Wednesday, September 15, 2004

CBS 2 Chicago Turning on Network?

CBS 2 Chicago has a report here that seems to support the accusation that the Rathergate memos were forged. No conclusions are drawn, but a clear contrast is made between the number of experts and witnesses that have collectively criticized the memos as forgeries and the monolithic authoritarian response from the network. They present quotes from two document authenticators -- Emily Will and Linda James -- who were hired by CBS to investigate the memos, and who both strongly cautioned CBS that the documents were unauthenticatable (is that a word?). Killian's secretary is also quoted, as well as Matley and California Congressman Chris Cox. The "Forged memos, but true content" angle is suggested at the end of the article.

I don't see any AP mention, so this seems to be CBS 2's own story, taking a position against Rather. Any thoughts?

UPDATE: Just saw the AP mention: "The Associated Press contributed to this report." Not sure what that means. CBS does claim rights to the story: "© 2004 CBS Worldwide Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."

UPDATE: Mike from Rathergate got back to me:


Thanks for the link - FYI - it was a national CBS story this morning

I guess I missed that. Does this indicate that the network is moving toward an apology, and an admission that the memos are forgery?

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