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June 03, 2005

Rather Accuses Boccardi-Thornburgh Panel of "Conservative" Bias

After allowing that his own "shortcomings" contributed to his errors, he goes on to accuse his critics of bias, and suggests (shock!) yet again that those documents may be real after all:

Rather was accused by the investigators -- retired Associated Press chief Louis Boccardi and former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh -- of erring by staunchly defending the segment after the authenticity of the documents came under fire.

The veteran newsman told King that he considered both men conservative, and therefore not totally unbiased, in the probe. However, when asked whether Republicans set him up, Rather declined to respond.

"I've always tried to be an independent reporter. If you do that, not everyone's going to like you," he said.

"I won't say that anybody was out to get us. Clearly, there are some people -- for their own partisan, political and ideological reasons -- who want to jump on people who they perceive to be not with them."

Hmmmm... I think George Bush must've been thinking the same thing when these ridiculous forgeries were run on 60 Minutes II.

And still he clings to the "they might be real" out permitted him by the "conservatively biased" Boccardi-Thornburgh report's cowardly failure to state definitively what every one else knows (i.e., they were fake):

"The situation we had and still have is the last line of this hasn't been written. I've acknowledged that we didn't do it perfectly. I wish we had."

The last line was written, Dan. They're frauds, and so are you.

Thanks for the tip to Chickpea.

Great Point: RCL notes that the MSM is forever claiming their professional bona fides as trained journalists allow them to repress any biases they may have and deliver the news straight and fair and balanced.

Okay-- but Boccardi is a professional journalist. How come Dan Rather thinks that this one journalist can't similarly put aside his biases?

Well, I guess, 1, because he's "conservative" (ha, ha, ha) and 2, because he scolded Dan Rather.

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