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More Bad News For Dan Rather


The Washington Times reports on the CBS memos:

“They’re forged as hell,” said Earl W. Lively, 76, who during the era in question was director of Texas Air National Guard operations in Austin.

Mr. Lively said he had proof that Col. Walter “Buck” Staudt — who supposedly forced an underling to favorably alter reports on Mr. Bush’s activities as a member of the Guard in the early 1970s — had been honorably discharged nearly 18 months before the date of the memos, purportedly written by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian.

And this from the Dallas Morning News:

A former Texas Air National Guard general relied upon by CBS News to support the authenticity of memos about President Bush’s military service said he never saw the memos before the show aired, and that he doesn’t now believe they are authentic. Retired Maj. Gen. Bobby Hodges of Arlington also said that one of the memos’ references to undue pressure to “sugar coat” Mr. Bush’s evaluations rings false. He said Col. Walter “Buck” Staudt did not interfere in Guard affairs after his retirement, 18 months before the date on the disputed memo.
At CBS, the “C” certainly doesn’t stand for “credibility.”


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