And then there is Tuesday's New York Times article that cautiously foretells the impending implosion at CBS News over Rathergate: "CBS Offers New Experts to Support Guard Memos":
Several CBS correspondents said in interviews that such developments were making them increasingly nervous ... A longtime correspondent said flatly, "I'm distressed."But this is the paragraph that really caught my attention:
The memos indicated that Mr. Bush had failed to take a physical against orders and that Colonel Killian was being pressured to "sugarcoat" his performance rating because Mr. Bush, whose father was then a Texas congressman, was "talking to somebody upstairs."Actually, no. The memos in question were purportedly dated 1972-73. Bush was in Congress only from 1967-1971. Here is what the Biography of George Herbert Walker Bush from his presidential library has to say about the relevant time period:
During the 1970's, Mr. Bush held a number of important leadership positions. In 1971, he was named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He served there until 1973, when he became Chairman of the Republican National Committee.But don't pay attention to me. I'm not the Newspaper of Record with a team of editors and fact-checkers. I'm not even "a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas".
I'm in my basement home office. In my underwear!
UPDATE: The major media seem to be caught in the clutches of an epidemic of George H.W. Bush Congressional Term Distortion Fever. Many more case have been sighted, herePosted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 13, 2004 11:11 PM