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NBC and CBS Battled for Bush National-Guard Hit in 2000; John Kerry Forced Interview on CBS in '04

At Texas Monthly, liberal writer Joe Hagan dives again into the allegations about George W. Bush shirking duty in the Texas Air National Guard in the early 1970s. It's not news that Hagan again finds disgraced ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather yammering about how he still feels the fake documents are genuine. (Even Kevin Drum at Mother Jones calls Rather "delusional.") It's more interesting that Rather source Ben Barnes was courted for weeks and months both by CBS and NBC in 2000, and that he only consented to CBS in 2004 because John Kerry leaned on him to help his fellow Democrat out: Kerry knew that in a private fund-raising speech earlier that year, Barnes had told how he visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington one night and grew ashamed at having helped sons of privilege into the Guard while others died in their places.
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