6 thoughts on “Bush’s Vietnam war ‘service’ scandal continues

  1. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com

    Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:13 pm (PST)

    Bush History – The GOP and Dems Agree: Bush has Been a Fiscal Train
    Wreck – 12/28

    The Bush fiscal mess comes into sharp focus when contrasted with a
    report from the Office of Management and Budget that is highlighted by
    the Clinton administration on this date (2000). The Clinton record
    includes nine consecutive years of fiscal progress, and the details are
    stunning, esp. after the last eight years of Bush. Also, a related

    More details, from the 2009 Bush Blunder Calendar …

    Today’s category: Bushisms, Deficit Mismanagement

  2. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com

    Mon Jan 5, 2009 10:16 pm (PST)

    Bush History-Top GOPer Admits Bush War Management was “terrible”, &
    Lies to Congress, 1/6

    The administration lies to Congress on this date to get Bush friend
    Alberto Gonzales named as Attorney General (2005). Also on this date,
    a top Republican admits that Bush war handling was “a terrible mistake”
    (2008). And a related Bushism.

    More details, from the 2009 Bush Blunder Calendar …

    Today’s category: Bushisms, Dishonesty, Incompetence, Iraq, Revolt of
    the GOP & Insiders

  3. Friday 4th March 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Arts

    MARIA DUARTE recommends a film on the shackling of journalists who exposed George W Bush’s draft dodging before he became president

    Truth (15)
    Directed by James Vanderbilt

    AFTER the Oscar-winning Spotlight comes another powerful newsroom drama, this time about the overwhelming pressures from the authorities, financial interests and 24-hour news that have been stifling and slowly killing off investigative journalism.

    Truth outlines the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating president George W Bush’s military service record in the run-up to his second presidential election.

    The ensuing controversy that erupted ended the careers of veteran CBS news anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) and his award-winning producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), who won a Peabody award for breaking the Abu Ghraib story.

    Based on Mapes’s memoirs Truth and Duty, the film shows the painstaking process she and her team (played by Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace) underwent to stand up the story of how Bush avoided Vietnam by joining the Texas Air National Guard, where he went Awol.

    Their work was derailed by bloggers claiming a key memo featured in the report was fake and compiled on computer — 1970s typewriters didn’t have the Microsoft typeface. The revelation became headline news everywhere.

    As Mapes, accused of political bias, tells the independent panel appointed by CBS to investigate the scandal: “Our story was about whether the president fulfilled his service. Nobody wants to talk about that. They want to talk about fonts and forgeries and they hope to God the truth gets lost in the scrum.”

    Which is what happened because, as the film suggests, CBS was more interested in safeguarding its financial concerns. It would be better served by another Bush/Republican administration rather than by supporting their staff over the original story, which no-one stated or proved to be untrue.

    With another powerhouse performance by Blanchett and an equally superb turn by Redford, this thought-provoking political drama is an impressive directorial debut by writer James Vanderbilt, who scripted Zodiac and the The Amazing Spider-Man.

    Any film that make typefaces nail-bitingly gripping deserves all the accolades it gets and Truth certainly merits them in showing the importance of safeguarding investigative journalism.


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