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September 20, 2004

Burkett: "I Warned CBS To Authenticate Docs, and That They Might Not Be Real"

Everything about this story was worse than it seeemed, even if you thought it was all pretty shoddy to begin with.

And lest you say "Gee, he's an unhinged man with a now-admitted record of lying, why should we believe what he says about CBS any more than what he says about Bush?," bear in mind that Burkett made this claim in an interview with Dan Rather himself:

"Before I gave up any documents I wanted to know what you were going to do with them," Burkett told CBS anchorman Dan Rather. "And I insisted that they be authenticated."

Rather admitted that CBS had failed to heed their primary source's warning.

I'm a little suspicious of that Newsmax statement of Rather's "admission" -- why not just use the man's actual words? -- but it doesn't seem as if Rather argued the point with Burkett.

The source for the documents warned they might not be real, but Dan Rather put them on the air, and then defended them for two weeks anyway.


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