September 21, 2004
In a statement reminiscent of many similar statements made by government officials, the once great CBS news division has stopped stonewalling and announced that the documents were fake.
No less a figure than anchor Dan Rather, who has steadfastly assured his dwindling audience that he stood by the documents as genuine and the reporting as correct, now admits “a mistake in judgment.”
I wonder if Rather expects the same understanding he gave President Bush who said no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq?
I doubt it, because being a big time network journalist means almost never having to say you are sorry.
If it had not been for cable TV and Internet bloggers, this unusual statement would never have been forced out of CBS.
The big question now is where did the forged documents come from and who forged them?
That is a question not only CBS News should be asking, because criminality could well be involved here.
This was an attempt to bring down a president and CBS was a willing co-conspirator.
Now let’s see if they go after the source and see where it leads. Cable TV and the bloggers will.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.