Dan Rather is finally remembering how he did hiis job during the Nixon years. (For those too young to remember, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw were the White House correspondents for CBS and NBC, with CBS being the major player in television news.)
Dan Rather and CBS are finally dong some investigations into Bush's background:
CBS showed how Bush did receive preferential treatment in getting into the National Guard:
"I would describe it as preferential treatment. There were hundreds of names on the list of people wanting to get into the Air National Guard or the Army National Guard," says Barnes. "I think that would have been a preference to anybody that didn't want to go to Vietnam or didn’t want to leave. We had a lot of young men that left and went to Canada in the '60s and fled this country. But those that could get in the Reserves, or those that could get in the National Guard - chances are they would not have to go to Vietnam."
This is the first time Barnes has told his story publicly, but for years, the president has been hounded by questions about how he got in the National Guard.
"Any allegation that my dad asked for special favors is simply not true," said Mr. Bush. "And the former president of the United States has said that he in no way, shape or form helped me get into the National Guard. I didn't ask anyone to help me get into the Guard either."
CBS also obtained documents written by Bush's squadron commander, Col. Jerry Killian, which provide further evidence of Bush avoiding his duties as a member of the National Guard:
But 60 Minutes has obtained a number of documents we are told were taken from Col. Killian's personal file. Among them, a never-before-seen memorandum from May 1972, where Killian writes that Lt. Bush called him to talk about "how he can get out of coming to drill from now through November."The memo's also provide some information on Bush's missed flight physical:
Lt. Bush tells his commander "he is working on a campaign in Alabama…. and may not have time to take his physical." Killian adds that he thinks Lt. Bush has gone over his head, and is "talking to someone upstairs."
One of the Killian memos is an official order to George W. Bush to report for a physical. The president never carried out the order.
On Aug. 1, 1972, Lt. Bush was suspended from flying status, due to "failure to accomplish his annual medical examination." That document was released years ago. But another document has not been seen until now. It’s a memo that Col. Jerry Killian put in his own file that same day. It says "on this date, I ordered that 1st Lt. Bush be suspended not just for failing to take a physical….but for failing to perform to U.S. Air Force/Texas Air National Guard standards."
He goes on: "The officer [then-Lt. Bush] has made no attempt to meet his training certification or flight physical."
While I do not think that Bush's Vietnam record is what is going to decide this election, it is only fair that the media expose the truth about Bush's record after spending so much time on the now-discredited attacks on John Kerry's record. Hopefully they'll also start taking a closer look at an even worse scandle--George Bush's record over the last four years.