(would prefer both, but will settle for one or the other)
The great things about conspiracy theories is they're fun and almost always impossible to disprove. Of course CBS producer Mary Mapes didn't have a political agenda; and obviously Democrat Bill Burkett was duped by Karl Rove, who Jedi mindtricked the Kerry campaign into calling Burkett; and at no time during his conversation with Burkett did Joe Lockhart discuss Bush's National Guard service.No, it's clear that the CBS news gang did not trample its journalistic standards in the rush for a story they thought would hurt Bush. That's just crazy talk, overly simplistic, and no fun (for Democrats, that is).
Whether CBS should have aired the story is its own matter, and I have no idea with the Joe Lockhart conversation. He says that Burkett called him. Who knows. I guess what I'm asking is, why would someone go to the trouble and try to create and pass off documents that mimic the real ones (which the secretary says they do) but are obviously not authentic? And if Joe Lockhart were going to seek out forgeries to trick Dan Rather, couldn't he have done a better job?
Dude, you don't really think Republicans are behind this, do you? That Rove set up Burkett and CBS? Seriously. Don't go all Michael Moore on me. CBS screwed up when they trusted a source with a well known beef against Bush, and they got burned. Neither Bush nor Kerry were helped or hurt by the scandal. In fact, polls suggest the public is tired of all the Vietnam talk.
I don't know who to believe yet, but do you really believe that Karl Rove wouldn't try and burn someone who is a political enemy and who is one of the closest links to this whole story? A story he has had to continually fight for 15 years? I know that in the grand scheme, the story really isn't that important, but I just haven't heard a good explanation for who made up the docs and why.
I can honestly say that this is one thing I have not paid to terribly much attention to. I am kind of happy about that too.
No, I don't believe Rove is behind the bogus memos. Even if he were, it doesn't explain or excuse the shoddy journalism of CBS. Or maybe Rove used the media's liberal bias to benefit the Republicans for a change. Yes! That's it! Rove counted on CBS running with the story without first nailing it down because it seemingly hurt Bush! "Exxxcellent, Smithers. It's all going according to plan."
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