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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Tell CBS to Come Clean
Topic: Election / Voting
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The Media Research Center has a demand for the Rathergate network:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- Media Research Center President
Brent Bozell today challenged CBS News to apologize to the American people for its false and misleading reporting on President Bush's National Guard service, as well as to come clean with the public and expose the people who forged documents that falsely cast Bush in a negative light.

     "Until CBS atones for its complicity in this character assassination attempt of President Bush, the letters `CBS' will stand for `Can't Believe Squat.' With every Watergate-like denial, the integrity of CBS News continues to crumble," Bozell said.

Evidence Against CBS News Has Continued To Mount

  • As first reported, and NBC,
    Washington Post, Fox News Channel and others have repeated, independent experts say CBS's "memos" appear to have been produced by a modern word processor, not a 1970s typewriter.

  • Both CNN and the Washington Times have quoted other independent experts who declared that the signatures on the documents could well be forgeries.

  • The Los Angeles Times found Major General Bobby Hodges - who CBS claimed to be its key source - who revealed he had never seen the documents, had only had them read to him, and upon seeing them declared they were fakes.

  • Both Jerry Killian's widow and son have stated publicly he would not have written these memos. CBS refused to put Killian's son on the air after interviewing him, and also refused to interview others whom Killian recommended because they were "Bush supporters."

  • The CBS News story did not disclose that one of its key sources, former Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes, is a major fundraiser for the Kerry campaign and that he has raised the campaign $500,000. Nor did the accusations that Barnes is not telling the truth - coming from his own daughter, no less! - ever see the light of day on CBS.

  • The Dallas Morning News reported over the weekend that the commander who supposedly was blamed for pressuring a subordinate to "sugar coat" Bush's record had retired 18 months before he was said to have applied such pressure.

     "The CBS story is a hoax and a fraud, and a cheap and sloppy one at that.. It boggles the mind that Dan Rather and CBS continue to defend it. Dan Rather and CBS need to be reminded that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. Just ask Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton," Bozell said.

If you would like to demand an apology and full disclosure from CBS, the National Legal and Policy Center has comprehensive contact information.

Posted by Tim at 3:30 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 3:32 PM EDT

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