Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"Rather Speaks On Rathergate"

I love Rathergate. It is soooo satisfying on soooo many different levels. First of all there is the main player himself, Dan Rather, who is a flat out loon. Over the years it was FUn to watch Dan because you knew that underneath that thin veneer of sanity lurked a raving lunatic who was struggling to break out and frequently did. Then there is the fact that Rather was ultimately brought down by his own bias by using FAKE documents in an attempt to throw the 2004 election away from President Bush. Added to this is the fact that even after apologizing (which he now claims he was coerced into doing) on the air for using those documents, Rather still can't let go and like Captain Ahab continues to look for the White Whale of his exoneration which unlike Captain Ahab he won't find. Finally there is the fact that Rathergate gave birth to the DUmmie FUnnies. In September 2004, I was greatly amused by the DUmmie comments sticking up for Rather so I posted them on the many threads in the Free Republic dealing with the TANG (Texas Air National Guard) fake documents controversy. Eventually an FR administrator warned me against spamming the threads so I created the DUmmie FUnnies to record the DUmmie comments on this and many other topics. Thus was born the DUmmie FUnnies and for this I have Dan Rather to thank. So after all these many years, I find it great that Dan Rather STILL can't let go and has sued CBS News over this. You can read about Captain Dan Rather's search for the White Whale of exoneration in this New York Magazine ARTICLE titled, "Dan Rather’s Last Big Story Is Himself." Just as much FUn as reading about Rather's pathetic attempts to reclaim his destroyed reputation is the HUffie cheerleading section standing by their man Dan in this HUffington Post THREAD about the article titled, "Rather Speaks On Rathergate: What Pure, Unadulterated Bullshit This Whole Thing Is." So let us now watch the HUffies stick up for their hero in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, picturing Dan in front of a mirror in his ward repeating "Courage" over and over again, is in the [brackets]:


If he weren't famous, he'd be mistaken for a veteran of a long-ago war: khaki safari shirt on his back, scuffed combat boots on his feet, that wiry crest of a brow, rheumy eyes under heavy lids, lower lip jutting out like an ornery fish resisting a hook.

When Dan Rather sits on a bench in Central Park to tell how his 44-year career at CBS News ended in ignominy and humiliation, he is in fact still waging a war, a bitter and personal one. And the memories of the battles that undid him are still fresh on his mind. "Monday morning, about 8:49--and I think that is the time precisely," he says. He's recalling January 10, 2005, when he first received the 224-page report commissioned by CBS that excoriated his infamous 60 Minutes Wednesday segment on President Bush's National Guard service. Of that report, Rather says, "When I read through it, all I could say to myself, on each page, is, 'What bullshit. What pure, unadulterated bullshit this whole thing is. What a setup. What a fix.' " He nearly spits the word fix.


[That should have been Dan's reaction to those obviously fake documents and killed the TANG story as soon as he saw them. However, his hatred of Bush overrode that option from the get go. And now to read the HUffie cheerleaders hailing their hero...]


A true warrior slain in the defense of the 4th estate by fluffy multi-millionare morning show moguls.


[Sniff! Dan Rather was just too good for us.]


I have the opinion that Dan will be exonerated by the time all of this really comes out...the whole dirty ugly story...stay tuned!


[Until the year 2525 if Man is still alive.]


I hope Rather achieves vindication and prevails in his lawsuit and in the process reveals what we all know to be true - that our current Commander in Chief is burned out coke freak and a booze hound who used influence to get his sorry ass into the National Guard so he wouldn't have to go to 'Nam and then he didn't even have the balls and guts to finish that committment.


[Perhaps Rather will be able to find real fake documents to back him up instead of the phony fake documents.]


I agree that Rather will someday be championed for standing up for truth.


[Ward 8 will be renamed the Dan Rather Memorial Ward.]


Rathers story is that of a public hanging. He was set up to fall, and then slaughtered in a very public way as a warning to anyone who might dare to question the Fuhrer...I mean president.


[Legends of the Fall. Soon to be a major motion picture.]


Aren't there duplicates of Bush's National Guard records somewhere, I think it is Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri? I have read that there are duplicates that may not be released without his consent. If Bush consented, the truth would be revealed.


[Somewhere out there, the originals of those fake document copies exist. I just know it.]


Also, anyone who thinks that those docs weren't forged is really gullible. Their modern appearance is just the first giveaway. The timeline and terminology are wrong,too. The Thornburgh report's expert found them to be fakes, as did most other experts. Even the experts CBS hired to authenticate the docs say they were fakes. I'm looking forward to the trial, if it ever goes forward, for the sheer entertainment value. Except that it is kind of sad to see Rather humiliate himself this way.


[I disagree. I find it kind of FUnnie to see Rather humiliate himself this way.]


nobody has proved the memos to be faked - period. the only gullible folks are those who believe Bush to be some kind of supreme protector with a wellspring of integrity. he's as big a fraud and a phony as anyone.


[Yeah. Modern typeface and superscripts were used back in the 70s on military bases that didn't have the equipment to produce them. They HAVE to be authentic.]


