Monday, September 20, 2004

Where's Susan Sarandon when you need her, eh Danny-boy?

Babble on.

On Chris Matthews' show this weekend, Andrew Sullivan said "Dan Rather is a dead man walking." Matthews - one of the most annoying windbags on the planet - was left almost speechless ("Wow. We're not used to such bold predictions around here.").

To tell you the truth, it was only a matter of time before this politically-motivated sensationalist brought himself down. He's been pulling poorly-researched smear-job stunts on camera for years (via Loose Coins).

This is how Dan Rather introduced his TV audience to one of his prize victims: "At age 16, Steve was a Navy SEAL, trained to assassinate. For almost two years, he operated behind enemy lines, then he broke. He came home in a straightjacket, addicted to alcohol and drugs."
The man identified as "Steve" turned out to be one Steve Southards, and through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Burkett obtained his military records. The truth, he found, was that "Southards was not a SEAL, nor had he taken any SEAL training.... In reality, Southards was an ‘internal communications repairman,’ assigned to rear area bases and had no combat decorations. His only special training was a ‘motion picture operation course (16mm),’ at Subic Bay in the Philippines." What’s more, he had spent time in the brig for going AWOL six times. According to Burkett’s research, "Little that Southards had told Rather was true except that he had been in the Navy, and that his first name was Steve."

Back in 1988, when Rather's report first aired, there was no blogosphere to hold him to account. He could rely on the somewhat collegial atmosphere of professional journalism to refrain from embarrassing him.

Welcome to the new millenium, Danny-boy.

Dead man walking....dead man walking...

Babble off.


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