Oh, you wanted real news about Rather, not dreams? Why didn't you say so?
For real news by hard-working, non-pajama wearing (though I can't be certain about that and photographic proof would be nice) bloggers, read both Ace's
latest. The wagons are circling and the circle is getting narrower by the minute.
Also, CBS will be making some kind of announcemen
t at noon. As far as I can tell, no one had today in the pool
My prediction for the statement:
Look! Over there! Iraq is burning!
Other thoughts: If CBS goes on record to say they were duped and they now realize the memos were not authentic, and then go on to say that it doesn't matter because the AWOL issue still remains, then they just don't get it.
The public deserves nothing less than a public apology from both Rather and CBS. Also, someone needs to accept responsibility for going on record with the memos knowing full well that there were doubts about their authenticity. Which means, someone needs to get fired over this, or all apologies and posturing about being responsible are null and void.
The public, the media, bloggers and CBS/Rather must realize that the major issue here is not if Bush fulfilled his duties. It stopped being about the very second someone spotted the inconsistencies in the memos. It's about credibility, respectability and being honest about what your agenda is. Dan Rather needs to come clean. CBS needs to come clean. And the rest of the media, rather than wagging the AWOL stick in our faces, need to denounce the methods that CBS and Rather used to get this story on the air.
I feel like that larger issue is getting lost in all the back and forth about the content of the memos. If you want to deal with that issue, then deal with it on a separate plane. Let's not miss the sharpest point here; that Rather and CBS are culprits in a potential case of fraud perpetrated on the the people of America - a possible fraud that was - to these eyes at least - designed to sway the opinion of the undecided voter, just two months before the presidential election. That's just criminal.
Well, if not, it should be.
[And if you keep reading Allah's updates,
you'll see why this goes so much deeper than two superscript letters on a memo - the deceit that went into this is frightening]
A very reliable source tells me that CBS may not make the noon deadline.