September 9, 2004

Red Faces at CBS

This story shows CBS's claim to have submitted the documents to an expert was probably false:
"CBS News released a statement yesterday standing by its reporting, saying that each of the documents 'was thoroughly vetted by independent experts and we are convinced of their authenticity.' The statement added that CBS reporters had verified the documents by talking to unidentified individuals who saw them 'at the time they were written.'

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A senior CBS official, who asked not to be named because CBS managers did not want to go beyond their official statement, named one of the network's sources as retired Maj. Gen. Bobby W. Hodges, the immediate superior of the documents' alleged author, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian. He said that a CBS reporter read the documents to Hodges over the phone, and that Hodges replied that 'these are the things that Killian had expressed to me at the time.'

A total retreat. Consulting a source is not the same as consulting an expert, now, is it, Dan?

Gales of hysterical laughter.

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