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Encyclopedia Brown And the Case of the Big Fish

From what I've put together thus far using just a magnifying glass and a hat: Burkett is not the true source of the memo. Neither is Barnes. There are big fish swimming in this ocean. And by big fish, I mean the kind that, if caught, would get sliced open to reveal a whole school of little, putrid fish in its guts. This fish is rotted from the inside out it seems. Also, there's a missing fish. Somewhere on the fishy food chain between the guppy Burkett and the shark Barnes is one clever fish who brought the two together. Now I'm hungry. I think I'll get sushi for lunch.


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Cross-posted (By me this time) at INDC Journal on the same topic:

'"Never attribute to duplicity what can be explained by stupidity." - Napoleon

This is an extension of Occam's Razor applied to human interaction. I really do believe that Burkett and Barnes were enough to set off the CBS News guys into a round of mutual self-congratulatory, self-deluding, verbal fellation.

I can just see these guys sitting around saying, "All we really need is one more story before the dam breaks and the bourgeois swing voters start to see things our way." At that level of delusion, how can you infer anything logical from this?

Sometimes addicts lie when confronted, even when the truth is less troubling than the lie. It's part of the insanity and BDS had parallels.'

I'm just not in the mood to wear tinfoil today, and these guys haven't been making great decisions lately.


IIRC someone from CBS has also been whining that since the White House didn't comment on the faxes CBS sent to them only hours before broadcast CBS then thought "Aha! Must be correct! Run with it." Yeah, right, in a few hours the White House was supposed to authenticate memos from a previously unknown "personal" file of a dead guy when CBS was publicly lying about having vetted them for six weeks.

As poster CERDIP on Command Post puts it. This is not "Old Media", this is "LAME" (Legacy American Media Establishment).

This is more than just getting Dan Rather off the air; he and CBS "news" division should be facing investigation and charges from the FEC and FCC.

EXCLUSIVE // Mon Sep 20 2004 11:58:02 ET

Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question—and their source—vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome.

Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.

Please know that nothing is more important to us than people's trust in our ability and our commitment to report fairly and truthfully.

What a weasly statement.

And where the f**k is the apology to President Bush???

Dan should be in jail.

Max Cleland - the missing link.

I think it was professor Plumb, In the Library, with a candle stick holder.

Did i win?

Totally non-fact-based irresponsible speculation:

Where is Ann Richards in all this? Can you think of a TX Democrat with more of an axe to grind but who Rather would view as beyond reproach?

I agree that one thing that would explain Rather's behavior is if his daughter, who's active in TX Democratic circles and connected with Barnes, is the source. I almost couldn't blame a 72-year-old man for going to any lengths to sacrifice his own career and credibility, if it comes to that, to protect his daughter.

Chris had my answer.

And it's Professor Plum. Though I did suspect Colonel Mustard at one point, this being a military case and all.

Robin Rather. Daddy paid off a stooge to protect his daughter.

Now I'm hungry. I think I'll get sushi for lunch.

Not me. After reading your analogy, I'm thinking about swearing off fish for good.

Pick a Mcauliffe lieutenant and start there - the resulting entropy will envelope the entire upper enchelon of the DNC. Terry will seel out Faster than Rather did, and had people targeted Mapes instead of Rather, this thing would have rolled over and played dead with an apology and a body about 7 days ago.