media
elites are clearly in the tank for Kerry. After all, the Democrats'
talking points eventually make up the bulk of the media elite's
"news." In the long run, all Kerry cares about is politicizing
everything from the economy to our national security in his
insatiable lust to regain power, while the pro-Democrat media
protect his political opportunism by quickly rushing to his defense.

This is also why the Kerry campaign may have kept their promise of
getting even with the Swift Boat Vets, although there isn't solid
proof yet of the Kerry campaign's direct connection to the phony
memos, although new evidence may suggest otherwise.

KERRY SUPPORTER MAY BE SOURCE OF PHONY MEMOS

According to Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, the memos "bore
markings showing they had been faxed to CBS News from a Kinko's copy
shop in Abilene, to another former Guard officer who was shown the
records by the network."

Although CBS News and Dan Rather still refuse to reveal the name of
the person who faxed the phony memos, the Post reported that there
was only one Kinko's in Abilene, which is 21 miles from the Baird,
Texas, home of disgruntled former Texas National Guard officer Bill
Burkett. In fact, several news organizations have already named
Burkett as the source of the memos.

Not surprisingly, Rather has suddenly changed his story again on
this one to save face.

"If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to
break that story," Rather blathered to the Post on Sept. 15. "Any
time I'm wrong, I want to be right out front and say, 'Folks, this
is what went wrong and how it went wrong.'"

It's too little, too late for that because ingenious bloggers have
already exposed Rather for lying about the memos being originals,
when he knew all along that the document experts CBS News hired told
him and Mapes that the documents were forgeries long before Rather
gleefully paraded them on the air Sept. 8.

The only reason Rather said "I'd like to break it" was to save face
– and viewers. Sorry, Dan, the story's already been broken by the
independent media, who have long recognized that you no longer own
the monopoly on how news gets reported.

The Post added that Robert Strong, who '60 Minutes' interviewed that
night, said Rather and Mapes had shown him the copies on Sept. 5,
three days before the broadcast.

Strong told Rather and Mapes that "at least one of the documents
bore a faxed header indicating it had been sent from a Kinko's in
Abilene." So, again, Rather and Mapes already knew the memos were
forgeries, but still presented them on the air as geniune. If
Rather would have done his homework, he also should have figured out
that the paper trail had allegedly led straight to Burkett, which is
why Rather never asked him.

Rather also would have found out about Burkett's history of nervous
breakdowns. Why didn't Rather question Burkett about that? Or, why
didn't Rather just admit that Mapes herself flew to Abilene, Texas
to interview Burkett?

But the ball is now in Rather's court as to whether he has the guts
to interview Burkett to ask him point blank about the allegations
that he faces as the likely source of the bogus memos. Rather owes
it to the America public and to all of us who still believe that
Rather runs his poor excuse for a "newsroom" about as shamelessly as
Kerry runs his campaign.

Speaking of which, Kerry's egomaniacal presidential run has been the
dirtiest, sleaziest and sorriest excuse for a political campaign
since the dog days of Al Gore's attempted political larceny of the
White House in 2000.

This is because Kerry will say and do anything to get elected –
based on his flip-flops about Iraq, the economy and the unanswered
questions about his Vietnam and senatorial records. It's already
seen in Kerry's refusal to disavow the '60 Minutes' phony memo
story, as well as the Texans for Truth ads – especially since Kerry
and Edwards had hypocritically demanded Bush disavow his phantom
ties to the Swift Boat Vets. Since Kerry has flatly refused to
address the Swift Boat Vets, he continues to savagely discredit
Bush's National Guard record by employing desperate smear tactics
and using a fellow fraud, Ben Barnes (who can't even keep his own
stories straight) to do his dirty work.

According to Newsmax.com's Geoff Metcalf, it's also "significant
(and revealing) that Rather apparently feels a rabid Democrat
partisan like Ben Barnes deserves voluminous airtime, but the
non-partisan Swift Boat Vets are somehow "unworthy" of the lofty
venues of CBS."

This is the coming meltdown of a very liberal media establishment
Bozell mentioned that has already surfaced with Rather's current
implosion – and that so many media leftists like Rather, Eric
Alterman and Joe Conason, categorically deny. What generally
started with the Clinton impeachment and boiled over with Florida
2000 has increased in its intensity as media elites become more
aggressively brazen in their distortions. It's seen in the slanted
headlines, stories and polls that seek to create a false image of
Democrats, namely Kerry, especially now that these phony memos have
stared them right in the face.

RATHER'S ULTIMATE GOAL WAS TO DESTROY BUSH BEFORE NOV. 2

But the most damning part of this possible Kerry/CBS News-initiated
scandal is that Rather deliberately misled his audience into
believing something that wasn't true about Bush, by not including
those opposing the phony memos – sources which Rather deliberately
ignored: CBS News' own handwriting experts, who warned Rather not to
use them; the family of the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who
disputed the phony memos and said that Killian praised Bush as an
excellent fighter pilot; and Bush's former National Guard roommate
Dean Roome, who also vouched for Bush.

Most importantly, Rather's highly questionable source for the '60
Minutes II' "interview," Ben Barnes, has had a long history of lies,
and financial and political corruption, which Rather never saw fit
to reveal in his anti-Bush hatchet job. By all journalistic
standards and ethics, Rather is just another in a long lines of
Jayson Blairs.

But Rather and his media pals continue to indict Bush on false
charges, based on bogus information. Now, Rather is more concerned
with saving face by insanely accusing the White House of not
confirming the phony memos than telling the truth about them.

After all, the ultimate goal of Rather's deceptive '60 Minutes II'
"interview" was to inflict the most political damage on Bush's
character right before the fall election by using falsified
documents that Rather either knew were fake or was possibly conned
into believing were originals by either the DNC or Kerry campaign
operatives.

(Democrats tried damaging Bush's character in 2000, when someone
from the Gore campaign leaked Bush's already-vetted, 25-year old DUI
charge. But it was Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron who first broke
the story – much to the Left's surprise, who still live under the
delusion that Fox News somehow plays favorites with the Bush White
House, when obviously, they don't. They are fair and balanced.
Unlike CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC, who are still in bed with Bill
Clinton and the Democratic Party.)

But based on Rather's track record of deliberately slanting the news
against Republican administrations – and his Sept. 8 fluff piece
with Barnes, the former is more likely to be true, especially if it
turns out that he's actually been involved in the scandal or
protecting someone in the Kerry campaign who tried to smear Bush.

