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September 15, 2004

As Predicted: CBS News Executes Plan B

Dan Rather says:

"The truth of these documents lies in the signatures and in the content, not just the typeface and the font-style. Let me emphasize once again, these are not exact sciences. Not like DNA or fingerprints."

He is not-very-skillfully attempting to downplay the actual documents, in favor of a discussion of "their contents." In other words-- the documents may be forged, but they were forged to tell "the truth."

As many correspondents here have noted: This was also claimed by many in the liberal media in response to Fahrenheit 9-11. Sure, the film may be technically dishonest and misleading in parts; but that dishonesty is in service of a "higher truth."

Apparently CBS News will now expressly be pursuing "the higher truth" and de-emphasizing trivial "facts" and "verifiable evidence."

I have to say again: I did not seriously believe anyone would dare make such an argument a couple of days ago when I rhetorically postulated that this would be the next step.

But a week ago, I didn't believe a lot things I now understand to be the case.

As I've said, the epitaph of this story will be Everything was much worse than it seemed, even if you thought it was all pretty shoddy to begin with.

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