Friday, September 24, 2004

Next Time He'll Talk to Bob Novak 

Bob Burkett is hoping to pursue a defamation suit against CBS:
Burkett is angry with CBS and anchor Dan Rather for disclosing his identity after promising him anonymity, his current attorney, Gabriel Quintanilla, said yesterday. Quintanilla said Burkett's life had become "pure hell" since Monday, when Rather disclosed on the "CBS Evening News" that Burkett was the network's confidential and "unimpeachable" source for the controversial documents.
In other news, the network announced that it will indefinitely postpone the 60 Minutes segment that was bumped for Burkett's memo "scoop" -- an investigation into the forged Niger yellowcake documents that Bush used to justify the invasion of Iraq. CBS has "concluded that it could not legitimately criticize the president because of the questions about the National Guard report":
"We now believe it would be inappropriate to air the report so close to the presidential election," the spokeswoman, Kelli Edwards, said in a statement.
In other words, both sets of forgeries redound to Bush's credit: the ones that fooled CBS preclude examination of the ones that fooled Congress.

We wish to congratulate the proud heirs of Edward R. Murrow for realizing that voters might be influenced by the truth, should it be aired, and for striving to avert such an unpleasant eventuality by any means at their disposal.

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