As the dust settles from the C-BS investigation into the faked Texas Air National Guard memos, I thought it might be worthwhile to offer up a quick quiz to see how well people were paying attention.
1) How long after the initial airing in September did C-BS acknowledge that the memos were most likely fakes?
A) One day
B) One week
C) One month
D) Two months, after the election
E) Four months, with the release of the report
2) C-BS referred to many of their report’s detractors as “Republican activists,” “Republican lawyers,” and “Republican officials.” How many of their supporters were branded with the term “Democratic” or “liberal?”
3) When C-BS first announced the commission and its report, they said the investigation would be over in a matter of “weeks, not months.” How many weeks passed between the announcement and the report?
4) On the day the report was released, how did Dan Rather report on it?
A) A strict just-the-facts approach, neither emphasizing nor minimizing his own role
B) Taking the opportunity to again apologize to the American people
C) Reported strictly on the facts, while reasserting his belief in the inherent accuracy of the piece
5) Whom did the Report name as the likely identity of the original source for the forged documents?
A) Bill Burkett
B) Linda Starr
C) Karl Rove
D) David Van Os
E) Ben Barnes
(Answers below the fold)
1) We’re still waiting.
3) About 14 (3 1/2 months).
4) He took the day off and let Bob Schieffer handle the news.
5) They refused to conclude whether or not they were fakes, and didn’t investigate who supplied them.
Yes, I know there was no way you could have gotten any of these questions right. It’s an unfair test. If you don’t like it, go complain to Boccardi and Thornburgh.