The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Monday, September 20, 2004

September 20, 2004



1) We have the video of Dan criticizing Fox News up on the news page now. Check
it out if you haven't seen it

2) CBS tells NYT that its documents are fake

3) Our list of "Twenty Things CBS Won't Apologize For

NYT: CBS Says Papers Were Forged


--Jim Rutenberg, a media reporter with the New York Times has a blockbuster
story in today's editions: CBS has concluded that it used forged documents in a
story accusing President Bush of evading his duties in the Texas Air National

Of course, had the folks at CBS been reading, INDCJournal,
Little Green Footballs,, Hugh Hewitt, Powerline, AllahPundit,
InstaPundit, and CNS News, they could have saved themselves a whole lot of

In retrospect, it really is quite farcical that Dan Rather's hand-picked CBS
News management persisted for so long against the facts, especially considering
that it condemns politicians when they do the exact same thing.

Twenty Things CBS Won't Apologize For


--More than likely, any CBS "apology" is going to be very tempered and
likely reiterate previous network statements that "no one has challenged
the content of our report." This is flatly false. A number of people have
criticized CBS's reporting including the White House, President Bush's father,
the Killian family, Ben Barnes's daughter Amy Barnes Stites, as well as several
of Bush's former associates including Col. Walter Staudt, Col. Bobby Hodges, as
well as Bush's roommate Dean Roome. These Bush for years.

We hope, but are not expecting, that the network will also apologize for the

1. Failing to use the best document experts it could find,

2. Hiring a signature expert to look at a copied document when he himself said
earlier that doing such a thing was foolish,

3. Ignoring and lying about the testimony of those it did hire,

4. Failing to interview Marian Knox as well as the others listed above,

5. Not interviewing anyone directly connected with Lt. Col Killian,

6. Not informing viewers that Staudt had retired a year-and-a-half before the
time he was supposedly trying to help "sugarcoat" Bush's record,

7. Failing to inform viewers that not a single verified document signed by
Killian or his fellow officers during the time period used the typographical
techniques used in the CBS Memos,

8. Not mentioning Ben Barnes's partisan background enough,

9. Not disclosing the 30-year friendship of the two Texas Democrats Barnes and

10. Failing to even know who producer Mary Mapes's document source was before
the broadcast,

11. Dishonestly impugning the motives of critics,

12. Using its news broadcasts to defend a bad report instead of examining how it
could be wrong,

13. Never once featuring a single document expert on the air who doubted CBS's

14. Putting total non-experts on the air to spin the preferred
"authentic" line even though CBS would not allow them to see its

15. Not mentioning that Killian never kept notes and hated to type,

16. Failing to provide the public with copies of the documents as close as
possible to the ones CBS obtained,

17. Not finding out if the office in which Killian worked even had a typewriter
capable of duplicating most of the complex formatting used in the CBS documents
(it did not),

18. Using the testimony of a vehemently anti-Bush author to prove its case and
simply referring to him as an author who "wrote two books on the

19. Failing to inform viewers that its document source was someone who hated
George Bush,

20. Not telling viewers that one of its key (if not the key) sources was a man
known to be mentally unstable and one who has lodged false accusations against
Bush for years.

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