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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
The Washington Post’s Tom Shales attempts some Rathergate revisionism:
The major flaw of the original story was that documents used to support its allegations were not thoroughly verified. Rather likes to think of himself as a “reporter-anchor,” but he hardly has the time to go rummaging through files and halls of records to check on the authenticity of documents that are decades old.
Shales misses the point; those documents weren’t decades old. And it took Buckhead just a few hours to realise this. (Incidentally, “rummaging through files and halls of records” is what reporters do. Especially when researching a story that could derail the Presidency. Was nobody else available at CBS to help busy Dan? Or is CBS a one-man operation, kind of like … a blog?)
All this has been argued to death and could be argued until doomsday. One of the sad things about it is that it gave the right wing, which has had its sights on Rather for years now, something to cheer and dance in the streets about.
You want dancing, Shales? You want cheering? The left, which has had its sights on George W. Bush for years now, was cheering and dancing in anticipation of Rather’s bogus report. Here’s Michael Moore, dancing up a storm:
Later today (Wed.), the Boston Globe, the A.P. and Dan Rather all present new and damning information about how George W. Bush got moved to the front of the line to get in the Texas Air National Guard, and how he then went AWOL. I am putting every ounce of trust I have in my fellow Americans that a majority of them get this, get the injustice of it all, and get the sad, sick twisted irony of how it relates very, very much to our precious Election 2004.
That hopeful post has since been deleted from Moore’s archives. In fact, his entire blog has been scrubbed. Mike Moore is vanishing!
UPDATE. Tim Graham:
Shales should never again be allowed to claim someone has squandered their chance to ask a newsmaker the tough questions, because he clearly asked Rather nothing more than how sad he feels that his anchoring career was tragically cut short by the haters.
- Mikey Moore Vanishing! What a welcoming thought. I hope the democrats are proud of their little boy.Posted by Abu Qa’Qa on 03/09 at 09:40 AM • #
All this has been argued to death and could be argued until doomsday
No, Tom, it’ll just be argued until the people who are trying to get you to admit that the the documents are obvious forgeries get tired of arguing with you.
Which I’m surprised hasn’t happened already. Are you sure you’re not just imagining some contemporaneous argumentation going on?
Shales is using his column to troll the blogs, that has to be it.
- IT’s Michael Moore’s last act of malice… the removal of that much shade from the surface of the earth could contribute significantly to climate change!Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/09 at 10:14 AM • #
- Tom Shales is a stupid sack of poop. He’s just another reason why I refuse to waste my money to subscribe to that rag of a newspaper. He’s been spouting this line about Dan Rather and “Rathergate” for quite some time:
The report was attacked virtually the moment it aired on “60 Minutes”; documents used to bolster the allegations were condemned by conservative critics as phony and forged, though no forging has yet been proved.Posted by Bucky Katt on 03/09 at 10:58 AM • #
- Berkeley, Calif (Reuters)—Today, environmental activists announced alarming new news – Global Mooring.
“It’s obvious, and it gets worse every day,” said Parker Gadsby, twelfth-year student at the Community College of the Humanities. “Michael Moore is slowly receding.”
According to records leaked from a Jenny Craig office in Modesto, California, Moore has shed 26 pounds since Election Day 2004, much of it in sincere tears of anguish. “We also thought he was sweating blood,” said a spokesman on condition of anonymity, “but it turned out that it was just A-1 sauce.”
“We are naturally alarmed,” Gadsby continued, taking time out from stencilling a protest sign to sniff at the fumes from the spray paint. “We have to act now to prevent the guy from completely disappearing.”
Some observers say that this is not nearly a crisis, as at the current rate of reduction, there are still enough reserves of Moore to last until 2026. But Gadsby disagreed, saying, “The science is beyond dispute, and waiting will only make it worse.”
“BEYOND DISPUTE, I SAY,” he repeated, jabbing at reporters with the pole of his sign.
The sign, which read “Down With Big Macs,” was intended for a rally and viewing of the film “Super-Size Me.”
- Ah, yes, the sound of “Event Horizon” Moore receding into the trash can of history. It’s wonderful.
Imperial KeeperPosted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 03/09 at 02:01 PM • #
- The worst was when Shales backed up Rather on that whole “water isn’t wet” thing. That’s loyalty!Posted by Jim Treacher on 03/09 at 03:01 PM • #