I am extraordinarily skeptical of this new release.
NEW YORK (AP) – CBS News has shelved a “60 Minutes” report on the rationale for war in Iraq because it would be “inappropriate” to air it so close to the presidential election, the network said on Saturday.
That is laughable. We now know they worked with rabid desperation to get the forged document story out before the election. Mary Mapes was even quoted as saying she was working so hard on the story to “save the country from George Bush.” So the idea they did not want to sway the election is, simply put, an untruth.
The report on weapons of mass destruction was set to air on Sept. 8 but was put off in favor of a story on President Bush’s National Guard service. The Guard story was discredited because it relied on documents impugning Bush’s service that were apparently fake.
CBS News spokeswoman Kelli Edwards would not elaborate on why the timing of the Iraq report was considered inappropriate.
The report, with Ed Bradley as the correspondent, has long been in the works. Originally scheduled for June, it was first put off because of new developments, Edwards said.
Another untruth. “60 Minutes” did not run the forged document story “60 Minutes Wednesday” ran the story. Ed Bradly works for “60 Minutes” which airs on Sunday. The idea that they pulled an Ed Bradley story from the Wednesday show for the forged document is simply not plausible. They are 2 different shows.
Further, there is little they could add to the WMD story at this point.
Despite the moonbat raving of the Michael Moore left, there is exactly zero evidence that “Bush Lied” about WMD. Indeed, France, Germany and Russia all agreed Saddam had WMD before the war. Every major Democrat including Bill Clinton and John Kerry is on record saying Saddam had WMD. At worst, our intelligence services were wrong and Bush relied on faulty intelligence.
No matter how many forged documents CBS could produce, it is impossible to rationally make the case Bush knew there were no WMD.
So why did CBS make up this statement?
Sadly for CBS, there is only one logical conclusion, especially in the wake of the forged document story:
They have nothing to throw at Bush so they made this blind “Well, we have the goods that could sway the election BUT we don’t want to say anything about it… But boy, if you guys knew what we knew you’d never vote for Bush.” statement.
Or said another way: “We might have been wrong on the document things but Bush still sucks and we know it.” This is a continuation of the “Bush Sucked” defense of the forged documents story.
The panel investigating why CBS used forged documents to try to change the outcome of a Presidential election should also investigate this news release. If it is found they have nothing, everyone involved in its release should be fired. It is also abundantly clear that CBS should not be allowed to host a Presidential debate. They obviously are not a not a credible news source and have a disqualifying agenda.
UPDATE: Clarice Feldman has much, much more on this. Apparently CBS was working the “16 words” angle. I hope they air it now… The story is so full of holes – holes anyone with google can find- they’ll be slammed again.