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My reply: The documents were NOT shown to the president, only to Dan Bartlett. Where did you get your info they were shown to the President?

From Dan Bartlett, as noted in the Time Magazine story.

by 7PM [the previous day] CBS staff members had read Bartlett the memos over the phone. He told them he wouldn't commtn on the air until he had physically seen themn. The next day, he was given three hours to look them over. He showed them to the President, who said he had no recollection of those specific documents."

In the heat of a presidential campaign, especially with documents that may hurt the Commander in Chief, you don't gamble

Any story where you rely on documents from 30 years ago is a gamble. The question should be "Is it a good gamble?" The producer was the person who broke the Abu Ghraib prison story just a few months earlier. She had document experts. She had other credible sources. As it turns out, it wasn't enough.

People get fooled. The New York Times printed several stories from a reporter who was faking it. Stern Magazine bought the Hitler Diaries. A major publisher bought the Howard Hughes autobiography and was set to publish. It happens.

And when you concider all of those who warned CBS not to go with the documents and not to air the story, I would call it more of a smear job than a gamble.

Who warned CBS not to go ahead? Not the White House.

On what authority do you contend the sentiments in the story are correct? The son and wife of the supposed author of the documents say the sentiments are FALSE!

Yes, they say the documents are false. The woman who typed Killian's memos also says they are false, but that the actions and sentiments in them are TRUE. Who would know better? The commanders wife, or the person who actually typed the status reports?

Marian Carr Knox, the secretary to President Bush's National Guard commander, tells her story to Dan Rather. Knox remembers then-Lt. Bush well, and saw him often as he showed up for weekend training in 1971 and 1972. <snip>

In the past week, those documents have been subjected to extraordinary scrutiny and criticism.


Now, another voice - a credible voice - has entered the debate. Killian's secretary, Marian Carr Knox, describes herself as Killian's "right hand" during much of the 1970s. <snip>

Knox is 86 years old, and completely comfortable in the eye of a storm. She spent more than two decades keeping pilots and officers in line at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston. Now, she wants to set the record straight about the memos that CBS News obtained.

Knox says she didn't type these memos, but she says she did type ones that contained the same information. “I know that I didn't type them," says Knox. "However, the information in those is correct.”

Wait! There's more!

She addressed one memo, and a reference to retired Gen. Staudt pushing for a positive officer training report on Lt. Bush.

"'Staudt is pushing to sugar coat it.' Does that sound like Col. Killian? Is that the way it felt,” Rather asked Knox.

“That's absolutely the way he felt about that," says Knox.

My reply: Are you Michael Moore?

No. Are you Ann Coulter? You seem as incapable of considering anything which does not conform to your pre-existing bias as she is.

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