Opinionjournal.com's John Fund cited the New York Times, which
actively endorses Kerry, as reporting last February that "an unnamed
former Texas official – later revealed to be Mr. Barnes – was
telling reporters he had interceded on behalf of Mr. Bush but that
his story "was subject to change, and there were no documents to
support his claims." This is really what's at issue as Rather's
defense has been predictably unraveling.

Barnes is not only Kerry's close friend and top Kerry fund-raiser,
he also lives right next door to Kerry's multi-million dollar
Nantucket mansion. What's more, according to Newsmax.com, Barnes is
in line for a top position in (God forbid!) a possible Kerry
administration. In addition, Barnes is also connected to Texans for
Truth, the new '527' soft-money, pro-Kerry group, which has launched
a series of character assassination ads against Bush, just weeks
before the election. This is equally suspect, since it seemed to
suspiciously coincide with Rather's '60 Minutes II' interview with
the now-discredited Barnes.

This also seems to point to the fact that what Kerry sorely lacks in
personal character and integrity, he makes up for in the politics of
personal destruction in his indefatigable quest to snag his ultimate
dream job – namely with the willing help of useful idiots of the
media elite that always seem to be at his beck and call as his media
muses.

The anti-Bush group is the result of Kerry's spinelessly pathetic
response to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who have brilliantly
exposed Kerry's military and political fraudulence, of which Rather
has still refused to report and has yet to interview on '60
Minutes.' This anti-Bush cabal, ironically from Texas, was
specifically created to sway the political debate by distracting
attention away from Kerry's unanswered war crimes charges he
mercilessly leveled against over two million honorable Vietnam
veterans in 1971, without a shred of evidence – and without Dan
Rather holding Kerry accountable for his documented pro-Communist,
anti-American treason.

What's equally suspicious is this Texans for Truth, a Bush-bashing
group of supposedly former National Guard commanders and pilots,
backed by MoveOn.org, is made up of pro-Kerry Democrats that seemed
to have suddenly appeared out of thin air to launch defamatory
attacks on Bush, who's National Guard record has already been put to
rest.

BUSH RELEASED RECORDS; KERRY STILL REFUSES TO SIGN FORM 180

While Bush has willingly released all of his military records into
the public domain and ultimately fulfilled his National Guard
duties, Kerry, on the other hand, was asked to leave Vietnam after
only four months and has adamantly refused to sign a Form 180 to
release his entire military files, which would further validate the
Swift Boat Vets' well-vetted concerns about Kerry's political,
mental and emotional fitness to be president.

Besides, if military service was a requirement for the presidency,
Bill Clinton should have been disqualified, along with fellow
Vietnam draft dodger John Edwards.

Remember: In a 2001 interview with Bill O'Reilly, it was Dan Rather
who proudly proclaimed, "at core," he thought Bill Clinton was "an
honest man."

One of the many questions that needed to be asked is why the
American public never heard of Texans for Truth or the forged memos
until now, especially since they both seemed to have immediately
surfaced shortly after Kerry shook up his campaign staff by adding
former Clintonites Joe Lockhart, Mike McCurry and rabid Clinton
attack dogs James Carville and Paul Begala, who still work full-time
for CNN, which is a direct conflict of interest, since Carville and
Begala are both ad hoc advisors to John Kerry.

With Ben Barnes and Dan Rather's cozy connections to the Texas
Democratic Party in question, the other obvious questions that need
to be addressed are: What did Rather know about this new group and
the forged documents, and if he did so, for how long and why did he
sit on the story, if for no other reason than to "get" Bush before
November? – especially since CBS News had admitted to "working" on
this "story" for nearly four years, which makes this all the more
suspect, since it was politically calculated.

Besides, it's well known that articles about Bush's National Guard
service and questions surrounding the alleged and much-exaggerated
preferential treatment go back to around 1994, when Bush ran for
Texas governor against Democrat Ann Richards, who also tried to
slander Bush with conspiracy theories about Bush's National Guard
service.

It's almost as if Rather and CBS News were actually plotting to
derail Bush's 2004 re-election bid, after Bush legitimately won in
2000. After all, the day after Al Gore's bitter hostage standoff of
the Florida electorate ended, Rather spitefully told David Letterman
that Bush was "selected" and "not elected." Rather also accused
Katherine Harris of previously declaring Bush the winner "as she
sees it and decrees it."

In their calculated plan to take out Bush, this also means that
Rather and CBS News producers had already known for nearly four
years that Barnes was deliberately lying about his account of Bush's
National Guard record, especially since Rather also knew Barnes had
changed his story several times before, based on his political
ambitions.

In fact, according to Newsmax.com on Sept. 15 reported that
"evidence continues to mount that a bogus report on Bush's military
service aired last week by CBS newsman Dan Rather had a Democratic
Party pedigree – with the Democratic National Committee now touting
Rather's bogus bombshell in their latest Bush attack ad," released
Tuesday.

The questions that Rather needs to immediately answer are: Where did
you get the phony memos? Was the Kerry campaign involved? Why were
you so quick to run with this manufactured story? How did your
so-called "experts" "authenticate" the bogus memos and why didn't
you include experts and family members who disputed their veracity?

Equally important, Mr. Rather, why weren't they written in the
official military format and why is there an 18-month gap in the
timeline between the memos? Rather can no longer say he doesn't
have enough evidence to prove that the memos are phony.

Speaking of real experts that Rather never bothered to use, Joseph
M. Newcomer, Ph.D, a 25-year typography expert, told Fox News last
Tuesday night: "I am personally 100 percent sure that they are
fake." Newcomer added that the phony memos were possibly produced
around 1995.

DOCUMENT EXPERT WARNED CBS NEWS NOT TO USE PHONY MEMOS

What's more, Emily Will, a North Carolina veteran forensic document
examiner, told ABC News she immediately identified problems with the
one document CBS News hired her to analyze the weekend before
Rather's '60 Minutes II' broadcast:

"I found five significant differences in the questioned handwriting,
and I found problems with the printing itself as to whether it could
have been produced by a typewriter," Will said.

ABC News added that Will said she e-mailed CBS News producer Mary
Mapes about her concerns and strongly urged her the night before not
to use the memos:

"I told them that all the questions I was asking them on Tuesday
night, they were going to be asked by hundreds of other document
examiners on Thursday if they ran that story," Will said. "I did
not feel that they wanted to investigate it very deeply."

National Review's Jim Geraghty said last Tuesday that "this bit of
news tells us that CBS was not 'duped' onto this, that they weren't
'fooled,' but that they knew the documents were probably fake and
ran with it anyway."

