Courtesy of Little Green Footballs, here is an excerpt of a CBS News statement sent to its affiliate stations:
The editorial content of the report was not based solely on the physical documents, but also on numerous credible sources who supported what the documents said.In other words, CBS News is perfectly content to use fake memos to substantiate an irrelevant charge against the President. They persist with the use of these forgeries because they wish to benefit from the perception among people ignorant enough to believe they're real in making their charges. But since these documents are fake, it could only harm their case (except, again, with idiots who think Dan Rather is an honorable man).
Nobody cares what Lt. George W. Bush did or did not do in the Air National Guard 30+ years ago. We Texans twice elected him Governor and this country elected him President. The only people who profess to care are Democratic partisans who wrongly thought that John Kerry's war record would trump whatever Bush once did. Notice that they didn't care about their own nominees' service records in 1992, 1996, or 2000 ---but now they do? Fucking nonsense.