September 16, 2004


Talk show host Kevin McCullough reports:

JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH ABILENE KINKOS: Bill Burkett has a standing account with the Kinkos in Abilene Texas, and while the lady who answered the phone would not be more specific she did say Burkett was in there last week....

Meanwhile, Dan Rather muses about a new career as a blogger:

"If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story," Rather said in an interview last night.

If that doesn’t work out, he can always move to Australia. In the interview linked above, Rather continues his journey towards madness:

"This is not about me," Rather said before anchoring last night's newscast. "I recognize that those who didn't want the information out and tried to discredit the story are trying to make it about me, and I accept that."

Rather said he was "relieved and pleased" by Knox's comments that the disputed memos reflected Killian's view of the favorable treatment that Bush received in the military unit. But he said, "I take very seriously her belief that the documents are not authentic." If Knox is right, Rather said, the public "won't hear about it from a spokesman. They'll learn it from me."

But he also delivered a message to "our journalistic competitors," including The Washington Post and rival networks: "Instead of asking President Bush and his staff questions about what is true and not true about the president's military service, they ask me questions: 'How do you know this and that about the documents?' "

Life is so unfair. Dan tries to bring down a President with some fake documents, and all these stupid people want to do is talk about the fake documents when the real story is the crucial information contained ... in the fake documents.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 16, 2004 03:21 PM

Sorry Kenneth, you're a bit late - the story "broke" a week ago.

Posted by: George at September 16, 2004 at 03:26 PM

"Well, yeah, the memos are fake - but what about what they say?"

Un. Be. Lievable

Posted by: mojo at September 16, 2004 at 03:28 PM

Ugh, Rather in Pajamas. If that doesnt make you jam knitting needles in you eyes, youre all ready blind.

Posted by: Frank Martin at September 16, 2004 at 03:34 PM

Hang on! If we follow those planets, we'll reach Planet X!

Posted by: murph at September 16, 2004 at 03:35 PM

Abilene being just up the road....I hope to get our cracked Blogger Investigative Team to Kinko's to join in the media frenzy.

Posted by: Wallace-Midland, Texas at September 16, 2004 at 03:59 PM

Love the motto Murph. "The three rules of journalism: make it juicy, make it brief, make it up"

I think I'll use them as my work ethics. Bet I'll get some attention from the boss then!

Posted by: Lofty at September 16, 2004 at 04:30 PM

Do we really need another self-righteous git on TV over here ? We already have Richard Carleton

Posted by: Johnny Wishbone at September 16, 2004 at 05:06 PM

Other stories Rather hopes to break:

Francisco Franco still dead
Water sometimes moist (Mapes still running this down)
Grant, wife buried in Grant's tomb

Posted by: Ernst Blofeld at September 16, 2004 at 05:15 PM

Oh, I love this! Have you seen the official signed statement by CBS' newest document "expert?" It is unintentionally hilarious! To wit:

"In regard to the balance of the typed-written photocopied questioned documents, the same typed-face designs are strongly similar to corresponding samples that indicate the same typed-face existed prior to the date in question on the photocopied documents."

CBS is now defending itself from charges of using forged documents by quoting a supposed "questioned document" expert who does not know how to use the word 'typeface!' That's like hiring a baseball expert who prattles on about the historical consistency of the stitching on a "fowl ball."

FYI, Google hits for the word "typeface:" 450,000.
Google hits for the word "typed-face:" 69.
Schadenfreude: priceless.

Posted by: Deus Ex Macrame at September 16, 2004 at 05:30 PM

"[J]ourney toward madness"? Dude, he reached his destination long ago -- at this point, he's just doing donuts in the lawn.

A few years ago, I had a roommate who prefered the CBS evening news because every once in a while, Rather would say something outlandish. It was more interesting than listening to Brokaw or the other guy. Like Kent Brockman.

Posted by: Steven Jens at September 16, 2004 at 05:37 PM

Burkett is not a man firmly grounded in objective reality. He believes, apparently in all seriousness, that W wants to make himself king. Here it is

Posted by: Max at September 16, 2004 at 08:55 PM

Sorry about that, here is the link to Burkett's madness inBurkett's own words. Enjoy.

Posted by: Max at September 16, 2004 at 09:16 PM

I went to the reckersau.blogspot you have linked there, and noticed the shoddy biased coverage of a good proportion of the australian press.
Luckily I have the www..... geesh. what a bad show - they are working overtime to lie about whats going on in american politics to the australian people. Talk about control
its not about freedom of press, its about giving the press freedom to dominate control and manipulate us with whatever lies they are taken up with. The current fashion is to push the 'hate bush' agenda for reasons I cannot quite fathom.

And people are taken in because they are basically TRUSTING.

News about the bloggers and the machinations of Dan Rather might shatter that illusion that President Bush is the villian.

People might start to think. Perhaps thats why they are suppressing it.

Is that too harsh a word? 'ignoring' it then?

"A Sydney Morning Herald story: Typewriting blurs attack on military files of President, (credited to The Washington Post) is the only Australian newspaper piece Google News could find that is entirely about the memos and if they were forgeries but there are no references to the bloggers that broke the story."

Posted by: dawn at September 16, 2004 at 11:14 PM

I just read the so called report in the australian. At this url,5744,10772519%5E401,00.html
(how does one put it in a post?)

what a bunch of ill researched misleading rubbish..

Neither does it care to mention that sharon Bush, Kitty Cats source says she never even said that about the cocaine. It was a fiction created in kittys sordid mind.

I was hard pressed to find any truth whatsoever in it.

This is a real scandal breaking regarding Memogate, bigger than Trousergate; now traced to Kinkos Texas wherever that is. Where it was faxed from.

Luckily they were faxed and not personally sent in Bergers pants with Ted Kennedys wet prints still smeared on them.

what sort of sorry excuses for journalists are working at the australian then?

Most Australians not checking the web are missing all the fun.

Posted by: dawn at September 16, 2004 at 11:44 PM

We've BEEN asking him how he knows "this and that about the documents," and got called "the professional rumor mill" (can that be done in pajamas?) for our presumptious unwillingness to accept the Word of Dan.

Posted by: OH Boy at September 17, 2004 at 01:01 AM

My favorite anagram in the world: Dan Rather, "had ranter."

He sure is, folks. He sure is.

Posted by: Brian Jones at September 17, 2004 at 01:08 AM

One could almost --- almost --- feel sorry for Dan Rather. He thought he was going to have the scoop of a lifetime, bring down a president, and seal his place in journalist history right up there with Woodward and Bernstein. Problem is, he was breathing so hard, he forgot to fact-check his story, and it bit him in the ass and shook him like a wet, chewed-up rawhide bone. Poor Dan. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Posted by: Rebecca at September 17, 2004 at 04:15 AM