Rather’s Attack on President Bush’s Military Service
on Left-Wing Media’s Contrived Myths
Col. John H. Wambough, Jr. USAF (Ret.)
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Tied Left-Wing Media Myths in with Fraudulent Memos
Response to "Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers"-- on
Col. John H. Wambough, Jr
Rather and Mary Mapes are still
embracing the veracity of content of their 60 Minutes fraudulent memos aired on
troubling than Dan Rather's CBS fraudulent memos are the maliciously contrived
myths embedded in those fraudulent memos. The hoax exposé (below)
demostrates that the content of Dan Rather's memos was fraudulent.
Left-Wing Media (LWM) treachery,
deception and distortion laid a solid foundation for Dan
Rather's CBS 60 Minutes fabricated
story and fraudulent memos.
Prior to Election 2004, communications generated by "credentialed media"
misled the American people about GWB’s ANG record. As you read the hoaxes perpetrated by LWM
against the American people, appreciate that these hoaxes were contrived from interwoven myths
forged via repetition (by LWM, Democrat National Committee [Terry McAuliffe], Kerry's
Campaign, Left-Wing 527s and finally, Dan Rather’s 60 Minutes). The purpose of these hoaxes
was to defeat President Bush in Election 2004 and restore the Democrat Party to
Hundreds Hoax" Left-Wing
Media (LWM) asserted (prior to the election) that GWB was leapfrogged over hundreds of Texas
Air National Guard (TANG) applicants to protect him from the draft and avoid
were reasons why the TANG was short of pilots. At the time GWB applied for a pilot slot, the
147th FIG was routinely deploying F-102 pilots to
Can it be validated that there was "no waiting list for qualified pilot applicants in May 1968" when GWB applied for the TANG? Yes it can. Four separate entities can confirm no waiting list: First, the pilots that were flying in the 147th FIG (111th Tactical Interceptor Squadron) in May 1968; Second, the ANG senior officers that were in the 147th FIG in May 1968; Third, the Director of Operations for the TANG (when GWB was in the ANG) Colonel Earl Lively says: there was no waiting list for qualified pilot applicants to get in the TANG as a pilot in 1968; and Fourth, the TANG history indicates no waiting list for qualified pilot applicants in May 1968. Even later, when there were waiting lists, practically all applicants were applying for ANG enlisted positions; not for officer pilot training.
Pre-election strategy was to malign President Bush’s military service and undermine the peoples’ trust in GWB as Commander-In-Chief. At the same time, Kerry was promoted as a war hero in a calculated effort to offset Kerry’s anti-war activities and extreme anti-national security voting record. Promoters of the Leapfrogged Hundreds Hoax were LWM, the DNC, Terry McAuliffe, the Kerry Campaign, Left-Wing 527 Groups, Left-Wing supporters and Dan Rather’ CBS 60 Minutes program.
The leapfrogged hundreds hoax was a progressive hoax. Once Left-Wing "credentialed" media duped the American people into "erroneously" believing that GWB was leapfrogged over hundreds of applicants, then the hoax was embellished with an assertion: that the only way GWB could have been leapfrogged over hundreds of applicants would be through the use of political influence, family intervention, favoritism and special treatment. Then the hoax manufacturers went in for the kill with Dan Rather’s CBS 60 Minute interview with Ben Barnes. In this interview, Ben asserted how troubling it was for him to admit that it was he who got GWB leapfrogged over hundreds of ANG applicants. Ben, answer one question, how did you get GWB leapfrogged over hundreds of applicants if there was no waiting list (in the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group) for qualified pilot applicants in May 1968? This is a question that needs to be answered by Ben Barnes, Dan Rather, Mary Mapes and credentialed LWM. The Report of the Independent Review Panel validates my commentary. See pages 130 and 131.
progressive hoax doesn’t stop here. The hoaxers further duped the American people into
believing that not only had GWB used political influence to leapfrog hundreds of ANG
applicants but that he did so to avoid going to
George Herbert Walker Bush stated publicly that the Bush family played no part,
whatsoever, in getting GWB in the ANG. President George W. Bush stated publicly that he
had no help from anyone in getting into the Guard. For arguments sake, let's disregard
what both Presidents said on this issue.
serendipity benefit of the CBS 60 Minutes fraudulent memo scandal was that the
public got to hear directly from retired ANG senior officers about GWB's ANG service
(unfiltered by LWM). What these officers had to say was quite different
from what LWM had been telling the American people. Retired Colonel Walter
B. "Buck" Staudt (who conducted the interview that resulted in GWB being selected by
the ANG) stated in an ABC
Special Interview that: "He recalled Bush as a standout candidate"; “No
one called me about taking George Bush into the Air National Guard. It was my decision. I
swore him in. I never heard anything from anybody.”; “He didn’t use political influence
to get into the Air National Guard”; “He was highly qualified. He passed all the scrutiny
and tests he was given” “He was a well-educated, bright-eyed young man, just the kind of
guy we were looking for." "He presented himself well. He more than met the
requirements for pilot training. I’d say he was in the upper 10 percent or 5 percent or
whatever we ever talked to about going to pilot training. We were pretty particular because
when he came back (from training); we had to fly with him.”
