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September 24, 2004

The Feeding Frenzy Begins

The worm has turned...

This is almost as good as Survivor: Vanuatu. Bill Burkett, Official Unimpeachable Source to the StarsTM, is dishing on Dapper Dan. He now maintains he warned Rather the memos would be challenged, advising they be validated by experts. Uh-huh. And oh...by the way... 'that creep Lockhart' tried to get his mitts on the memos, putting poor Joe in the running to be voted off the island. And thus the back-stabbing begins:

Burkett said he agreed to a taped interview with Rather on Monday as suspicion about the memos mounted, putting the network's reputation at stake. He said key portions of the interview were never aired.
"He snipped it apart to cover them," he said. "That's all that that evening news was - to find a fall guy. And it was me." He added, "By his action and inaction, Dan Rather ruined my reputation in front of 70 million people."

Well that can't have been too difficult... But wait! it gets even juicier:when Burkett passed the memos to CBS, he was informed his contact info would be provided to Kerry campaign adviser Joe Lockhart. Burkett then relates this quote, taking this year's Grammy for Unintentional Irony in a Major Media Scandal:

"I was absolutely and clearly told that that was as far as anyone could go without crossing the line of (journalistic) ethics,".

Burkett then had a phone meeting with Lockhart, during which he shared some strategies for defeating Bush.

In return, he said, Lockhart tried to "convince me as to why I should give them the documents."

Preceding via Bill at INDC Journal, thanks to JW for the tip. Of course, as Captain Ed points out, Burkett has about as much credibility as .... well, as a bitter partisan with a history of mental problems who has already been caught lying at least once.

But the Kerry campaign still has quite a bit to explain too, as does the media. During the Swift debacle, the press concocted a tortuous web of connections involving ex-wives, bi-sexual hamsters and campaign volunteers to allow them to refuse to examine the 60-odd sworn affadavits on file. Here they have high-level campaign officials of a Presidential candidate making phone calls to Burkett and including footage of a 60 Minutes crocumentary in a campaign video the day after the show aired - that spells collusion at the highest level. You have allegations the campaign spoke with the contributor of the memos and even (although I'm not sure they're credible) allegations the campaign asked for the memos.

And the point must be made: there is an estoppel argument here. Having maintained Burkett was a credible and unimpeachable source in the first place, can the DNC really turn around and argue now that he is not?

I believe the old saw, 'hoist on their own petard' applies.

- Cassandra

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"He said key portions of the interview were never aired." Like, he's surprised?

Posted by: ELC at Sep 24, 2004 2:20:04 PM