So, I fell asleep at abotut 10:30 last night (oddly enough, I wasn't even wearing pajamas), so I'm way behind on the stories
here. Instead of trying to catch up, I'll just link.
First, a small reminder that sometimes even forgeries can reveal the truth
Now we go to Allah, who is knocking around Mrs. Knox
(no, not figuratively). It seems the nice old lady is doing a bit of flip-flopping - I didn't remember Bush before I remembered him!
On the Kinko's issue, WaPo's got a few tidbits
links to this site
, which discover that Mr. Burkett, he of the disgruntledness:
bq. has a standing account with the Kinkos in Abilene Texas, and while the lady who answered the phone would not be more specific she did say Burkett was in there last week she waited on him on last (a week ago) Tuesday....
Ace has a primer on Bill Burkett
that you should read if you plan on following this story to its seemingly logical conclusion. Oh, and speaking of primers, maybe you should read up on Mary Mapes,
Back to Dan the Man. Andrew Sullivan points
to a WaPo article
which quotes Mr. Rather:
bq. "If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story. 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.'"
That sound you just heard was my jaw dropping. That other sound was my giggling like a school girl. Astounded and amused, I am.
bq. Memo to Rather: you can't break that story, because someone else in pajamas already did. Check the frequency, Kenneth. You are so far from being out front on this, you are leagues behind in the dust. Have you heard of the Internet? You can find it on that weird machine in your office they call a computer.
Sorry, Andrew. All Dan has is an IBM Selectric and a photocopy machine.
The trail of deceit here is enough to warrant the public flogging of Dan Rather and most of the Sixty Minutes staff. We'll leave the lovely Mrs. Knox out of it because flogging the elderly isn't nice. But I can point my finger in her face and call her a bitter, old, partisan hack with a questionable memory and an unquestionable agenda.
And let's remember why I am harping on this story, Brad (that's Brad the Troll I'm addressing). It's the media, stupid. You want someone who is addressing the AWOL issue, I'm sure it won't be hard to find a blog that's doing so. What Brad doesn't get - or refuses to address - is that a major, respected newscaster on a major, respected broadcast news station used false documents - and most likely disreputable sources - to prop up his agenda-driven, partisan story on the president, two months before the election.
And it's become even more than that over the past few days. What is it with the current trend of people not taking responsibility for their actions? Is this the new way to deal with people when confronted with the possibility that you did something wrong? Evade, be ambiguous, blame someone else, engage in moral equivalency, pout, stamp your feet and act outraged and defiant that someone is actually calling you out on your bullshit. From two year old toy thiefs to middle aged middle managers, from drunk-driving movie stars to drunk-with-power news anchors, that seems to be the modus operandi when the headlights are turned on.
There was a point in all this when I would have still been able to maintain some respect for Rather. Maybe a few days back, if he had addressed the issue immediatley, called for an investigation and confessed that maybe, just maybe, he had inadvertantly used false documents in his story, he could have saved some face. Even if he was bullshitting us and we knew it, it would have done far less damage than his ridiculous posturing is doing now.
The problem is, CBS is digging a deeper and deeper hole and if they aren't careful (oops, too late), they are going to take the media in general into that hole with them. It's time for the other networks and affilliates to start shoveling the dirt
on Rather and CBS, instead of being buried with them.