Bad Sourcing

Dan Rather actually makes some good points about fake news, but lacks the credibility to stand behind them.

If you don‘t already know what a guffaw is, I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up. It’s the sound people make when…

Rather, who once made his journalistic bones by getting mouthy with Richard Nixon at a 1974 press conference, is something of an expert on the subject. Having spent decades as a reporter and then the nightly news anchor at CBS, he all but shredded his career back in 2004 when he pushed a story about how George W. Bush had avoided service in Vietnam by using his family connections to land a cush position in the Texas Air National Guard, then went AWOL for a year. Backing up these claims were memos, supposedly written in 1972 and 1973, stating that Bush had failed to fulfill his duties and consequently had his flight status revoked. Only problem was, Rather and his producer Mary Mapes had not properly authenticated the documents—a fact that became painfully clear when internet bloggers were able to reproduce the exact spacing, format and typeface of the memos using the default settings in Microsoft Word.

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