CBS- Unprofessional or Outright Fraud
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- CBS News is guilty of either unprofessional incompetence or outright fraud as a result of reporting forged documents as authentic during a "60 Minutes" segment Wednesday night. This obvious attempt to smear The President's National Guard service violates public trust, and you must act immediately to make it right.
These "new" documents were easily debunked overnight by solid evidence from forensic document experts, typographers and retired military officers. Fed flags were too numerous to include here, but closer examination quickly proved the supposedly 30-year-old documents were generated in a modern-day typeface from a printer, not a typewriter.
Obviously anchor Dan Rather and staff did not check the facts, and I've got to ask why. Was it due to his readily apparent anti-Bush bias that Rather pushed to air the groundless smear? Was the intent to counter President's jump in the polls? And why, as evidence of fraud mounts, have Rather and CBS News refused to name the documents' source or the expert who supposedly authenticated them?
At best, Rather and staff are guilty of gross incompetence by allowing their obsession to smear the President outweigh their professional duty for accuracy. At worst, CBS News may be guilty of deliberately reporting what they knew to be false, and engaging in libel and slander against the President of the United States during a time of war.
I demand CBS release the name(s) of its sources, admit its guilt and air a proper retraction. Drop CBS News' blatant anti-Bush bias and stop trying to sway the election with unethical and unprofessional "reporting."
Further, If Rather pushed this story because of his bias, he needs to be fired. Regardless, I ask you as CEO to clean house so that CBS News offers fair and balanced reporting worthy of regaining public trust. Thank you.