Thursday, September 23, 2004

Evidence of CBS-DNC Collusion on Memogate? NO - See Update

Some pretty damning evidence of exactly that from the GOP via The Kerry Spot on National Review Online:
9 HOURS BEFORE THE CBS REPORT: "Democratic Party chairman Terry McAuliffe said, 'George W. Bush's cover story on his National Guard service is rapidly unraveling. ... George W. Bush needs to answer why he regularly misled the American people about his time in the Guard and who applied political pressure on his behalf to have his performance reviews 'sugarcoated.'"
As Jim Geraghty points out, the use of "sugarcoat" by McCauliffe in a press conference the morning before the same word appeared in one of the forged Killian documents aired by CBS would lead one to believe that the DNC knew their contents before they were released.
"Sugarcoated." What an interesting word. McAuliffe could have said that Bush's performance reviews were covered up, spun, masked, smoothed over, soft-pedaled, glossed over, prettified, veiled, whitewashed, hushed up, concealed, varnished, suppressed, or distorted. But he just happened to pick a word that appeared in the memos that were supposedly unveiled to the world hours later.
There's a lot more to be discovered here.

UPDATE

The Kerry Spot is now reporting that they were wrong. The "sugarcoated" reference was made after the CBS piece aired. Instapundit notes how quickly Jim Geraghty corrected and apologized for his mistake.