Matt Drudge, who crashed our server earlier today by linking to our first post on the 60 Minutes hoax, is now headlining: “CBSNEWS LAUNCHES INTERNAL INVESTIGATION AFTER SUSPICIOUS BUSH DOCS AIRED.” Drudge reports:
CBS NEWS executives have launched an internal investigation into whether its premiere news program 60 MINUTES aired fabricated documents relating to Bush National Guard service, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
“The reputation and integrity of the entire news division is at stake, if we are in error, it will be corrected,” a top CBS source explained late Thursday.
The source, who asked not to be named, described CBSNEWS anchor and 60 MINUTES correspondent Dan Rather as being “shell-shocked” by the increasingly likelihood that the documents in question were fraudulent.
Rather, who anchored the segment presenting new information on the president’s military service, will personally correct the record on-air, if need be, the source explained from New York.
Tomorrow morning, dinosaur media across the country will be headlining the 60 Minutes “scoop” as a blow to the Bush campaign. Before their newspapers are even printed, not only is the story obsolete, but CBS is in full retreat. As Stephen Hayes reported earlier today, Power Line “led the charge” against the 60 Minutes hoax today. But the credit really goes to the incredible power of the internet. We knew nothing; all of our information came from our readers. Many thousands of smart, well-informed people who only a few years ago would have had no recourse but perhaps to write a letter to their local newspaper, now can communicate and share their expertise in real time, through sites like this one. The power of the medium is incredible, as we’ve seen over the last fourteen hours.
Thanks to our readers; we were able to publish only a small fraction of the information we got on the fake documents. But it was more than enough.
UPDATE: ABC News breaks the MSM boycott:
Questions are being raised about the authenticity of newly discovered documents relating to George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.