After days of expressing confidence about the documents used in a "60 Minutes'' report that raised new questions about President Bush's National Guard service, CBS News officials have grave doubts about the authenticity of the material, network officials said last night.
Now, this suffers from the usual "anonymous sources can be full of crap" caveats. There's also this later in the article:
But they cautioned that CBS News could still pull back from an announcement. Officials met last night with Dan Rather, the anchor who presented the report, to go over the information it had collected about the documents one last time before making a final decision. Mr. Rather was not available for comment late last night.
I look forward to this story being over; it's been an agonizing ten days, unless your interests include 70's typography. It's also deeply ironic that the entire incident is probably going to have the unintended consequence of inoculating Bush against further "National Guard" attacks in what little time remains until the next election. But the most important part is the new methods of information distribution. I assume that the forgeries would have been outed anyway, even without the blogosphere. I find it nothing less than astonishing, however, that it took a bunch of pajama-wearing bloggers three hours to do more research than a major network.
I'm also hoping we find out where these documents came from.
Bill Burkett seems to be the frontrunner. Another candidate has been MoveOn.org. McAuliffe insinuated that they originated from Karl Rove. Burkett seems to be the most logical source, however..
St. Louis must be destroyed!
Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease. THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.
"Congress . . . shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis[.]" ~1 U.S.C. § 1, selectively quoted for accuracy.