CBS, in rushing to air the now discredited anti-Bush National Guard documents, issued an embarrassing apology.
...I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find that we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where -- if I knew then what I know now -- I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question. But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry....
The matter grows curiouser and curiouser. Longtime George W. Bush nemesis, retired Texas Army National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, provided "60 Minutes" with the documents. Where did Burkett get them? He initially told CBS and USA Today they came from George Conn, a former Texas National Guard colleague who works for the U.S. Army in Europe. He now says he lied, and that the source is a "Lucy Ramirez." But USA Today says when Burkett arranged a pickup rendezvous with "Lucy Ramirez," a man appeared, handed him an envelope and walked away.
Sounds like a scene from "Get Smart."
Bernard Goldberg, author of the books "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News" and "Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite," spent 28 years at CBS. He called Rathergate "inevitable," a product of liberal groupthink and a predisposition to believe the worst in Republicans.
Well, at least, nobody's been arrested -- so far. Consider the plight of an anti-Bushie from the state of Washington:
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