DATE: 1/10/2005 01:36:00 PM
Mapes' Associates - For a woman with no political bias, Mary Mapes sure kept in touch with some strange people. From page 59 of the report:
Paul Lukasiak, who operates a website on which he posts disparaging analyses of President Bush's TexANG service, told Mapes that another blogger, Linda Starr, had seen new TexANG documents regarding President Bush. Starr hosts a website that recently contained the slogan, "Bush lied, Americans died," and is the editor of Online Journal, an online newsletter often critical of President Bush. Mapes contacted Starr, who responded that she believed that Lieutenant Colonel Burkett had a two-page, classified document regarding President Bush's TexANG service, and Starr speculated that it might be a disciplinary report.So Mapes was trolling the Bush-hating corners of the internet, cultivating sources in these fever swamps, and the panel still found no obvious political bias or motivation? This part of the report is shading the truth, I think.