Just 55 days before the 2004 Bush-Kerry Presidential Election, the vaulted CBS Show “60 Minutes” & Dan Rather* presented several forged documents to the public, hoping to get the Democrat Nominee, John Forbes Kerry, elected. The forged documents were dated in 1972 & 1973 and suggested that George W. Bush had shirked his duties as a pilot in the Texas National Guard during the Vietnam War.
As the public opinion polls in July and August showed that Bush 43 was headed for re-election in November, the Mainstream Media HAD TO do something to stop him. It is still unknown if CBS’s staff created these forgeries, or if they were just so eager to prevent Bush’s re-election that they couldn’t be bothered to authenticate the documents.**
Sharp-eyed viewers caught the forgeries almost immediately. The letters & memos had been written on a computer that did not exist in 1972-73. Any document actually created back then would have been typed on a typewriter, and would have had different spacing & font. The aired documents weren’t even “good” forgeries, as non-experts nationwide spotted the discrepancies.
BUZZFEED: TAKING DOWN A POPULIST PRESIDENT
As the Mueller investigation seems to be winding down without a “smoking gun” to destroy the Trump presidency, the Mainstream Media just HAD TO do something. In comes BUZZFEED Thursday night:
“President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. . . . .
EARTH TO BUZZFEED: Trying to put together a deal to build a building in Russia is NOT, NOT, NOT illegal, whether or not the businessman is a presidential candidate. BuzzFeed breathlessly continued:
Now the two sources have told BuzzFeed News that Cohen also told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.
The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.”
MUELLER’S OFFICE BREAKS ITS SILENCE
For the first time since being appointed to investigate the “Russian Collusion” story created by the Clinton campaign, Mueller’s office made a public announcement.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.
DID FAKE NEWS BEGIN WITH DAN RATHER & “60 MINUTES?”
Some have claimed that the September 2004 airing of forged documents to influence a presidential election was the beginning of FAKE NEWS. This writer is not so sure this event was the beginning. It depends upon one’s definition of FAKE NEWS.
Does FAKE NEWS exist when a media outlet airs known lies and/or information that it knows is likely false? Indeed, recently the Mainstream Media was caught staging photographs to give false impressions about certain events. Airing LIES is one form of FAKE NEWS.
The other form of FAKE NEWS exists when media outlets knowingly over emphasis parts of a story and under emphasis other parts of a story to intentionally mislead the public.
Examples of this form of FAKE NEWS increased thousand-fold over the last 40+ years as Liberals activists replaced authentic journalists in news rooms across the country. Indeed, it could be said that the majority of news today is this form of FAKE NEWS. It should be called “extremely biased news” to distinguish it from out & out LIES.
Before Trump won the election, the American public suffered under ever-increasing “extremely biased news” coverage. These last two years Americans are seeing more & more of the LIES form of FAKE NEWS as the MSM abandons all reason in favor of taking down another GOP president.***
Diane L. Gruber
*Dan Rather’s long career was full of his animus toward GOP presidents and warmth toward Dem presidents. His zeal to take down Bush 43 cost Rather his career. After 20 years as CBS’s Nightly News Anchor, Rather resigned (fired?) in disgrace.
**The CBS producer who put together this piece for “60 Minutes,” Mary Mapes, was told by several document examiners that these documents COULD NOT be authenticated for several reasons. The signatures of Bush’s commanding office, Jerry Killian (already deceased), could not be authenticated. The fonts & spacing in the letters & memos did not exist until 20 years AFTER the dates on the forged documents. CBS’s investigation report later stated these documents were “modern forgeries.”
***Liberals hated Richard Nixon long before he was twice elected to the presidency due to his effective fight against Communism and the Soviet Union.