But based on Rather's well-documented antipathy toward the Bush
family and all conservative Republicans, which is constantly
reflected in his slanted reporting, the only reason Rather ignored
these other experts and is now running from an internal CBS
investigation is because Rather wanted this phony memo story to be
true.

In fact, in trying to bring down Bush, Rather's apparent cover up
may be as worse as the felony crime of forgery.

As National Review's Stanley Kurtz observed: "What all this means is
that, given its audience, CBS News is no longer concerned about
preserving it reputation for fairness. On the contrary, CBS now
wants and needs to preserve its reputation for liberalism."

But it's not just that Rather's audience is as profoundly liberal in
their views as he. It's also that Rather's long history of partisan
favoritism toward the Democratic Party has completely clouded and
taken over any news judgment he may have left.

KERRY, RATHER MAY BE INVOLVED IN PHONY MEMO COVER-UP

The primary reason Rather would possibly have for stonewalling the
increasingly irrefutable evidence that the documents are indeed fake
would be for purely partisan reasons. By all accounts, Rather may
be hiding what evidence he does possess in a craven attempt to aid
Kerry, who has been in full meltdown mode, particularly in the wake
of one of the most successful GOP Conventions in U.S. presidential
history.

Bernie Goldberg, best-selling author of "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes
How the Media Distort the News" and "Arrogance: Rescuing America
from the Media Elite," told Fox News last Monday that if the source
of the phony memos actually does have a connection to the Democratic
National Committee or to the Kerry campaign, it will be the biggest
story of the year: "It not only sinks John Kerry's candidacy, but it
is 'lights out' for CBS News as we know it."

There are already new questions being raised about whether the DNC
or the Kerry campaign created the forged memos with the willing
assistance of Dan Rather and CBS News – although it isn't yet clear
whether Kerry or Rather were directly involved.

The bottom line with Kerry is that since he has found it
increasingly difficult to run on his Senate record and proven to be
extremely weak on national defense, Kerry chose to attack the
trivial discrepancies in Bush's National Guard record that have long
been settled. It's a deliberate attempt to distract attention from
Kerry's record of post-Vietnam War treason and 19-plus years of
equally treasonous, anti-military voting in the Senate.

The other obvious question is: How did Dan Rather end up with the
phony memos? Unless, of course, Rather had already established a
closed-door relationship with the Kerry campaign, which certainly
wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility:

"Any news organization that cherry picks factoids to support a
preconceived prejudice and specifically rejects any and all facts
that fail to support the prejudice can and should expect to get bit
in the butt," Metcalf said Monday.

"Regardless of whether to accept or reject the CBS spin, Rather
refuses to even attempt to offer a 'fair and balanced' view of the
story. Why? Even Democrat operatives acknowledge that if or when
the hoax is revealed, it will be a death knell for the Kerry crowd."

Mike Gallagher, a talk radio host, agreed that it's the same old,
anti-Bush witch-hunt routinely orchestrated by members of the elite
media, who sneeringly despise Bush:

"Once again, the usual suspects in the mainstream liberal press did
their hatchet job on a Republican. But this time, it looked as if
the shoddy research and questionable authenticity of the documents
that were used came back to bite them in the fanny…It looks as if
CBS blew it and, willing or not, became an accomplice to those who
desperately want to attack our president and hurt his re-election
chances."

Gallagher added that, "whether Dan Rather is willing to admit it or
not, his career has been tarnished and his reputation as a
Republican-bashing liberal journalist confirmed, at least in the
minds of millions and millions of Americans."

Now Rather and everyone else who may be directly involved in this
premeditated smear campaign against Bush is playing the blame game.

According to the Washington Times, DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe
claimed that neither his organization nor Kerry's campaign leaked
the documents to CBS News. In fact, McAuliffe even asininely
suggested that White House adviser Karl Rove was behind the memos.
McAuliffe, who called Bush "AWOL," claimed that questions about
Bush's National Guard record supposedly show his "lack of
character." Ironically, it was McAuliffe who vehemently defended
Bill Clinton's "character" during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

These are the same Kerry operatives who threatened to investigate
the Swift Boat Vets by trying to dig up dirt on them. These are
also the same individuals who are working directly with Kerry, which
would speak to Kerry's possible involvement in the falsified memos –
especially since Rather only interviewed Barnes and others who
agreed with him, while rejecting those individuals who are now
disputing Barnes' claims.

That being said, it is particularly hypocritical of Rather and his
media accomplices, as well as Kerry and the rest of the Democrats,
to immediately dismiss this controversial issue, especially since
they were the ones raising such a rancorous ruckus over the
non-existent connection between Bush and the Swift Boat Vets.
What's more, Rather, the New York Times, the Washington Post,
Salon.com and the rest of the media elites desperately tried to
discredit them without bothering to interview them. Instead, these
media elites were more interested in falsely accusing Bush of
consorting with the Swift Boat Vets, while they blindly defended
Kerry by refusing to expose him as the real liar.

Even the very liberal Slate.com and the Village Voice didn't buy
what Kerry was selling.

RATHER'S QUESTIONABLE TIES TO THE TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY

But while Barnes has already raised over $100,000 in soft money for
the Kerry campaign, Rather had been doing his part for "the cause"
when he agreed to be the keynote speaker at one of Barnes' Texas
Democratic Party fund-raisers on April 5, 2001, which Rather's
daughter, Robin, just happened to organize. According to the
Washington Post, Rather helped raise $20,000 for the Travis County
Democratic Party in Austin, Texas, where daughter Robin was also
contemplating a run for mayor.

Although Rather claimed ignorance about knowing it was a Democrat
fund-raiser, much less, knowing his own daughter was managing the
event, it begs many unanswered questions about Rather's role in
instigating the '60 Minutes' anti-Bush smear campaign, which Rather
had been anxiously pushing for several months. It also hits at the
very heart of Rather's journalistic integrity, credibility and
ability to separate his transparently leftist biases from his news
reporting, which is becoming his downfall.

It has already been widely reported that Barnes never used his
supposed influence to get Bush into the National Guard as he told
the now-disgraced Dan Rather.

In essence, Rather was so eager to try to get something on Bush that
he even blatantly ignored Barnes' own daughter, Amy Barnes Stites,
who came forth last week, saying her father, Ben Barnes, lied about
"pulling strings" to get Bush in the National Guard:

"I love my father very much, but he's doing this for purely
political reasons," Stites said when she called into the Mark Davis
Show last Thursday, with guest host Monica Crowley. "He is a big
Kerry fund-raiser and he is writing a book also. And the [Bush
story] is what he's leading the book off with…denied this to me in
2000 that he did get Bush out (of Vietnam). Now he's saying he
did."