journalist searching for the truth on how GWB was selected for the ANG would have asked
himself simple logical questions. First, why wouldn't the ANG want GWB? Bush was a
Yale graduate and potentially a great asset to the Guard. Second, why wouldn't the Guard
select a young man who had already met stringent educational, security clearance and physical
requirements for pilot training and held the attributes Staudt stated in the ABC
Special Interview? (These attributes were well known by many people). Third,
there was “no waiting list” for “qualified pilot applicants” in May 1968 (when GWB
applied for pilot training) so why would political influence be needed? Fourth, GWB's pilot
instructor in the F-102 (Major Maurice Udell) pegged GWB in the top 5 percent of pilots he
instructed; GWB was known to be a top notch fighter pilot by the pilots that flew with him and
knew him. Given due consideration to the above and positive information about the flying
skills of GWB, a fair minded journalist would have concluded that the ANG made the right
decision when they selected GWB for a pilot training.
having done their homework, would have known that GWB got into the Guard based on
his own merit. Their problem was that this wasn't the story LWM wanted told, so LWM
fabricated a different story: one of political influence, family
influence and favoritism and sold that story to the American people. They perpetrated a
hoax on the American people every bit as malicious as the fabricated story and fraudulent
memos used in Dan Rather's CBS 60 Minute hit piece. Where is the outrage? It’s a fascinating
story – how is it that LWM hoaxes became embedded in Dan Rather’s fraudulent memos.
Whatever happened to fair and balanced journalism, seeking the truth, ethical standards and
independence of the press? Apparently, when a national election is at stake these principles
do not apply to LWM. There must be a special dispensation given media during the
national election cycle that allows Party affiliation and activism to trump ethics
and fair play. Fortunately, the Blogoshpere, Radio Talk Shows and FOX
News have now made it risky for LWM to continue its fraudulent
and partisan reporting.
"Political Influence / Favoritism Hoax" was propped up by Dan Rather's CBS
60 Minute Ben Barnes' story. Should LWM want to use Ben Barnes to defend their accusation
of political influence, they should be reminded that Ben Barnes' daughter stated that Ben
Barnes had nothing to do with getting GWB in the Guard and that her father told her
(during the 2000 election cycle) that he had nothing to do with getting Bush into the Guard.
Also, remind LWM that Ben Barnes was a big fund raiser ($100,000) and supporter of John Kerry
and was "likely" in line for a position in government had Kerry been elected
President. This is the “reliable source” Dan Rather used to attack President Bush and help
validate the content of CBS’ fraudulent memos. Ben
is the type of “reliable source” CBS goes to when they want to attack President Bush.
He is the "reliable source" that swears he got GWB leapfrogged over
hundreds of ANG applicants even though there was “no waiting list” for “qualified pilot
applicants” in May 1968 when GWB applied to the TANG. LWM pointed this out,
President of the
LWM hoaxes covered above are just a small sampling of what LWM did to assassinate the
character of GWB for the purpose of getting a Left-Wing Liberal Democrat elected
President. Articles written about the President's service in the Guard were seldom
written from a politically neutral perspective. When LWM went back 30 plus years to
"explore" GWB's ANG record, they were on a search and destroy mission.
They were not looking to find the good. They were looking to find bad. When
they they didn't find bad, then they speculated, conjured up, fabricated and
manufactured it. LWM used fraud and deception each time they attacked GWB's ANG
service. Many Americans were duped by LWM. Fortunately Bloggers saved the day and
exposed CBS’ fraudulent reporting, and in so doing, discredited the reporting
ethics of the, so-called, “credentialed” media. People should realize that LWM
is as culpable as Dan
Rather. It was LWM that manufactured and promulgated the myths which provided
the fraudulent content supporting Dan Rather's fraudulent memos. It should be noted
hile the American people heard the steady drum beat of attacks on GWB's service in the
ANG, LWM refused to methodically scrutinize Kerry's service history. There were
no LWM lawsuits for the release of Kerry's records as there were for GWB and there was
no LWM drumbeat for Kerry to sign form 180 - which would have released all of
Kerry's military records.
hile the American people heard the steady drum beat of attacks on GWB's service in the ANG, LWM refused to methodically scrutinize Kerry's service history. There were no LWM lawsuits for the release of Kerry's records as there were for GWB and there was no LWM drumbeat for Kerry to sign form 180 - which would have released all of Kerry's military records.
should be noted that CBS' attempts to sabotage GWB didn't stop with Dan Rather's
John Wambough is a retired Air Force colonel with 28 years of service. During his career in the Air Force, Colonel Wambough flew F-105 and F-111 tactical fighter aircraft. His combat tour in
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