Hurricane Dan contin…
Hurricane Dan continues to swirl, with blusters reaching record speeds. One of the tornados spawned off from this has been the Abilene, TX Kinkos angle.

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.

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.

Burkett has had an axe to grind with Bush for a good long time. This isn’t a coincidence.

And now Dan himself is admitting to doubts about the memos.

CBS anchor Dan Rather acknowledged for the first time yesterday that there are serious questions about the authenticity of the documents he used to question President Bush’s National Guard record last week on “60 Minutes.”

“If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I’d like to break that story,” Rather said in an interview last night. “Any time I’m wrong, I want to be right out front and say, ‘Folks, this is what went wrong and how it went wrong.’ ”

Somebody get this man a laptop and an Internet connection before he tries to “break” a story that’s been all over the blogosphere, and even in the MSM, for over a week. Is that the CBS definition of a “scoop”?

“This is not about me,” Rather said before anchoring last night’s newscast. “I recognize that those who didn’t want the information out and tried to discredit the story are trying to make it about me, and I accept that.”

Um, Dan. Since you presented these documents as real to the American public, and you personally vouched for them (for a time, anyway), then it most certainly is about you. Why are you blaming fact checkers for the false “facts” you tried to foist on us? This sounds like Clinton blaming Starr for discovering Clinton’s lies; blame the investigator(s) for uncovering the truth. What arrogance!

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