Dan Rather Still Standing By Forged Documents In Bush National Guard Story

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If there is a single moment that launched blogging into national prominence, it was the controversy over Dan Rather’s story about then-President Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. Rather’s story claimed that Bush was AWOL for some of that service, but the documents that claim was based on turned out to be forgeries.

The documents purported to be memos from one of Bush’s superiors at the time, but they included things such superscript which no typewriter at the time was capable of. It turns out that the documents were created in Microsoft Word and artificially aged.

These revelations resulted in the end of Rather’s career. But to this day, Rather maintains that his story was accurate, a claim he repeated on today’s Good Morning America:

“There’s no way to ever really know the truth,” says Rather, which sounds like a cop out to me.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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