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Wall Street Journal commentary[edit]

Read this: http://www.wsj.com/articles/dan-rather-still-wrong-after-all-these-years-1445295792 98.118.62.140 (talk) 13:12, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

That's a pretty nonsensical opinion piece that only echoes the equally nonsensical claims by the original group of right wing bloggers. Its reference to the CBS panel report as an "exhaustive, and ultimately devastating, independent review of the affair that would become known as “Rathergate” showed, the segment had a way of ignoring facts that subverted its viewpoint" is also nonsensical -- that panel report was highly criticized, and it was particularly devastatingly taken apart in this "review" in the New York Review of Books. The two people who headed up the panel; report, Dick Thornburgh and Lou Boccardi, took issue with the review, which led to this exchange that also showed how poorly the panel "investigated" matters. To this day, there still isn't any seriously substantiated evidence for forgery, and serious critiques like that in the NY Book Review, and this extensive Texas Monthly article from a few years back (which also revealed that the infamous "Buckhead" blogger didn't actually know anything at all about what he was posting about) have showed little reason to believe the forgery claims.
Wikipedia rules pretty much don't allow primary sources to be used, which means that Wikipedia articles are dependent on sources like the WSJ for entering content, however poorly researched (if researched at all) they might be. Years ago I tried to introduce old proportionally printed memos like this, but they were all removed. The same with military writing guides and references to how common, old office tech wasn't exactly all about typewriters. Whatever -- history, shmistory. -BC aka 209.6.92.99 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 23:10, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
That Seattle Times article debunking "Buckhead" overlooks something: as a lawyer, one of his specialties was authenticating questioned documents so in fact he did actually know what what he was posting about. That article was a hatchet job attacking his politics and says nothing about his qualifications as a document examiner. -- Naaman Brown (talk) 20:40, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
 ??? Authenticating questioned documents is a [specialized skill] that few if any lawyers have -- that's pretty much always done by outside experts, and even Buckhead himself *never* pretended to be anything like that. His only claimed "expertise" was that he worked in offices that had computers, printers, and such. You could say the same of any average secretary who's been around for a while. -BC aka 209.6.92.99 (talk) 00:23, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

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