September 13, 2004

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Those Discredited Memos

Safire 'puts his arm around Rather' and says: Check it out Dan.

Rather commented on Friday to the effect that until someone comes forward with solid evidence showing the documents to be forgeries that he won't answer his critics. Safire says:

"To shut up sources and impugn the motives of serious critics - from opinionated bloggers to straight journalists - demeans the Murrow tradition. Nor is any angry demand that others prove them wrong acceptable, especially when no original documents are available to prove anything."

Dan Rather's credibility is gone and a great deal of CBS News' with it. In their business, it only takes one massive screw up to lose reputation. This may be it, particularly since Rather and CBS have been left-leaning for so long. To attack the President with possibly false documents is amateurish.
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