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Bull Shine


In an interview dated August 30th of this year, Dan Rather told Broadcasting & Cable magazine: “Ethical and principled reporters should come to campaigns trying to separate brass tacks from bull shine.”

Someone might have mentioned to Mr. Rather that a key “bull shine” indicator is when a document arrives anonymously from a Kinko’s and is found not to be authentic by at least two of the five experts you hire to analyze it.

Actually, the entire B & C interview is deliciously filled with unintended ironies and embarrassing self-parody. Rather tells the interviewer that there’s too much coverage of the candidates’ 1970s activities (“In the end, what difference does it make what one candidate or the other did or didn’t do during the Vietnam War?”). Of course, this is just two weeks before he and CBS “break” the Bush/National Guard story.