Tuesday, September 14, 2004

How to get burnt in the press game

Okay, it's pretty obvious by now that those stunning "60 Minutes" Bush/Texas ANG documents are fradulent. Incorrect nomenclature. Formatting differences. People who CBS claimed "verified" the docs actually didn't. Matley is saying he couldn't prove them authentic. I mean, their "big gun" on the news was Bill Glennon, an IT consultant. He had to admit that he is not a document expert and couln't vouch for the authenticicty of the memos.

But the big thing was that CBS wouldn't give him copies to look at. He had to review the docs online.

Why is CBS so secretive over these "unimpeachable" documents? My guess: they never did proper due dilligence. They got them from a source and instead of doing the right thing (which would be making sure they were the goods and determining where they originated), they rushed them out into the public. And now they are paying for it.

So who gave CBS these documents? The first people that come to mind is the Kerry campaign. Now, this is pure speculation, but it would make sense. Give them to CBS, let them verify and bust the story open. It would also explain why CBS cannot/will not identify their source, even with all the doubts of the memos authenticity. Which is surprising b/c in the journalism field, it's understood that if a source screws you, you can give that guy up. But if it was the Kerry campaign...ya, I wouldn't want to admit that either.

So what went wrong? My opinion can be summed up in two words: Karl Rove.

I think this is one of the most underhanded-yet-brilliant oppo jobs in recent political history. By "leaking" these memos to the Kerry gang, he sets in motion a chain of events that:

So Rove pulled off an impressive trifecta, IMO. Shame it's going to benefit such an incompetent boob like Bush. Would it kill the Democrats to find one person who knows what they are doing in politics? And no, Grasso, Carville and Belaga are not the answer.
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