Monday, September 20, 2004

The Source is Revealed

The Wizbang Blog has a good summary of the RatherGate Update right here. I'm not sure I can add anything to that.

On a related note, I'm not so sure I can add anything to anything, when it comes to breaking news. By the time I read about something, it seems like it is already being discussed in earnest at all my favorite Blog sites. So I'm going to change modes and be more a blog contributer (at other sites), rather than a blog writer.

I may continue to post here, but will try to include the second half of my Blog's title...

How about them Vols!?!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Accurate? How about Authentic?

CBS released a statement yesterday evening, and paid proper lip service to the documents they showed last week, in regards to the authenticity of four memos that attempt to vilify President Bush's National Guard service. The network says they will keep an "open mind" about the situation.

Like the open-mindedness Mr. Rather had when charges from the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth arose?

This link, from WND, states that the documents have been traced to a Kinko's in Abilene, Texas, and only 21 miles from the home of Bill Burkett, partisan democrat, who has recently been saying he pulled some strings and got Bush in to the National Guard. Doubts about his statements concerning President Bush have been raised on this former disgruntled military man as far back as February.

In the WND story, it is also apparent that Rather has started to distance himself, yet CBS News President Andrew Heyward was still defending the documents as "accurate" as late as last night.

That is such a cop-out! I want CBS to explain in terms of authenticity, and then we can talk about accuracy. If someone forged a Da Vinci painting, it could be accurate, yet it wouldn't be authentic... See? Duh.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Jammies Brigade

It seems as if the real investigative reporters are being disparaged as "having no checks and balances." Jonathan Klein, former executive Vice-President of CBS news, gave his opinion of a blogger as "a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."

Suzy Rice's BIRD blog has created a graphic for bloggers to use as a badge of honor, and I hope I can live up to the standards of the Jammies Brigade...

This is a test. This is only a test...

You know that feeling of excitement you sometimes get when faced with the unknown? You might have felt this feeling just prior to cracking a book you've finally gotten, or after the previews have finally ended to the movie you've been waiting to see. Surely it is not unlike what early settlers may have felt when looking westward.

Well, that's the feeling I have, on starting this web log.

I have been inspired after learning that the blogosphere helped to really shed a critical light on a Dan Rather report aired on "60 Minutes II" on Wednesday, 8 September 2004. Four documents purported to relate to President Bush's National Guard service were analyzed and subsequently discredited, though as of now CBS stills stands by the story. Blogs such as Power Line, Little Green Footballs, and Freerepublic helped to thrust this fabrication in to the national spotlight, and I wanted to be on that train.

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