When Crowley asked Stites if she believed her father had lied in his
interview on '60 Minutes,' she replied, "Yes, I do. I absolutely
do."

BARNES TRIES TO STOP DAUGHTER FROM EXPOSING HIS LIES

But, according to Newsmax.com, Barnes' press secretary Kane Hinton
allegedly tried to kill the interview Stites had on Sept. 10 with
Sean Hannity, after Stites told Crowley that her father had admitted
privately to her that the allegations he made against Bush were
false:

"[My father] told me in 2000 that he did not help Bush get into the
National Guard, because I asked him during the election of 2000 when
this first came out, and he said no," Stites told Hannity. "And
then in 2004, just about three months ago, he told me that he did
and that he – in fact, he was writing a book, and kind of an
autobiographical book."

Hinton even lied to get the interview by posing as Amy's "friend"
when she tried to stop Amy's interview with Hannity:

"[Hinton] called our studio saying she was a friend of Amy's,"
Hannity said. "She canceled the interview on your behalf," he told
Stites, who appeared, despite Hinton's attempted cancellation.

Moreover, Newsmax.com added that Retired Maj. Gen. Bobby Hodges,
Killian's supervisor at the Guard, said that he felt that CBS News
misled him about the documents they supposedly uncovered. According
to Hodges, CBS told him the documents were "handwritten" and after
CBS read him excerpts he said, "well if he wrote them that's what he
felt." Hodges was the source that CBS News told the Associated
Press was "the trump card" in purportedly "substantiating" Rather's
false claims.

But according to Opinionjournal.com's John Fund, Hodges, whom '60
Minutes' claimed had authenticated the memos, said that when he was
read them over the phone, he assumed they were handwritten and
"wasn't told that CBS didn't have the originals. He now says he
doesn't believe the memos are genuine."

According to Townhall.com columnist Cal Thomas, when Hodges said
they "sounded" like they were written by Killian, "CBS took that as
confirmation of their authenticity."

But CBS News, frantically scrambling to defend its hemorrhaging
defense, has since accused Hodges of changing his story.

The truth is, if Rather was really interested in seeking the truth
and getting to the bottom of the phony memos, he wouldn't have
excluded the interviews that refuted Barnes' false claims,
especially Roome's testimony, which Rather's producer had deemed to
be "pretty pro-Bush."

Rather, in a maniac effort to save his plunging credibility, is now
trying to discredit his own sources by maintaining the
"authenticity" of phony memos.

BLOGGERS DO WHAT DAN RATHER WOULDN'T: EXPOSE THE TRUTH

But, in the end, it took the alternative media in cyberspace to
finally get to the truth about the phony memos, namely bloggers at
Powerlineblog.com, Littlegreenfootballs.com and Freerepublic.com,
who immediately spotted the discrepancies between the typewriter
style and the Microsoft word-processing font style in the bogus
memos:

"What the bloggers and their audiences did was call into profound
question the authenticity of four documents proudly trumpeted by CBS
News in a much-heralded investigative report," said the New York
Post's John Podhoretz. "Liberals went wild with glee about the
story, especially after the onslaught on John Kerry's Vietnam record
by his fellow Swift-boat veterans."

National Review columnist Hugh Hewitt, who almost single-handedly
spearheaded the blogging movement, commented that bloggers, which
include Ph.D's, former military officers and other working
professionals, "have been overwhelmed with e-mails from active-duty
and retired military who scoff at the form of the memos."

Podhoretz added that leftist blogger Kevin Drum swallowed Dan
Rather's phony memo story, hook, line and sinker, adamantly
believing Rather's account:

"Drum simply assumed that the documents were above-board. So did
the New York Times and the Washington Post, both of which put the
story on its front page on Thursday," Podhoretz said.

National Review's Jim Geraghty, who writes the "Kerry Spot," warned:
"CBS had better have one heck of a defense for this."

New York Newsday's Jim Pinkerton said: "Sept. 9, 2004, will be
remembered as a paradigm-shifting day in media history. That was
the day the "blogosphere" took down CBS News."

As Ann Coulter commented regarding the gossip mills of Kitty Kelley
and others who have long been discredited for spreading vicious lies
about Bush: "[F]or the past few years it has been the Internet that
keeps dissecting and discrediting the gossip and innuendo that the
major media put out."

Is it any wonder that Dan Rather and the rest of the arrogantly
overpaid media elite openly despise the honest, independent media of
the Fox News Channel, WorldNetDaily.com and Newsmax.com, which
provides news that circumvents the filters and gatekeepers of the
leftist media?

RATHER IGNORES FAMILY MEMBERS WHO DISPUTED PHONY MEMOS

The newest revelation of CBS News and Dan Rather possessing such
phony memos and later vehemently defending their authenticity is
especially suspect since Rather had deliberately excluded two
pivotal sources from his anti-Bush hit piece (which his producer had
contacted two weeks prior to the '60 Minutes II' interview) – the
son and widow of the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who commanded Bush
and had nothing but glowing things to say about Bush when he was a
young fighter pilot.

The truth is, Bush did six years of National Guard service in five
years, which was six times longer than what Kerry served before his
early exit from Vietnam – and there are no secrets to that, as
Rather alleges.

In fact, Gary Killian, son of the late Jerry Killian, told Sean
Hannity on Sept. 10 that Dean Roome, Bush's former roommate, who was
prepared to also vouch for Bush, was suddenly cut from Rather's
segment because '60 Minutes II' producer Mary Mapes told Killian
that "we see him as pretty pro-Bush."

(Mapes is the one who sat on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal photos
for several months before eventually breaking the story, while
Rather took all the credit, which is yet another example of how
Rather seeks to openly humiliate President Bush.)

Killian and his step-mother, Marjorie Connell, are now questioning
Rather's false claims regarding the authenticity of the newly
surfaced documents – documents that Rather obviously tried to use to
humiliate Bush, while ignoring John Kerry's treasonous slander
against U.S. troops upon his return from Vietnam and his
anti-military voting record.

In fact, Connell said the memos were "a farce" and that her late
husband considered Bush an excellent fighter pilot.

According to Newsmax.com and this very revealing interview with
Hannity, Killian, who Dan Rather claimed was the author of the
memos, said it wasn't part of his dad's management style to write
such questionable memos, much less, keep anything that suspect in
his possession.

