Five days later, the big media, especially the papers, are critical of CBS, and so are a lot of other people.
The Washington Post asserts ‘growing evidence challenging the authenticity of the documents aired Wednesday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”‘ as the man they relied upon to ‘defend’ the documents says that he was unable to authenticate them.
Jonah Goldberg believes (surprise) that the Age of Dan Rather is over, comparing him to the giant herbivores whose skeletons rest now in museums.
The New York Times reports that CBS employees are “distressed”.
And the New York Post’s John Podhoretz doesn’t mince words: “There’s no need to pull any punches now. I’m going to be blunt here: Anybody who spends an hour reviewing the evidence and the expert testimony knows they’re forgeries. The discrediting has gone on now for five straight days. The conclusion isn’t just overwhelming, it’s inarguable.”
Given that CBS is getting hammered by practically everyone, and that the documents, even to the untrained eye, bear much more resemblance to Word documents than to anything produced by a 1972 typewriter or typesetter that critics have been able to produce.
What is CBS to do?
I really don’t know…but I’m glad I didn’t greenlight these memos.
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