Media Bias: Veteran reporter, author and commentator Bernard Goldberg reports that when CBS News did its fake National Guard story on George W. Bush avoiding service in Vietnam, it knew it was a lie.
It’s a liberal urban legend that Bush used the influence of his father and his father’s friends to land a cushy position in the Texas National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam. The Democrats would run John Kerry as a hero in the war, and CBS News was all too eager to help with Mary Mapes producing a “60 Minutes II” segment in September 2004 charging exactly that.
The story collapsed quickly as documents used to support the allegations against Bush were proved to be amateur night forgeries. CBS did an internal investigation that discredited the memos and caused the network to fire Mapes. Later Dan Rather, who narrated the story, said that while the memos may not have been genuine, he was certain the story was. That was his story, and he stuck to it.
The heart of the Mapes-Rather hatchet job was that Bush was a coward who avoided action in Vietnam. That was false, and CBS’ own report on the matter shows that Mapes knew it was false.
The report continued: “For example, a flight instructor who served in the (Guard) with Lt. Bush advised Mapes in 1999 that Bush ‘did want to go to Vietnam, but others went first.’ Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004 before Sept. 8, that Bush had volunteered to go to Vietnam but did not have enough flight hours to qualify.”
SideBear: It is hard to phantom that a major news network would risk their credibility to the extent that CBS did. It now is at the point, can you believe anything they air?
In today’s world accuracy and truth in network news has become a rare commodity but of course when you suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) the means justifies the ends.
Does anyone know whether there are any provisions in the Obamacare Health Bill for mentally unstable deranged network reporters to assist them in their psychotic state of mind?