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Killian Documents Controversy: Dan Rather, George W. Bush Military Service Controversy, Killian Documents Authenticity Issues, Mary Mapes

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Published August 17th 2011
ISBN : 9781157349945
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26 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 25. Chapters: Dan Rather, George W. Bush military service controversy, Killian documents authenticity issues, MaryMorePlease note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 25. Chapters: Dan Rather, George W. Bush military service controversy, Killian documents authenticity issues, Mary Mapes, 60 Minutes II, Lucy Ramirez, Bill Burkett. Excerpt: The Killian documents controversy (also referred to as Memogate, Rathergate or Raergate) involved six documents critical of President George W. Bushs service in the Air National Guard in 1972-73. Four of these documents were presented as authentic in a 60 Minutes Wednesday broadcast aired by CBS on September 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 Presidential Election, but it was later found that CBS had failed to authenticate the documents. Subsequently, several typewriter and typography experts concluded the documents are forgeries, as have some media sources. No forensic document examiners or typography experts have authenticated the documents, and this may not be technically possible without original documents. The provider of the documents, Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, claims to have burned the originals after faxing copies to CBS. CBS News producer Mary Mapes obtained the copied documents from Burkett, a former officer in the Texas Army National Guard, while pursuing a story about the George W. Bush military service controversy. The papers, purportedly made by Bushs commander, the late Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian, included criticisms of Bushs service in the Guard during the 1970s. In the 60 Minutes segment, anchor Dan Rather stated: We are told were taken from Lieutenant Colonel Killians personal files and incorrectly asserted that the material had been authenticated by experts retained by CBS. The authenticity of the documents was challenged within hours on Internet forums and blogs, with questions initially focused on alleged anachronisms in the documents typography and content soon spreading to the mass media. Although CBS and Rathe...