Monday, September 20, 2004

CBS And Dan, The Black Knight Begin Backing Down


Black Knight: Ohhh, had enough, eh?

Arthur: Look, you stupid *******, you've got no arms left!

Black Knight: Yes I have!

Arthur: LOOK!!!

Black Knight: Just a flesh wound! (kicking Arthur again)

Arthur: Look, STOP that!

Black Knight: Chicken!!! Chicken!!!!!!!

Arthur: Look, I'll have your leg!

(The Black Knight continues his kicking)

Arthur: RIGHT! (He chops off the black knight's leg with his sword)

Black Knight: (hopping) Right! I'll do you for that!

Arthur: You'll *WHAT*?

Black Knight: Come 'ere!

Arthur: (tiring of this) What're you going to do, bleed on me?

Black Knight: I'm *INVINCIBLE*!!!

Arthur: You're a looney....

Black Knight: The Black Knight ALWAYS TRIUMPHS! Have at you!!

The Power Line crew points out that the CBS "climbdown" is beginning, or so it seems. The New York Times and the Washington Post both have stories.

It will be interesting to see if CBS apologizes, and if it continues to insist that the story is true-- that (1) Bush used influence to get into the Guard and (2) he did not fulfll his obligations once admitted. As far as I know, there's no evidence to support (1), although the simple fact is tha Bush was who he was-- the son of a well-known and respected Texan who had been a congressman and then served in several key government positions. A senior Guard officer reviewing the application of a strong candidate might well have decided that, all other things being equal, he'd take the young man from the prominent family. Such things happen all the time. Not coming from a prominent or influential family myself, I have never liked that fact of life, but it is a fact of life nonetheless.

Regarding (2), Bush's fulfillment of his responsibilities to the Guard, I don't think there's a shred of evidence that this allegation is true. In fact, there is pretty compelling evidence that it is not true, based on the (unforged) documents released by the Pentagon. This piece by Byron York in The Hill seems to lay the issue to rest, and I have never seen anyone on the other side of the question respond to the information York presents here.


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