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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Not The First Time
Dan Rather's shoddy journalism is, it turns out, well practiced. In NRO today, Ann Morse recounts the story of a CBS documentary, "The Wall Within," which aired on June 2, 1988. It featured the gut-wrenching stories of 4 Vietnam vets. They described the horrible things that happened to them, or they were required to do. The stories related by these men have since been proven false. Only one of the four saw any combat, two of the four spent time behind bars for going AWOL.
The truth was uncovered by B.G. Burkett, a Vietnam veteran and author of Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of its Heroes and its History (with Glenna Whitley). ...
As Burkett notes, the records of all of these vets were easily checkable through Freedom of Information Act requests of their military records - something Rather and his producers simply didn't bother to do. They accepted at face value the lurid tales of atrocities committed in Vietnam and the stories of criminal behavior, drug addiction, and despair at home.
Later in the article, Ms. Morse adds, "Despite the growing evidence that he'd been had, Rather also continued to defend the documentary - which is now part of CBS's video history series on the Vietnam War." How many times should a "journalist" be allowed to produce this kind of crap and still be hailed as one of the best? Why hasn't Dan Rather long since been relegated to the ash heap of history? And CBS continues to represent this documentary as factual despite proof of the ooposite. It boggles the mind.

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