Saturday, September 18, 2004
Louisiana Marriage Amendment Vote Returns
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Burkette - Cleland connection?
Also Saturday, a White House official said Bush has reviewed disputed documents that purport to show he refused orders to take a physical examination in 1972 and did not recall having seen them previously.
The long-running story on Bush's Texas Air National Guard service took an unusual twist when CBS broadcast a report on what it said were the newly discovered records. The authenticity of the documents has come into doubt.
In his first public comment on the CBS documents controversy, the president told The Union Leader of Manchester, N.H., "There are a lot of questions about the documents, and they need to be answered."
The retired Guard official, Bill Burkett, said in an Aug. 21 e-mail to a list of Texas Democrats that after getting through "seven layers of bureaucratic kids" in the Democrat's campaign, he talked with former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland about information that would counter criticism of Kerry's Vietnam War service. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the e-mail Saturday.
"I asked if they wanted to counterattack or ride this to ground and outlast it, not spending any money. (Cleland) said counterattack. So I gave them the information to do it with," Burkett wrote.
Burkett, who lives just outside of Abilene, wrote that no one at the Kerry campaign called him back.
The e-mail was distributed to a Yahoo list of Texas Democrats. The site, which had about 570 members Saturday, is not affiliated with the state party.From the Washington Post:
In another message, dated Sept. 4, Burkett hinted he might have had advance knowledge of some details in an explosive segment that aired Sept. 8 on CBS's "60 Minutes." In addition to airing footage of an interview with former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes saying he helped Bush get into the Guard, the network broadcast documents purporting to show that Bush had disobeyed a direct order to take a physical required to continue flying in the spring of 1972.
(There is also more about Cleland towards the end of the article)
From the GOP:
Washington, DC—RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke made the following statement today "Bill Burkett, Democrat activist and Kerry campaign supporter, passes information to the DNC; Kerry campaign surrogate Max Cleland discusses "valuable" information with Bill Burkett; Bill Burkett talks to "senior" Kerry campaign officials; an apparently unsuspecting news organization uses faked forged memos and an interview with Ben Barnes at the same time the Democratic National Committee launched Operation Fortunate Son; and Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill was among the first to call Ben Barnes and congratulate him after his interview. The trail of connections is becoming increasingly clear."
"Bill Burkett, Democrat activist and Kerry campaign supporter, passes information to the DNC; Kerry campaign surrogate Max Cleland discusses "valuable" information with Bill Burkett; Bill Burkett talks to "senior" Kerry campaign officials; an apparently unsuspecting news organization uses faked forged memos and an interview with Ben Barnes at the same time the Democratic National Committee launched Operation Fortunate Son; and Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill was among the first to call Ben Barnes and congratulate him after his interview. The trail of connections is becoming increasingly clear."
Differences in Documents
If you don't remember what typewriting looks like, this should refresh your memory.
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Mark Steyn: CBS Defense of Rather hints at bigger story
''If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story.''
Hel-looooo? Earth to the Lost Planet of Ratheria: You can't ''break that story.'' A guy called ''Buckhead'' did that, on the Free Republic Web site a couple of hours after you and your money-no-object resources-a-go-go ''60 Minutes'' crew attempted to pass off four obvious Microsoft Word documents as authentic 1972 typewritten memos about Bush's skipping latrine duty in the Spanish-American War, or whatever it was.
Rest of the story here.
Old Media sitting there scratching their heads.....
In the Washington Times, there is this neat discussion of the new era. A quote:
It's no surprise, of course, the conspiratorial, central-planning mindset of the mainstream media kingpins conjures up a top-down plot where there is none and where none could ever be orchestrated even if the Bush White House wanted one. Bloggers take orders from no one. But with that irresistible platter of publishing freedom comes a tall glass of responsibility. For serious blogging pundits and news-gatherers and discussion board operators, cyber-cred is everything. Mainstream media anthropologists often describe the blogger culture as "free-wheeling" — ignoring the medium's flip side of brutally quick-fixing and 24/7 fact-checking.
