CBS Guard Documents Traced to Texas Kinko’s
CBS Guard Documents Traced to Texas Kinko’s…
WASH POST: Documents allegedly written by deceased officer that raised questions about Bush’s service with Texas National Guard bore markings showing they had been faxed to CBS News from a Kinko’s copy shop in Abilene, Texas… Developing…
So far, nothing at WaPo.
I think this is the first time I’ve seen the famous
without the story being at top center. I guess Category 5 hurricanes trump political scandals.
Update (2247): Here it is.
CBS Guard Documents Traced to Tex. Kinko’s (Michael Dobbs, WaPo) page A06
Documents allegedly written by a deceased officer that raised questions about President Bush’s service with the Texas Air National Guard bore markings showing they had been faxed to CBS News from a Kinko’s copy shop in Abilene, Tex., according to another former Guard officer who was shown the records by the network. The markings provide one piece of evidence suggesting a source for the documents, whose authenticity has been hotly disputed since CBS aired them in a “60 Minutes” broadcast Sept. 8. The network has declined to name the person who provided them, saying the source was confidential, or to explain how the documents came to light after more than three decades.
There is only one Kinko’s in Abilene, and it is 21 miles from the Baird, Tex., home of retired Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, who has been named by several news outlets as a possible source for the documents.
Robert Strong, who was one of three people interviewed by “60 minutes,” said he was shown copies of the documents by CBS anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes on Sept. 5, three days before the broadcast. He said at least one of the documents bore a faxed header indicating it had been sent from a Kinko’s in Abilene.
Not much here, really, but it is another piece in the puzzle. Others are somewhat more excited:
- Chad Evans: “This news is huge! I cannot overstate this enough.”
- Bill INDC: “Oh, This is Could Be Big”
- John Little provides some dramatic new photo
- Steven Taylor tries his hand at some free verse: “The path leads, it would seem, to Abilene.”
- Kevin McGehee chimes in with “People there won’t treat you mean.”
- Paul of Wizbang channels Alice: “curioser and curioser.”
- Bill Quick lives up to his name, posting on this yesterday.
- Jeff Quinton rounds up some more links.
You get the idea. As to lyrical tributes to Abilene, George Strait has already contributed “Sweet Eileen’s in Abilene/She forgot I hung the moon.” George Hamilton IV had a whole song about the city, one line of which McGehee already appropriated.
With respect to the speculation on the identity of our mystery faxer, I would note that Abiline is 474 miles from Wharton, 415 miles from Houston, and 347 miles from Huntsville. This likely means we can rule out the possibility that Dan Rather traveled back in time in a Delorean and faxed the memos to himself.