Monday, September 20, 2004

CBS, the Democrats and a Conspiracy To Take Down A President

Today's developments in the CBS fake documents scandal are almost unbelievable. This morning CBS issued one of the weakest non-apology statements in the history of big media scandals and retractions. Read the text if the statement here. Basically it is a non denial denial. The acknowledgment by CBS that the documents are fake is the least important development. Later this afternoon the Drudge Report revealed that the Bush Administration is considering not allowing Bob Schieffer to moderate the debate he was scheduled to moderate.

Then the blockbuster. The AP has reported tonight that Joe Lockhart has admitted to speaking to Bill Burkett, the man CBS News claimed provided the fake documents, at the BEHEST of CBS. The AP report in full:

NEW YORK - At the behest of CBS, an adviser to John Kerry said he talked to a central figure in the controversy over President Bush's National Guard service shortly before disputed documents were released.

Joe Lockhart denied any connection between the presidential campaign and the papers. Lockhart, the second Kerry ally to confirm contact with retired Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, said he made the call at the suggestion of CBS producer Mary Mapes.

"He had some advice on how to deal with the Vietnam issue and the Swift boat" allegations, Lockhart said Monday, referring to GOP-fueled accusations that Kerry exaggerated his Vietnam War record. "He said these guys play tough and we have to put the Vietnam experience into context and have Kerry talk about it more."

Lockhart said he thanked Burkett for his advice after a three to four minute call.

Lockhart said he does not recall talking to Burkett about Bush's Guard records. "It's baseless to say the Kerry campaign had anything to do with this," he said.

CBS News apologized Monday for a "mistake in judgment" in its story questioning Bush's Guard service, claiming it was misled by the source of documents that several experts have dismissed as fakes.

Burkett admitted this weekend to CBS that he lied about obtaining the documents from another former National Guard member, the network said. CBS hasn't been able to conclusively tell how he got them, or even whether they're fakes or not.

Kerry ally Max Cleland, a former Georgia senator, also said he had a brief conversation last month with Burkett, who told him he had information about Bush to counter charges against Kerry's Vietnam War service. Cleland said he gave Burkett's name and phone number to the campaign's research department.

Kerry spokesman David Ginsberg said nobody in the campaign's research department followed up on Burkett's offer of information.

Lockhart said Mapes asked him the weekend before the story broke to call Burkett. "She basically said there's a guy who is being helpful on the story who wants to talk to you," Lockhart said, adding that it was common knowledge that CBS was working on a story raising questions about Bush's Guard service. Mapes told him there were some records "that might move the story forward. She didn't tell me what they said."

Let's review the last paragraph again. Joe Lockhart stated that Mary Mapes asked him to contact Burkett before the story broke. She told him that there is "a guy that is being helpful on the story and he wants to talk to you." There it is, absolute collusion between a major network and the Democratic party. CBS was advising the Kerry Campaign on how to combat the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

For years the media elite and the liberals have railed against the idea that their is a liberal bias in the media. We now have evidence not just of bias, but of collusion.

The story is huge. It has the potential to not only rock the world of network news, finally and forever changing the way Americans view broadcast news, but it has the potential to have a huge impact on the race for President. The link between the Kerry Campaign and the forged documents is real and it has been exposed. The American people will be made aware of the link and they will reject the politics behind it.

The next question that needs to be answered is why Joe Lockhart, a former adviser to President Clinton who recently joined the Kerry Campaign would volunteer such obviously damaging information to the media?

Be sure to check the current posts for updates.