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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
It’s been nearly 3 1/2 months since former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired Associated Press chief executive Louis D. Boccardi were named to an independent panel to investigate the “60 Minutes” story that used forged documents to allege Bush shirked his duties when in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s.
The panel was named Sept. 22, 14 days after the story aired and two days after Rather finally stopped denying that the documents were bogus and admitted the story was a mistake. The probe was supposed to get at how the story came to be.
In most newsrooms, that would take about 14 minutes, not 14 weeks, and those involved would by now have found new employment in the food-service or hospitality industry.
Inasmuch as weeks are a component of months, Heyward’s statement could possibly be considered “fake, but true”.