Unfortunately for CBS, Dan Rather’s hairdresser sucks up so much of the budget that there was nothing left for any fact-checking, so the ”60 Minutes” crew rushed on air with a damning National Guard memo conveniently called ”CYA” that Bush’s commanding officer had written to himself 32 years ago. ”This was too hot not to push,” one producer told the American Spectator. Hundreds of living Swiftvets who’ve signed affidavits and are prepared to testify on camera — that’s way too cold to push; we’d want to fact-check that one thoroughly, till, say, midway through John Kerry’s second term. But a handful of memos by one dead guy slipped to us by a Kerry campaign operative — that meets ”basic standards” and we gotta get it out there right away.
Sounds about right.