Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, September 16, 2004
NETWORK FRAUDSTER, CBS, "maintains that "the content" of the [Killian memos on George W Bush's reserve force service] story is true", although they can't deny that the memos themselves are fakes.

Sound familiar?

It should. It's the same defence used by Defence 'whistleblower' Mike Scrafton and his supporters after Scrafton's evidence imploded before the Senate Committee established to broadcast it.

The evidence was clearly false, but the message should be allowed to stand, that was Mike Scrafton's position.

And it was good enough for most of the Australian media and commentariat. It's not hard to understand that CBS is relying on the same defence, but is the US media supine enough to let CBS get away with it?