You can check out the rest of the article here
We have entered an era where the old media manipulation of the public will never quite be the same....there are too many alternatives. And for those of us who want to be active in it, all it takes is a computer, an internet account and a quick trip to blogger.com or one of the other blog hosts and voila, we are now a news provider as well.
MSM would do well to go back and do what they always claimed they did...reporting that was as unbiased as possible, showing the facts and allowing the viewers to make up their minds, and making sure editorial comment was clearly indicated.
I'm not holding my breath, though.
UPDATE: This story is getting more than US coverage. See this article from the New Zealand Herald: Writers in pyjamas leave the professionals behind
Friday, September 17, 2004
Bill Burkett's Credibility Problems
But Burkett's allegations have changed over the years, and have been dismissed as baseless by former Guard colleagues, state legislators and others.Even Burkett has admitted some of his allegations are false
Read the rest of the article:
Air National Guard Colonel Denies Bush Got Preferential Treatment
"I never pressured anybody about George Bush because I had no reason to," Staudt told ABC News in his first interview since the documents were made public.
Read the entire document here:
Do you think this presidential campaign is more interesting than usual?
According to the latest poll at CBS News Poll, 67 percent of the voter pool find this to be an interesting election, which is the highest number in the last five elections.
BTW, they have Bush with 50 percent of the vote and Kerry with 41 percent.
To read the entire article, go here:
CBS Affliate reactions
Who Set Up CBS?
By Peter Brown, Orlando Sentenial
The furor over CBS' use of apparently forged documents is obscuring the more important question of who tried to influence the presidential election fraudulently, and why.
If it weren't so serious a matter, it would be entertaining to watch CBS squirm like the other multibillion-dollar non-media companies it regularly vilifies for questionable behavior.
(rest of the article here. Registration required)
Buoyed by Polls, Bush Shows New Confidence
(from USAToday. Discusses Bush's bounce in the Gallup Poll)
Rest of the story here.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Freedom of speech is not for little girls or the non elite
Maggie Dowd - Pre-emptive Paranoia
How the big bad GOP is intimidating the democrats (in some democrats' paranoia) and how frustrated Maggie is that those so infected are are missing the important stuff, and her frustration about how the campaign is running in general.
Here's how bad off the Democrats are: They're cowering behind closed doors, whispering that if it should ever turn out that Republicans are behind this, it would be so exquisitely Machiavellian, so beyond what Democrats are capable of, they should just fold and concede the election now - before the Republicans have to go to the trouble of stealing it again.
Read the rest here:
These just keep popping up all over....
Robert Novak - Kerry's Left Turn
To the astonishment and dismay of Democratic politicians, John Kerry over the last weekend appeared to have forgotten his opponent for president. He did not seem to realize that he was running against George W. Bush, not Howard Dean.
Read the whole piece here:
CBS Docs faxed from Abilene TX
Who's funding Moveon.org and other 527s?
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Bloggers' Role in the Media
NEW YORK The current controversy over the validity of documents pushed in large part by bloggers and purporting to prove that President Bush received special treatment in the National Guard shows that partisan Internet pundits are having a growing impact on mainstream press, for better or worse, according to several newspaper editors.
CBS to announce statement on Documents, noon today EDT
Arcane Stuff about What Makes Active Duty Totals
People in Pajamas
Guys in Pajamas bust CBS
Mr. Klein dismissed the bloggers who are raising questions about the authenticity of the memos: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."
He will regret that snide disparagement of the bloggers, many of whom are skilled lawyers or have backgrounds in military intelligence or typeface design. A growing number of design and document experts say they are certain or almost certain the memos on which CBS relied are forgeries. -John Fund, WSJ
Fund writes of a ‘defensive’ Dan Rather going on the air last Friday and claiming a counterattack from partisan political operatives. And says that ‘in reality, traditional journalism now has a new set of watchdogs in the "blogosphere."
“This is a time that's going to be looked back on, when a press revolution was completed, when the old media giants fell, when a monopoly was emphatically shattered, and when the new media solidified its right place as one of the great and good forces in American society which I firmly believe that we are, ladies and gentlemen.” – Rush Limbaugh.
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