Killian and Connell had already told CBS News that the superscript
font style "th" in "187th" in the doctored memos questioning Bush's
Guard status – and whether he had a physical exam, where Dan Rather
played up the lie that Bush allegedly disobeyed a direct order –
didn't match up with the manual typewriter style used in the 1970s.

But CBS News only contacted handwriting experts – at the exclusion
of CBS News' other hired experts, who confirmed that they were
forgeries and even warned CBS News and Dan Rather not to show them
on the air.

KILLIAN'S FORMER SECRETARY CONFIRMS MEMOS ARE FAKE

Moreover, the Dallas Morning News reported that Killian's secretary,
Marian Carr Knox, who's even a professed Bush-hater and was clearly
coached by Rather in the interview to say something obviously
slanderous about Bush, said she never typed those memos and that the
memos were clearly forged:

"These are not real," she told the Morning News after examining
copies of the disputed memos for the first time. "They're not what I
typed, and I would have typed them for him."

Knox, 86, also told the Morning News that the typeface on the
documents didn't match either of the two typewriters that she used
during her time at the Texas National Guard, and identified those
machines as a mechanical Olympia, which was replaced by an IBM
Selectric in the early 1970s.

According to Dallas Morning News reporter Peter Slover, Knox, who
worked from 1957 to 1979 at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston,
said she prided herself on "meticulous typing and that the memos
first disclosed by CBS News last week were not her work":

"She said that the culture of the time was that men didn't type
office-related documents, and she expressed doubt that Lt. Col.
Killian would have typed the memos," Slover wrote. "She said she
would typically type his memos from his handwritten notes, which she
would then destroy."

Gary Killian also said his father didn't know how to type and
wouldn't have drafted such inflammatory letters, even if he did know
how to type, despite Rather's insistence that the memos came from
Killian's personal files:

"It was not the nature of my father to keep private files like this,
nor would it have been in his own interest to do so," Gary Killian
told ABC News about his dad. "We don't know where the documents
come from. They didn't come from any family member."

Connell told ABC News last Thursday that the wording of the memos
was also very suspect to her: "I just can't believe these are his
words."

Like her son, Connell added that her late husband did not type, and
though he did take notes, they were usually on scraps of paper: "He
was a person who did not take copious notes. He carried everything
in his mind."

What's more, Rather's claim that handwriting expert Marcel Matley
authenticated the signature was also debunked since Rather already
knew that Matley couldn't authenticate a copied signature, which was
also in doubt, especially since Rather and CBS News can't seem to
find the original "memo." Also, Matley only examined the
signatures, which also differed with each "document."

In addition, according to Fox News, Matley isn't even certified by
the National Board of Document Examiners, nor does he have any
experience in document analysis or training by any law enforcement
agency. This shoots yet another hole in Rather's sinking ship.

But on Sept. 11, that never stopped CBSNews.com from trying to spin
the story by claiming the memos were based on a "preponderance of
evidence," without bothering to include the Killian family's
interviews or other handwriting experts that have come forth to
dispute them.

In fact, CBS News spokeswoman Kelli Edwards flatly declined to tell
the Associated Press last Friday when asked about questions raised
by experts who examined copies of the memos. Edwards also declined
to provide the names of the other experts that CBS News consulted
who disputed the memos.

Besides, Metcalf said that not only did Bush's records indicate that
he exceeded the required number of drills of each and every year of
service, Bush even asked twice to participate in a flight program,
which would have resulted in combat duty in Vietnam but was rejected
because the Vietnam War was winding down at the time of his request.
In the end, Bush received an honorable discharge after six years of
excellent service.

TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD DIRECTOR BACKS BUSH, DEBUNKS MEMOS

The Washington Times on Sunday reported that former Texas National
Guard Director Earl W. Lively, who was there at the time Bush
served, said there wasn't any doubt in his mind that the documents
that '60 Minutes II" obtained were phony.

"They're forged as hell," Lively told the Washington Times.
"There's no way that Jerry Killian would have written what they've
come up with."

Specifically addressing Rather's phony memo story and the deceptive
way Rather and '60 Minutes' were trying to set up not only President
Bush but Jerry Killian, Lively told Fox News on Sept. 13 that he
very much resented "someone trying to put words in the mouth of a
dead man for political purposes."

Yet Rather has stood obstinately by the authenticity of the
documents that purportedly showed that Killian felt pressure from
his own superior officer, Col. Walter "Buck" Staudt, to "sugarcoat"
Bush's record.

Lively also told the Washington Times that Staudt was honorably
discharged in March 1972, which was nearly 18 months before the date
of the forged Killian memos, which is also in direct contrast to the
false claims of Rather, who offered no apology on CNN:

"Not even discussed, nor should it be," Rather said last Friday. "I
want to make clear to you, I want to make clear to you if I have not
made clear to you, that this story is true, and that more important
questions than how we got the story, which is where those who don't
like the story would like the emphasis, more important question is,
what are the answers to the questions raised in the story."

Moreover, the same order obtained by the Dallas Morning News also
had shown that "Staudt was honorably discharged on March 1, 1972.
CBS News had reported that a memo in which Staudt was described as
interfering with officers' negative evaluations of Bush's service,
was dated Aug. 18, 1973," which means Staudt wouldn't have had a say
in the matter.

Earlier, Rather also told the Morning News on Sept. 10 that "he had
heard nothing to make him question the legitimacy of the memos. He
attributed the backlash to partisan politics and competitive
journalism":

"This story is true. The questions we raised about then-Lieutenant
Bush's National Guard service are serious and legitimate," Rather
said. "Until and unless someone shows me definitive proof that they
are not, I don't see any reason to carry on a conversation with the
professional rumor mill."

"Mr. Rather, you have it completely backwards. The responsibility
is yours to get it right in the first place," said Brent Bozell,
director of the Media Research Center.

But this obviously shoots another hole in Rather's faulty claims,
since Rather knew that his CBS News producers had already
interviewed Killian's family members, who disputed the claims of the
memos, but eventually ended up on the cutting room floor.

What's more, the New York Post contacted a top CBS News official,
who refused to be identified, and asked if they knew whether John
Kerry and his campaign were behind the forged memos: "I can't answer
that question," the CBS News official said and abruptly hung up the
phone.

