Monday, September 13, 2004

CBS Stands Alone

How much worse can it get for Dan Rather? Even USA Today, not exactly a right wing paper, suggests that the Bush memos are fake!

Also, William Safire puts in his two cents. How much longer can CBS stonewall this issue?
The Washington Post reported Dan Rather's response to questions about the documents' authenticity: "Until someone shows me definitive proof that they are not, I don't see any reason to carry on a conversation with the professional rumor mill" and questioned the critics' "motivation."
To shut up sources and impugn the motives of serious critics - from opinionated bloggers to straight journalists - demeans the Murrow tradition. Nor is any angry demand that others prove them wrong acceptable, especially when no original documents are available to prove anything. ... Hey, Dan: On this, recognize the preponderance of doubt. Call for a panel of old CBS hands and independent editors to re-examine sources and papers. Courage.
"Professional rumor mill?" Where's my check?