This whole thing is such a ridiculous load CRAP. Everyone with a minimum of synaptic firing knows damn well that Bush is a GIANT Chicken Hawk who never EVER served a day of duty. The idea that Rather was even unearthing anything new is just absurd. The GOP is chalk full of cowards who are eager to line their pockets with military cash for the sacrifice of other peoples kids and loved ones. This is so pathetic. How many honorable people will the MSM and the Bush Klan take down with them before they get a few teeth knocked out of their greedy little heads. The whole ENTIRE GOP are a bunch of sniveling bedwetters who can't stand a fair fight because they are so incrediblyt WEAK. And these are the ones who are suppose to protect us? Give me just a small break. Go Dan! Give em Hell, Moonves, Redstone and the rest of the Big Fat Baby Brigade.


[You can receive treatment for your severe BDS in the Dan Rather Memorial Ward.]


The person who would have typed them confirmed the accuracy of the contents and stated she may have typed them but couldn't remember typing in that sheet of paper 30 years ago. She did confirm the contents as being true and confirmed that such documents would have existed.


[Yeah, that secretary can remember 30 years later exactly what she typed, word for word. That is an even greater feat than Pied Piper Pitt quoting Ty the Bouncer at length word for word after a drunken foray at Bukowski's.]


If the newer printer (periperial hardware) is programed into the software, and it has to be in order for it to print. It will no longer printout using the characteristic of the older one but the newer one. Voila different fonts, different spacing, different page format and layout.


[Wow! Get this info to Dan Rather. He may still win his lawsuit.]


The documents were disputed by rightwingers nearly before the document came out. Who the hell would notice spacing and fonts so readily


[Wrong. The authenticity of the documents were questioned by Freeper Buckhead shortly after the TANG story aired.]


Everyone should get behind Rather on this. Say what you want about Rather, he wouldn't have concocted a story out of wholecloth, and he certainly wouldn't have risked his entire career to "get" a politician he didn't like.


[Dan Rather didn't figure that the Web is a great place for fact checking a story and his biased fantasy didn't check out.]


Dan: Don't stop until you expose the full truth on this, and then communicate it to the World. The best way to stop any covert plan is to make it overt. And if the rock under which these folks have been operating is ever fully lifted, I expect what we will find will be a handful of vile traitors who have been colluding in ways that are not only unamerican, but are shocking, highly unlawful, immoral, and intolerable. It would be ironic, but no doubt well deserved, if Mr. Cheney were a future occupant in one of those Halliburton jail cells he has been building for the rest of us.


[How much you want to bet that this HUffie is also a 9/11 Truther?]


Stand tall Rather. Your story was accurate. CBS knows it but fed you to the wolves to curry favor with the Royal Court and cover up the irresponsible behavior of spoiled snow inhaler and youthful drunk, little boy Bush. They deserve to be sued for selling out their news organization and the American public for a cheap bit of good will from this unscrupulous White House. Here's hoping you shove it up Redstone's synchophantic rear end splincter.


[A Dan Rather Truther speaks up.]


Rather's outster was DESIGNED BY KARL ROVE.It's more than obvious that this is the tactic used by Rove and his Republicans to undermine and threaten people in media and politics who didn't go along with Rove-Bush-Cheney fascistic politics.


[And Karl Rove was disguised as Lucy Ramirez when he/she faxed those documents to CBS from a Kinko's in Amarillo.]


Dan Rather was not duped - the documents were never proven to be forgeries AND the facts of the reports have never been proven wrong. Chimpy was not duped on wmd - he lied because his handler (darth cheney) and all the other PNACers had such a hard-on to get to Saddam's oil. They knew exactly what they were doing and they achieved their goal - maybe chimpy didn't really understand the implications of the lies back then because he is so monumentally stupid - but you can be sure that darth and co. knew exactly what they were doing.


[I would love to see this HUffie appear in court as a character witness for Dan Rather. BTW, will this lawsuit trial be televised? I want my laughs!]


Rather was the last real "Journalist" left on the MSM! His story is true, but I will not try to convince any of you "Right-Wing Troll Propagandists" who have been paid to come to this site by your "Masters," just because they think you can sway our opinion or change the subject. YOU WILL NEVER DO THAT! Dan Rather is a "true" journalist and a real patriot, and you TROLLS can all BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ OFF!


[Yes, the documents were fake but accurate.]


No documents were proven to be forged. What are you talking about? SUCKER!


[Even though the typeface and superscripts didn't exist on machines at military bases in the 70s.]

15 Comments:

Blogger steveegg said...

Thanks for the DUFUs, Gunga Dan and cBS (wish I could do the Mary Mapes superscript).

8:27 AM  
Anonymous john f not kerry said...

I didn't realize that the DUmmie FUnnies came out of that incident!

One thing that no reporter for the MSM ever seems to mention is that Rather spoke at Democrat party fundraisers. How come we never hear about that? Oh yeah! "Objectivity"!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Son Of The Godfather said...

