CBS says it can’t prove Bush documents’ authenticity

“Rather: ‘We have been misled’

In a separate statement, CBS News anchor Dan Rather, who was the principal reporter on the story, said, “Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers.

“That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where — if I knew then what I know now — I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

“But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.”

I find this all to be very troubling. It is far too important a topic to screw around with.

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