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Monday, September 20, 2004

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A day late and a dollar short

CBS finally admits that the documents were forgeries and that Burkett was the provider of those documents. Unfortunately, they want to now play the victim, claiming they were duped by Burkett. Had they done ten minutes of research on Burkett, they should have known better than to accept anything he gave them at face value, but Mary Mapes and Dan Rather wanted this story to be true so badly they were willing to overlook manifest signs of forgery in the rush to get the story out.

I don't think this is over by any means, and I suspect that the blogosphere will hold Rather's and Mapes' feet to the fire for a while longer - at least until the entire story has been told and some heads have rolled.

In any case, CBS's image is now shattered, and they are relegated to third class status as a news organization.