The Electric Commentary

Friday, September 10, 2004

Update: From RatherBiased.com

CBS is going to address this issue this evening. If they offer a credible defense, all will be retracted. I just don't see it happening. But for what it's worth:

Network to Address Superscript Controversy
September 10, 2004, 16:48:27 EDT

Dan Rather will address the Memogate controversy on tonight's program and will defend itself on the matter of superscript fonts in typewriters.

The following message was distributed to CBS affiliates nationwide

Later today, CBS News will address on the air and in detail the issues surrounding the documents broadcast in the 60 MINUTES report on President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard. At this time, however, CBS News states with absolute certainty that the ability to produce the "th" superscript mentioned in reports about the documents did exist on typewriters as early as 1968, and in fact is in President Bush's official military records released by the White House. This and other issues surrounding the authenticity of the documents and more on this developing story will be reported on tonight on THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH DAN RATHER.

And:

CBS Denies Forgery Investigation.
September 10, 2004, 16:00:32 EDT
(Exclusive Must Credit RatherBiased.com) RatherBiased.com has obtained a copy of a memorandum that CBS has sent out to all of its affiliates regarding the Memogate controversy. In the message meant to ease the fears of affiliate managers who have been deluged with angry viewer feedback and a huge amount negative media coverage, the network denies a recent Drudge Report story that CBS News has mounted an internal investigation into the Memogate controversy. It emphatically stands behind the network's story that the Killian memos are not forgeries.
RatherBiased.com obtained the memorandum from a news director at a CBS affiliate who asked not to be identified.

THE FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT ISSUED BY CBS NEWS:
For the record, CBS News stands by the thoroughness and accuracy of the 60 MINUTES report this Wednesday on President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard. This report was not based solely on recovered documents, but rather on a preponderance of evidence, including documents that were provided by unimpeachable sources, interviews with former Texas National Guard officials and individuals who worked closely back in the early 1970s with Colonel Jerry Killian and were well acquainted with his procedures, his character and his thinking. In addition, the documents are backed up not only by independent handwriting and forensic document experts but by sources familiar with their content. Contrary to some rumors, no internal investigation is underway at CBS News nor is one planned. We have complete confidence in our reporting and will continue to pursue the story.



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