Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Waiting for CBS

3:45 EDT and still no release of the promised memo. That makes it almost four hours late. General consensus, which I agree with, seems to be that CBS will fall back to a "the documents may be forgeries, but the sentiment is true" defense, pinning their hopes on statements from Lt. Colonel Killian's former secretary (previously discussed here). For more on this, see The Kerry Spot, Captain's Quarters, Instapundit, Wizbang! here and here and Just One Minute.

Is this what CBS will be reduced to? It's not even a defense! CBS did not speak to Killian's secretary before they aired the report so they could not have relied on her testimony. Furthermore, two of the people they did speak to, Killian's widow and son (who served in the Texas Air National Guard with his father), had told CBS that the documents did not reflect his assessment of then-lieutenant Bush.

CBS would not have aired the story without the documents. What would they have said? "We believe this long-deceased TANG officer disapproved of the special treatment President Bush received." What more could they have said "We don't really have anything to back-up this belief, in fact his family disputes our belief. So do documents assessing Bush that we know Killian wrote. You'll just have to take our word on it."

If this is the standard to apply, what does CBS think of the Swiftvets story, which is backed up by sworn affidavits from over 250 living veterans? How does CBS ignore that?

CBS did rely on the documents and it is almost certain that they are forgeries. CBS has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the truth in there efforts to bash President Bush and they can't talk their way out of it.