RATHER'S PHONY MEMO STORY MAY END CAREER OF PROPAGANDA

In his never-ending political antipathy for our commander-in-chief
and the rest of the Bush family, Rather, who wears his partisanship
on his sleeve, may have gotten in too deep to get out of this
politically motivated smear this time around. It may even signal
the end of Rather's 40-plus year career as an anti-Republican
propagandist – and a ruthlessly partisan media hack that has taken
great pleasure in slanting the news on a nightly basis without
ethical forethought or conscience, in order to further a fellow
Democrat's self-aggrandizing, political opportunistic career path,
namely John Kerry.

While Rather plays the victim in this twisted mix of media elite
arrogance and political partisanship, all signs are still appearing
to point to the Kerry campaign as the alleged source of this
anti-Bush hoax, as Rather's media friends at CNN and the New York
Times provide the spin behind the spin. It's a tale of how the ones
entrusted to deliver the story ended up becoming the story. Like
the fraudulent reporting scandals that have rocked the already shaky
foundations of CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the
Washington Post, the Boston Globe, USA Today, Reuters and the
Associated Press, Dan Rather has also proven time and again that he
can no longer be trusted to deliver the unvarnished truth about
events of global significance, since he has demonstrated to be
completely incapable of reporting the news fairly, accurately and
objectively.

Undoubtedly, the possible Kerry campaign/Dan Rather-orchestrated
assault on Bush and his National Guard record shows all the signs of
a politically motivated ambush. While revelations about CBS News'
and John Kerry's likely involvement in this anti-Bush trap are still
surfacing, Dan Rather, who has vehemently denied any willing
cooperation with Kerry operatives, isn't exactly liking the taste of
his own medicine. In fact, the 72-year old anchorman, who has been
trashing Republican administrations for 40-plus years in the form of
fabricated sources, spiked stories and slanted newscasts, squirmed
as he defended himself on the fellow Democrat-friendly CNN. During
the "interview," Rather appeared noticeably shaky and even rude in
his responses. In addition, the fact that Rather and CBS News
didn't have anything official to back up their defense of the phony
memos, smacks of journalistic impropriety.

In actuality, Rather purposely ignored the truth about the phony
memos and the Killian interviews that have already demolished
Rather's malfeasance because Rather likely knew he came across
something that would politically hurt Kerry if the truth ever got
out.

Rather, whose network was the sole media proprietor of the Abu
Ghraib prison abuse scandal photos that the entire Bush-hating media
have been obsessing over for more than five months now, was the one
who held onto the photos and unleashed them when he likely thought
they would do the most political damage to Bush. It's yet another
example of the reckless irresponsibility of arrogant media elitists,
who care more about nailing Bush than preventing the further
endangerment of our troops.

As a result of the media elite's outcry over the Abu Ghraib
brouhaha, they ironically and unjustly portrayed our troops as the
"real" enemy of freedom and the prisoners – many of whom were
suspected terrorists – as the "real" victims of a so-called
"U.S.-led aggression," which many erroneously claimed was led by
Bush and Rumsfeld.

Subsequently, terrorists in Fallujah, Iraq, ambushed four U.S.
employees and burned, mutilated, dragged and hung their bodies over
a bridge, where they openly cheered in the streets. Like the many
other scandals Rather and the rest of the media elites tried to use
to destroy Bush, this one was perhaps the deadliest, most
anti-American backlash that Rather has ever been party to creating –
and all with the overall goal of taking out Bush in November.

Only now, what Rather didn't count on in his calculated haste to
smear President Bush once again, while refusing to tell the truth
about John Kerry's Vietnam and senatorial records, is that the
smoking gun this Clinton-worshipping anchor had hoped would bring
down Bush is actually shooting blanks. The one story Rather had
hoped would sink Bush's re-election bid has become rife with
deception and malice, since the memos Rather had made the focal
point of his anti-Bush hit piece are now in question. Rather, with
all his waffling of the truth, may not be able to spin his way out
of this one.

What's more, Democratic strategist Pat Caddell even admitted to Fox
News last Friday that if the documents Rather aired are officially
confirmed to be forgeries, as alleged by some of CBS News' own
experts (of which they blatantly ignored), the presidential race "is
over" for John Kerry.

"It would be the end of the race," Caddell told Fox News Live. "It
would be the end of the race," he repeated.

FORMER CBS NEWS REPORTER CAUTIONED RATHER ABOUT BIAS

Bernie Goldberg, a former CBS News correspondent and Emmy-winning
journalist, had cautioned Dan Rather for years about the CBS News
anchor's political bias and has been sounding the alarm to the rest
of the liberal media establishment.

Goldberg, a professed liberal, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that
he has "never seen a more one-sided piece in the history of
television" regarding Rather championing the phony memos without
providing any criticism or denunciation of them.

"It was absolutely disgraceful," Goldberg said of Rather and '60
Minutes' for providing only those individuals who would back up CBS
News' position, while leaving any opposing side in the dust.

According to Newsmax.com, Goldberg called it "ironic that Dan Rather
– a journalist who helped bring President Richard Nixon down – is
now behaving like President Nixon did during Watergate."

"It's kind of sad," said Goldberg, adding that CBS is circling the
wagons, and as for Dan Rather – "he's going to hope this goes away."

As a result of Goldberg's whistle-blowing, former CBS News
colleagues have shunned him, especially Rather, who said he would
never forgive Goldberg.

RATHER CARES MORE ABOUT SINKING BUSH THAN EXPOSING KERRY

Like Kerry, Rather has backed himself into a corner and is finding
it extremely difficult to tell the truth since he's been so used to
spinning it for so many years. In a Michael Moore-like move, Rather
has deliberately fudged with the facts to try to give John Kerry a
political advantage over Bush. But like Kerry, Rather seems to care
little about the truth, especially if it favors President Bush.

It also seems that Rather and Kerry are more concerned with what
Bush did over 30 years ago in flight school than what 19 homicidal
maniacs did with four planes on Sept. 11.

It's reminiscent of pre-9/11, during the Clinton impeachment trial,
when the media elites were too obsessed with running damage control
for Bill Clinton to pay any attention to the bigger picture of known
terror cells already existing in the U.S. during the mid- to late
1990s. Clinton had made this nation so weak through his own lusts
and ignoring of the warning signs of the imminent danger of
terrorism. Democrats like John Kerry, John Edwards, Al Gore and Ted
Kennedy had weakened our military through intelligence and defense
cuts and were too concerned about racial profiling too enforce the
Reagan-imposed airport security measures that could have thwarted
9/11.