No! Evidence to the contrary of our BDS is NOT ENOUGH! We refuse to accept actual facts!
Did these idiot DUmmies serve on the OJ trial too?

HA!

Cut to 5 years from now, with a disheveled Rather sitting in front of a mirror, restraints fully hindering his arm movements in the white jacket... Through bubbles of spit, we can just make out his mumbling... "Courage..."

DUmmies, seriously, you really show your ignorance when the cold, hard truth hits you dead on. Even us evil rightwingers cringe for you.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the newer printer (periperial hardware) is programed into the software, and it has to be in order for it to print. It will no longer printout using the characteristic of the older one but the newer one. Voila different fonts, different spacing, different page format and layout.


A technical genius -- who would have thought that hardware could be programmed into software! Shit, not even Microsquish can do that!

Somebody needs to tell this wet-behind-the-ears punk that word processing software was not used on military bases or gubmint offices in the '70s. Gubmint is famous for using ancient technology long after every other enterprise has totally abandoned and forgotten it.

Gubmint documents were produced on typewriters and stored in paper form up through the 90s. Document scanning and conversion systems were just starting to be introduced in the mid 80s.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous anon 1:50 said...

LGF too, 'made their bones, on RatherGate. You're in good company!

I love this one:
"If the newer printer (periperial (sic) hardware) is programed (sic) into the software, and it has to be in order for it to print. It will no longer printout using the characteristic of the older one but the newer one. Voila different fonts, different spacing, different page format and layout.
>>>>>>>

One problem, Skippy!

At the time, the closest thing available to a "printer" was a teletype, which also had no proportional spacing, subscript, superscript or anything else! This was typed, TYPED on a TYPEwriter.

See? No electronic storage, no "periperials", no modifications. WYSIWYG's earliest days.

Copies? You used carbon paper.

The fact is. The documents are faaaake! I hope CBS stands up for themselves and ruins Rather, Mapes et al.

They can at least buy back a smidgen of journalistic integrity.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Rodolfo said...

Wow. Just Wow.

Huffies' stupidity never cease to amaze me.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Ray said...

"If the newer printer (periperial hardware) is programed into the software, and it has to be in order for it to print. It will no longer printout using the characteristic of the older one but the newer one. Voila different fonts, different spacing, different page format and layout."

Hay DUmmie, and DUmmie FUnnies trolls, you don't "print out" stored government documents like the alleged TANG memo's. Government documents are stored on Microfiche files. This produces a photocopy of the original record. When you request a copy from those microfiche files, you receive an exact copy of the original. Voila, no different fonts, no different spacing, and no different page format and layout.

If the memo's in question were copies of original records, as Dan keeps insisting, then they must be exact copies and not reprinted copies. It's obvious that the memo's in question could not have been produced in the 70's as claimed because, at that time, the Texas Air National Guard didn't have Postscript printers (they didn't exist in the 70's), which is the only way the memo's in question could have been produced. That makes them fake. Get it?

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Gunslinger said...

Inability to distinguish fantasy from reality is a symptom of mental illness.

When bias tips into the refusal to face actual facts, it's no longer simply a difference of political opinion. It is the difference between sanity and insanity.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Son Of The Godfather said...

OT, but highly recommended:

http://wizbangblog.com/content/2007/11/28/mc-gravel-in-da-house.php#comments

OMG.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Publius said...

Dan Rather was not duped - the documents were never proven to be forgeries AND the facts of the reports have never been proven wrong.

Note the HUffie's inversion of the ordinary standards, where the accuser must offer proof, not the accused.

I'm sure that they believe Hillary has a lesbian lover named Huma: The accusation has been made and Hillary isn't offering proof that it is false. She isn't even denying it.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Pope Z Nth said...

Well, that post convinced me, alright. What logic! What reasoning! And anyone who disagrees can BUZZ OFF!

This writer is my new hero....he's right up there with Rather himself!

2:08 AM  
Anonymous beth the WP geek said...

"The documents were disputed by rightwingers nearly before the document came out. Who the hell would notice spacing and fonts so readily"

Ummm ... someone who's worked as a word processor since the late 1970s????? And who knows the difference between MS Word and an IBM Executive typewriter???

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's going to be extremely satisfying when the story Rather got fired for turns out (gasp) to be true.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Publius said...

Hi Anon -

It's going to be extremely satisfying when the story Rather got fired for turns out (gasp) to be true.

If that happens, it doesn't change the fact that Rather and Mapes relied on obviously forged documents as their evidence.

If someone comes up with real evidence, Rather is still a fool who was blinded by his prejudice to accept obvious fakes.

In his zeal to stick it Bush, he violated a basic tenet of honest journalism: Verify your source.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"Verify your source." publius

No need. I'm pretty sure it will come out during the trial if it gets that far. CBS hired a PI that pretty much verified the docs. CBS will settle. That's my prediction. Unless Rather won't let it. He may want to pursue this just because. If that happens, we'll all find out just how big of a fraternity we're dealing with.

12:00 AM  

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