DATE: 9/14/2004 05:22:00 PM
It's the DNC - The timing is too good. I would like to think that a major political party in the U.S. would cover its tracks better, but I believe Dan Rather's source is someone at the Democratic National Committee.
It's obvious from the video linked above (watch at your own risk - it's disgusting and proof positive that Moore's disease has taken root in the party) that the Democrats counted on the "60 Minutes II" story as the opening salvo in its "Fortunate Son" campaign against the president. They are still operating on the old media paradigm and don't see the internet as a major force. The person that produced the memos or supplied them to Dan Rather never thought the authenticity of the memos would be called into question at all. That they would be discredited so quickly and so authoritatively was beyond the realm of possibility.
Howie Carr was predicting today that USA Today would be the first to crack under the pressure and retract the memo story. When the wall finally does come down, it's time to ask the media and the DNC to do what they are asking of President Bush - Tell the Truth. CBS should divulge its source on this story. If they do not, then they are purposefully perpetrating a fraud and should be held accountable for their actions. If CBS ultimately retracts its story, Dan Rather, Mary Mapes and Andrew Hayward should all either resign or be fired.
If Viacom refuses to do the right thing, I'm sure millions of consumers around the country can find a way to persuade them. I have plenty of other places I can spend my money.
This the most serious political dirty trick since Watergate, and the media and the public should treat it as such. The media has a chance to partially redeem itself for the excessive partisanship it has shown this election season. Will it take that chance?