CBS: Memos Were Accurate

Matt Drudge has the following:

Statement by the President of CBS News, Andrew Heyward:

“We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate or we would not have put them on television. There was a great deal of coroborating [sic] evidence from people in a position to know. Having said that, given all the questions about them, we believe we should redouble our efforts to answer those questions, so that’s what we are doing.”

So far, nothing on CBS News’ official site or the CBS main page.

Update (2005): Drudge has more:

‘A Preponderance of Evidence’ Wed Sep 15 2004 19:39:35 ET

The CBS News report was based on a preponderance of evidence: many interviews, both on- and off-camera, with individuals with direct and indirect knowledge of the situation, atmosphere and events of the period in question, as well as the procedures, character and thinking of Lt. Col. Killian, Lt. Bush’s squadron commander in the Guard, at the time.

The report also included the first television interview with Ben Barnes, a Democrat and current fundraiser for John Kerry, who said he helped get Mr. Bush into the Texas Air National Guard at the request of a Bush family friend.

Numerous questions have been raised about the authenticity of the documents. CBS News believes it is important for the news media to be accountable and address legitimate questions.

Still nothing on the CBS sites.

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  4. PoliBlog says:

    The Tales of CBS News Continues
    Jeff Quinton is all over the story, such as it is.

    And if this is the much-awaited statement, I have two words for the Tiffany Net: quite lame.

    Ok, I have a few more: to hold onto the idea that the documents that they realized are in fact genui…

  5. Rob Turpin says:

    Notice the word accurate instead of authentic

  6. Rob Turpin says:

    Well it seems many people have noticed and have used the same wording. Didn’t mean to steal..