Today, the media elites, in their attempt to bring down President
Bush out of revenge for the Clinton impeachment and Florida 2000,
are unwittingly trying to weaken our resolve around the world and
put our troops at greater risk. Although the strong moral character
of George W. Bush will never fall prey to the weaknesses of Bill
Clinton that left this country vulnerable to the six terrorist
attacks throughout the 1990s and into 2000, the media elites are
still waiting with baited breath to find a crack in Bush's moral
armor.

John Kerry has neither the character nor the backbone to take the
reins of Bush's moral resolve in fighting global terrorism. What's
more, Kerry's ever-changing positions and indecisiveness would leave
our country extremely vulnerable to the terrorist attacks of the
1990s, and would likely continue the Left's lull of the pre-9/11
mentality of Bill Clinton: That terrorism is a domestic issue and
should be handed over to the next presidential administration, which
is exactly what Clinton did when he left Bush to inherit both an
economic recession and the backlash of terrorism caused by Clinton's
moral and political impotence.

Therefore, Dick Cheney has been vindicated for the accurate
observation he made in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 8 about Kerry
making this country susceptible to terrorist attacks, to which the
media elites had a conniption fit. It's because they care more
about ridding the world of the Bush administration than they do
about ridding the world of terrorism and telling the truth about the
moral weakness and ineptitude of John Kerry.

Yet, while the leftist media lashed out at Cheney for his correct
comments (based on Kerry's weak military voting record, as Zell
Miller masterfully spelled out at the GOP Convention), the media
elites heralded Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin when he called Bush "a liar"
and blatantly ignored the fact that Harkin lied about serving in
Vietnam.

The fact is, the Kerry campaign is getting so desperate to have John
Kerry respond to each and every comment Bush makes between now and
the election that they may be trying to cover their tracks regarding
the phony memos by launching new attack ads this week, which are
aimed at further discrediting Bush's National Guard service. It's
the reason the Kerry campaign, in their newest sophomoric and
asininely vicious attack campaign "Operation Fortunate Son," is
further disparaging Bush's Guard service – since Kerry can't run on
his record and completely relies on smear tactics to try to get
ahead of Bush.

(The Kerry campaign, proving again that they can't come up with
anything original and has to steal to get what they want, pilfered
the title from a book called "Fortunate Son," whose author is a
convicted felon with discredited stories of Bush's alleged drug
use.)

In essence, it already appears that Rather's friends in the press
are helping him out by continuing to slant the headlines against
Bush (MSNBC.com, Sept. 16):


2 Americans kidnapped in Iraq
U.S. intel pessimistic on Iraq
Annan says Iraq was illegal

(Another crucial side note: Annan is involved in the U.N. Oil for
Food Scandal that helped finance Saddam Hussein's terror networks.
About an hour later, MSNBC.com put quotes around the word 'illegal,'
probably in case anyone accuses them of bias.)

In effect, with the memo-obsessed media elite's pounding of Donald
Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft for their so-called "secret" memos, it's
hypocritical for them to flatly ignore these phony memos that not
only may implicate Dan Rather and CBS News, but also John Kerry and
his ephemeral campaign.

Besides, in his recent '60 Minutes' interview with Kerry, Rather
never asked him about his anti-American conduct; his secret meeting
with North Vietnamese communist leaders; marching with Viet Cong
communists as he scoffed at the flag and the U.S.; his words and
picture being enshrined in the Vietnamese Communist Museum in
Saigon; his 1971 Senate testimony that was used as anti-American
propaganda in torturing U.S. POWs; or why he slandered his comrades
with war crime atrocity allegations, where he called them
"monsters," "baby killers," "rapists" and "pillagers," in "the
fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan" that Kerry himself had admitted
to committing.

The bottom line is the leftist media refuse to see John Kerry as a
traitor to this country. As Kerry continues to re-write the Vietnam
War, there are Vietnam veterans who remember Kerry's treason and
seek to right the wrongs that Kerry continues to perpetrate on them.
But Rather, who was more polite to Saddam Hussein – than he's ever
been to any Republican – when he went to Baghdad in February 2002 to
embarrass Bush by kissing up to the murderous dictator, will
continue to spin this sordid phony memo story in Kerry's favor.

Rather knows he's been caught and now he's squirming in his anchor
chair.

KERRY MAY BE WORSE THAN GORE AT DIRTY ELECTION TRICKS

Like Al Gore, who proclaimed during his 36-day heist of the Florida
electorate: "I am not like George Bush. If he wins or loses, life
goes on. I'll do anything to win," John Kerry is not about to sit
back and let Bush rightfully win. Because Kerry has made the White
House his ultimate career goal, Kerry may be even worse than Gore,
if that's possible. Kerry will likely squash anyone that gets in
his way, as he's doing this very moment.

The way Kerry is reacting right now to his own record being laid
bare for all to see is proof enough that he is unfit to command.
It's because the media elites haven't done their jobs that the
independent media are gaining in prominence and exposing Kerry.

Opinionjournal.com's James Taranto observed on Sept. 13 that there's
"no way of knowing who CBS's source is, but it's certainly a matter
of great public interest if the Kerry campaign or the Democratic
National Committee has perpetrated a fraud, especially one so
shockingly incompetent."

With the top attack dogs in the leftist media willingly turning into
John Kerry's personal lapdogs, we no longer have to wonder which
side they're on.

But Rather isn't the only one blatantly campaigning for Kerry via
his evening "skews" program. From Chris Matthews' pro-Kerry
meltdowns and the New York Times' Democrat-friendly diatribes to
Aaron Brown's childish invectives, the Left's media allies are
pulling out all the stops in their across-the-board defense of John
Kerry, who has reduced his entire campaign to name-calling sessions,
rhetorical rants and asinine tirades.

But while many of us on the Right know the mainstream media are
collectively biased, there are still a lot of great reporters within
these organizations who value their credibility and will hopefully
expose this likely Democrat-fueled scandal.

RATHER STILL STANDS BY PHONY MEMOS, LASHES OUT AT BLOGGERS

Back in 2000, when Rather could have cared less about hanging chads
and more about trying to pin the Al Gore-initiated election fiasco
on Bush, Rather is now doing the opposite with this CBS News debacle
that has all the earmarks of an orchestrated, Clintonite-bloated
Kerry campaign trick. Seeing that Rather also ignored the story of
former Clintonite Sandy Berger, who stole classified documents from
the National Archives, which is a felony, it's no surprise that
Rather is secretly hoping his fake Bush story sticks.

