This is interesting:
CONTROVERSIAL TEXAS RANCHER SAYS LOCKHART WANTED DOCUMENTS // The source of a disputed CBSNEWS report claimed Thursday that Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart tried to “convince me as to why I should give them the documents.” Texas Army National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett tells the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM that he has suffered four seizures since being identified as CBS’ source and dogged by the media… Developing…
Now we all know CBS will report on this tomorrow… This source is “unimpeachable.” Right? Right?
I guess CBS is going to say he is unimpeachable when he bashes Bush but not when it looks bad for the Kerry camp. But you understand there is no bias at CBS. Nope… None. Nana. Zilch. Zero. Wouldn’t think of it. We do news here… we’re not like those bloggers.
Very Odd Update Below Fold
And before any of you kool-aid drinking liberals say that Rather NOW knows he is indeed impeachable, just remember, Rather is on the record as saying that he still thinks the docs legit and the source only lied about one thing. If he’s still credible when he bashs Bush then he’s credible when it works against Kerry.
If anything, Burkett has MORE credibility here because he is going against the long held axe he had to grind with Bush.
Odd Update I don’t know what to make of this.
If you read the story, (written by Jack Douglas Jr.)
in the Star Telegram you won’t see any mention of it….
BUT if you go to the Mercury News you see the damning quote in a story written by the same guy and picked up in the Knight Ridder wire. Why would the guy write a longer, much better story for the wire than for his home paper??? Odd.
He said, however, that during the meeting in which he gave the memos to CBS, he was also told by a producer that his phone number would be passed on to Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart.
“I was absolutely and clearly told that that was as far as anyone could go without crossing the line of (journalistic) ethics,” Burkett said.
During a single phone conversation with Lockhart, Burkett said he suggested a “couple of concepts on what I thought (Kerry) had to do” to beat Bush. In return, he said, Lockhart tried to “convince me as to why I should give them the documents.”
The only logical explaination is that he is writing another, longer, version for his paper… but if that were the case, why not run the wire version on the website until you finish your masterpiece… odd.
UPDATE 2: There was, in the end, a second possible explaination. The Merc News retracted their version.