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Secret Plans, Haliburton, Bush Lied

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

Kerry went on the attack today. Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my.


“With all due respect to the president, has he turned on the evening news lately? Does he read the newspapers?” Kerry said. “Does he really know what’s happening? Is he talking about the same war that the rest of us are talking about?”

As Jim Geraghty from the Kerry Spot asks:

Is this really the right week for Kerry to criticize Bush for not watching the “evening news”?

Good question…heh heh heh.

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ABCNEWS.com : Guard Officer Denies Seeking Help for Bush

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

Been waiting for this shoe to drop.

Retired Col. Walter Staudt, who was brigadier general of Bush’s unit in Texas, interviewed Bush for the Guard position and retired in March 1972. He was mentioned in one of the memos allegedly written by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian as having pressured Killian to assist Bush, though Bush supposedly was not meeting Guard standards.

“I never pressured anybody about George Bush because I had no reason to,” Staudt told ABC News in his first interview since the documents were made public.

The memo stated that “Staudt is pushing to sugar coat” a review of Bush’s performance.

Staudt said he decided to come forward because he saw erroneous reports on television. CBS News first reported on the memos, which have come under scrutiny by document experts who question whether they are authentic. Killian, the purported author of the documents, died in 1984.

And, to add to the pile on, this from The Chicago Tribune:

That officer’s former secretary says she thinks the memos are fakes, but that they reflect the officer’s thinking. On Wednesday, Rather finally acknowledged questions about the memos’ authenticity–but insisted the sentiment they conveyed was correct. As if to say: This just in! We think George W. Bush got special treatment!

Nice try, but that charge is old news. The new news was CBS’ “Gotcha!” memos. The fact that Adolf Hitler allegedly had thoughts similar to some in those long discredited “Hitler’s diaries” doesn’t make them more than sleazy frauds.

The president of CBS News now says the network will “redouble its efforts” to investigate the documents. The time to do that was before the story aired. And some journalists wonder why many Americans think we’re biased, arrogant and inaccurate. The burden of proof here was on Rather and Co. If they did ignore warnings from experts, they hurt a lot of honest reporters.

News organizations that relied in part on CBS’ story–the Tribune included–put some faith in CBS News’ credibility. Only to learn that the network may have had its trademark eye wide shut.



This would all be a lot of fun if it wasn’t so terribly, terribly sad.

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Possible Saddam-Al Qaeda Link Seen in U.N. Oil-for-Food Program

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

The connections are there, and growing. Claudia Rosett has been following this story and the North Korea tragedy for some time now. Worth reading.

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Alan Keyes on WYLL-AM 1160 Chicago

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

Alan Keyes is currently doing a townhall meeting on a local Christian radio station.

Very interesting stuff.

I’ve sorta discounted Dr. Keyes, but will give him a 2nd look.

Not sure if this show can be listened to from their archives, but here’s the link just in case.

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Secret Plans, Haliburton, Bush Lied

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

Kerry went on the attack today. Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my.

“With all due respect to the president, has he turned on the evening news lately? Does he read the newspapers?” Kerry said. “Does he really know what’s happening? Is he talking about the same war that the rest of us are talking about?”

As Jim Geraghty from the Kerry Spot asks:

Is this really the right week for Kerry to criticize Bush for not watching the “evening news”?

Good question…heh heh heh.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

ABCNEWS.com : Guard Officer Denies Seeking Help for Bush

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

Been waiting for this shoe to drop.

Retired Col. Walter Staudt, who was brigadier general of Bush’s unit in Texas, interviewed Bush for the Guard position and retired in March 1972. He was mentioned in one of the memos allegedly written by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian as having pressured Killian to assist Bush, though Bush supposedly was not meeting Guard standards.

“I never pressured anybody about George Bush because I had no reason to,” Staudt told ABC News in his first interview since the documents were made public.

The memo stated that “Staudt is pushing to sugar coat” a review of Bush’s performance.

Staudt said he decided to come forward because he saw erroneous reports on television. CBS News first reported on the memos, which have come under scrutiny by document experts who question whether they are authentic. Killian, the purported author of the documents, died in 1984.

And, to add to the pile on, this from The Chicago Tribune:

That officer’s former secretary says she thinks the memos are fakes, but that they reflect the officer’s thinking. On Wednesday, Rather finally acknowledged questions about the memos’ authenticity–but insisted the sentiment they conveyed was correct. As if to say: This just in! We think George W. Bush got special treatment!

Nice try, but that charge is old news. The new news was CBS’ “Gotcha!” memos. The fact that Adolf Hitler allegedly had thoughts similar to some in those long discredited “Hitler’s diaries” doesn’t make them more than sleazy frauds.

The president of CBS News now says the network will “redouble its efforts” to investigate the documents. The time to do that was before the story aired. And some journalists wonder why many Americans think we’re biased, arrogant and inaccurate. The burden of proof here was on Rather and Co. If they did ignore warnings from experts, they hurt a lot of honest reporters.

News organizations that relied in part on CBS’ story–the Tribune included–put some faith in CBS News’ credibility. Only to learn that the network may have had its trademark eye wide shut.

This would all be a lot of fun if it wasn’t so terribly, terribly sad.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Possible Saddam-Al Qaeda Link Seen in U.N. Oil-for-Food Program

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

The connections are there, and growing. Claudia Rosett has been following this story and the North Korea tragedy for some time now. Worth reading.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Alan Keyes on WYLL-AM 1160 Chicago

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

Alan Keyes is currently doing a townhall meeting on a local Christian radio station.
Very interesting stuff.
I’ve sorta discounted Dr. Keyes, but will give him a 2nd look.
Not sure if this show can be listened to from their archives, but here’s the link just in case.

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Bernard Goldberg on C-bs

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

Off to the doctor, but wanted to get this up. Noone is a better source on media bias than Bernard Goldberg.

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The Mainstream Talking Points

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2004

This weekend, as there will be no ongoing hurricane coverage, the Mainstream Media will turn its focus to the current Democratic talking point, Vietnam..er…Iraq.

They will tell you how we are currently seeing a “slow rolling Tet offensive,” and mimic John Kerry’s harangue of losing the war.

Tet was a military victory for the United States. It was a political and media victory for the Communists.

This may feel like familiar ground for Kerry and company, and their friends in The Media. They struggled mightily last week to talk down the economy. This week, they will try the same thing with the Iraqi front of World War IV.

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