With false accusations still coming from the Left about Bush
supposedly being dishonest about Iraq, it appears the Democrats and
their willing accomplices in the media are the ones with egg on
their faces. If Dan Rather does not come forward and tell the
truth, this Democrat-created scandal could very well be John Kerry's
Watergate and all the damage control Rather can muster won't be able
to save Kerry nor him. Rather, in the end, may be getting a dose of
his own medicine after years of deceptive reporting.

It's certainly not the first time Rather has aided and abetted a
prominent Democrat: In his June interview with Bill Clinton, Rather
allowed Clinton to lie his way out of how he allowed Osama bin Laden
to slip through his fingers on at least three occasions. While the
facts are still surfacing about the phony memos, thanks to an alert
blogosphere and other independent media that are doing the job that
media leftists like Rather have refused to do, Rather's close media
confidants are taking up the slack by fiercely defending him.

As a result, Rather has been vehemently defending himself, lashing
out at the bloggers, which former CBS News executive Jonathan Klein
arrogantly labeled as the average "guy sitting in his living room in
their pajamas writing."

Well, pajamas or no pajamas, they exposed Rather's fraudulence and
are to be congratulated. Too bad they don't have Rather's $8
million-per-year salary. If it takes guys in their pajamas to
expose the fraudulence of one of the so-called most "respected"
"journalists" in the news business, what does that say about the
current liberal media establishment? Like John Kerry, they so
arrogant and beyond reproach that they don't want to be held
accountable and choose to hide behind their "institutions"?

After all, over the course of just a few days, we've seen Rather
looking more and more guilty of being a possible Kerry
co-conspirator in a Watergate-style scandal that is likely to sink
the Kerry campaign and find Rather starting his retirement a little
earlier than planned. The result of this media dereliction is
exactly why the mainstream media find themselves in their present
quandary – and why the independent media are increasingly exposing
these media useful idiots as the same liars and phonies they seek to
protect.

As Kerry continues to self-destruct and the media elites provide him
with endless damage control, look for President Bush to wipe the
floor with John Kerry during the upcoming debates. Like Rather,
Kerry will continue to be exposed for a fraud before Nov. 2.

Last Friday, Rather still tried to defend his fraudulence by
borrowing Hillary Clinton's tactic of blaming her and her husband's
dishonesty on a "vast right-wing conspiracy" she coined during the
Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment hearings:

"Today, on the Internet and elsewhere, some people, including many
who are partisan political operatives, concentrated not on the key
questions of the overall story, but on the documents that were part
of the support of the story," Rather blathered.

"So it doesn't matter if the "memos" are a fraud?" asked Media
Research Center director Brent Bozell.

What Rather fails to grasp is that he's the very one who refuses to
concentrate on the key questions of the story, which are: Why did
you avoid the other sources and handwriting experts who openly
disputed the memos and why can't you be honest about it?

The truth is, there is no story within the Bush memos since the
memos are phony – and since Bush's National Guard record was settled
years ago. The real story is that Rather has now become the real
story – and the story behind the story. But, like Kerry, Rather's
too arrogant to admit when he's wrong.

What's missing at CBS News are the Edward R. Murrows of the news
business, who didn't sit before the TelePrompTer looking through it
with their political agenda as the lens, but who actually cared
about digging for and reporting the truth, no matter which side of
the political aisle they sat on in those days.

As Rather signs off each week night, saying "And that's just part of
our world," he's got that right because viewers don't even get the
whole story in Dan's part of the world.

For more uncensored news and information about this growing
controversy, visit www.rathergate.com and www.ratherbiased.com.

© 2004 Doug Schmitz. All Rights Reserved.

Doug Schmitz is a conservative columnist who holds a master's degree
in journalism. He's a regular contributor to Etherzone.com,
BushCountry.org and MichNews.com, and has been a guest columnist for
Accuracy in Media (www.aim.org), a watchdog group for the liberal
media.

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--Commie conspiracy nutjob Brian Zepp Jamieson, May 11, 2004

"That actually makes more sense than the claim that
a large commercial aircraft, moving at cruising
speed at an altitude of ten feet, struck that
building. And the hole's about the right size."

--Commie FatBoy Brian Zepp Jamieson, May 12, 2004

"Barbara Olsen is still dead? Oh, good!"

--subhuman commie scumbag Brian Zepp Jamieson, July 22, 2004

"I don't have a theory as to what happened to Flight 77. But I'm
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a***@spankrightwing.com
2004-09-19 23:55:17 UTC
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Post by MikeSoja
Dan Rather's suspicious alliance with the Kerry campaign
By Doug Schmitz
Sep 17, 2004
COLUMNIST'S NOTE: The following is an in-depth analysis of Dan
Rather's current imbroglio that will delve into journalistic fraud
and media arrogance.
And after reading the first sentence, you don't see a slant to this?

You're even a bigger moron than you seem to be.
Post by MikeSoja
=========================================================
After being told by an aide; "America is under attack", George
Bush, (supposed protector of America/leader) sat in a silent stupor
for 7 minutes, frozen like a deer in a cars headlights. Sources say that
it was more like 26 minutes because after he left the "kiddies"
he had no idea what to do.
Moorehead Johnson
2004-09-20 03:55:30 UTC
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Post by a***@spankrightwing.com
Post by MikeSoja
CBS NEWS SUSPECTED OF RIGGING 2004 ELECTION FOR KERRY
Suspected by whom?
You and a motley crew of righting fuckwits?
Uh, yeah, the motley crew of "rightwing fuckwits" questioning the CBS
memos at the NY Times, the LA Times, The Washington Post, ABC news,
CBS News, CNN...yeah, the usual "right wing" suspects....LMAO
Post by a***@spankrightwing.com
Post by MikeSoja
=========================================================
After being told by an aide; "America is under attack", George
Bush, (supposed protector of America/leader) sat in a silent stupor
for 7 minutes, frozen like a deer in a cars headlights. Sources say that
it was more like 26 minutes because after he left the "kiddies"
he had no idea what to do.
Here's what Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry said July 8 when Larry
King asked where he was on 9/11, according to CNN's own transcript:

'Nobody Could Think'

"I was in the Capitol. We'd just had a meeting - we'd just come into a
leadership meeting in Tom Daschle's office, looking out at the
Capitol. And as I came in, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing
there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we
shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized
nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud
of explosion at the Pentagon. And then word came from the White House,
they were evacuating, and we were to evacuate, and so we immediately
began the evacuation."

The second plane hit the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m., and the
plane hit the Pentagon at 9:43 a.m. By Kerry's own words, he and his
fellow senators sat there for forty minutes, realizing 'nobody could
think.'

MJ

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