« Get-Tough Policy on Spending Starts With Roads | Main | Electric Venom's Letter[s] of the Day »
The Boston Globe reports today that key witnesses contradict allegations made by a central source for the Bush AWOL-coverup story:
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett, who has been pressing his charges in the national news media this week, says he even heard one high-ranking officer issue a 1997 order to sanitize the Bush file, and later saw another officer poring over the records and discovered that some had been discarded.
But a key witness to some of the events described by Burkett has told the Globe that the central elements of his story are false. George O. Conn, a former chief warrant officer with the Guard and a friend of Burkett's, is the person whom Burkett says led him to the room where the Bush records were being vetted. But Conn says he never saw anyone combing through the Bush file or discarding records.
"I have no recall of that," Conn said. "I have no recall of that whatsoever. None. Zip. Nada."
Conn's recollection also undercuts another of Burkett's central allegations: that he overheard Bush's onetime chief of staff, Joe M. Allbaugh, telling a Texas Guard general to make sure there were no embarrassments in the Bush record. Burkett says he told Conn, over dinner that same night, what he had overheard. But Conn says that, although Burkett told him he worried that the Bush record would be sanitized, he never mentioned overhearing the conversation between Allbaugh and General Daniel James III.
The Globe, which has been at the forefront of the media pushing this story, now reveals that the entire series of accusations had no basis in reality and in fact should never have been legitimized by the press in the first place. The author of an upcoming book that purports to detail the AWOL charges and their cover-up now admits he never even attempted to interview the two people Burkett accuses of "sanitizing" Bush's files:
But the book's author, James Moore, a former Houston TV news correspondent, concedes he never interviewed some of the key players who could have verified Burkett's charges, including Conn and retired National Guard Colonel John Scribner -- the officer Burkett says he saw removing items from the Bush file.
Moore, told yesterday that Conn contradicts Burkett's story, said he believes Burkett's allegations are true. "I think we're into a classic he-said, she-said," Moore said.
Listening to Hugh Hewitt's show yesterday, Peter Beinhart of The New Republic vehemently accused Hugh of irresponsible journalism by mentioning the Drudge Report story about Kerry's alleged infidelity without having done any responsible verification of the sources, in effect making Kerry publicly prove his innocence without having any evidence of his guilt. However, TNR and every other media outlet has done the exact same thing to George Bush despite the normal presumption of innocence and the extraordinary presumption of satisfactory and complete service that an Honorary Discharge presents. Instead, for at least the file-shredding accusations, every media outlet in the country relied on a single source that its investigator never felt the need to verify with the people he accused of participating in the cover-up!
Not only that, but the Globe story finally shows prior motivation for Burkett's accusations:
Burkett has, in the past, raised his allegations about the Bush records as part of his personal struggle with the Guard over medical benefits. For instance, in a 1998 letter to Texas state Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, Burkett complained that he had not received adequate medical care when he became seriously ill after returning from a mission to Panama.
Now that the Globe has demonstrated the journalistic bankruptcy of this story, I await the apologies of the national media in disavowing this libelous and shameful story. I shan't hold my breath.
UPDATE: A big welcome to Prof. Reynolds' readers from Instapundit, as well as from other links. One link was back to this forum, in a thread that had a response with a subject heading that called either Captain's Quarters or Instapundit the "biggest Bush a@@-kissing blog". I couldn't get to it from behind the firewall here, but I hope it refers to me. I've always wanted to be #1 at something ...Sphere It View blog reactions
TrackBack URL for this entry is
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Globe: Bush AWOL Accusers Lied:
» Corrections.... from QandO
On today's NYTimes correction page.... An article yesterday about a 1998 complaint by a retired Texas National Guard officer, Bill Burkett, that aides to Gov. George W. Bush improperly screened Mr. Bush's Guard files misstated the surname of an author... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 8:21 AM
» It's Going Away... from HobbsOnline
The Boston Globe is reporting that one of the alleged key "witnesses" to an alleged "purging" of George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard records has now denied it happened. This is a key development in the exposing of the... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 9:21 AM
» BUSH WAS AWOL v2.3 from JunkYardBlog
Bush was AWOL had reached version 2.3 as of yesterday. 1.0 was the initial allegation raise during Bush's run for governor of Texas and repeated in 2000. 2.0 popped up briefly last summer and then again when obnoxious fake documentarian... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 9:47 AM
» Friday Blog Roundup (2/13/04)- 'Git along Little Bloggie! from Tasty Manatees
It's time for the roundup again, and this should be a very special Friday the 13th edition! O.K., it's not all that special, but here are some cool pieces from this week that I thought deserved another look. If you like this, don't miss next week's Car... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 10:11 AM
» More CIA and BFEE Tricks? from The Politburo Diktat
Doubts raised on Bush accuser Key witness disputes charge by Guard retiree that files were purged For at least six years, a retired Texas National Guard officer has maintained that President Bush's record as a member of the Guard was... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 11:02 AM
» Kerry and the Intern: Shhh! Don't Wake the Media from brainstorming
I'm asking you to please not talk about "IT". You know what "IT" I'm talking about, right? The one in Drudge? Followed by this update? I'M 100% SERIOUS HERE, FOLKS.. Why do I fervently hope the mainstream press ignores the [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 11:39 AM
» More On The "Bush AWOL" Lie from Jay Reding.com
The line that Bush was AWOL from his Air National Guard service continued its collapse today as one of his chief accusers was found to be lying: Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett, who has been pressing his charges in the... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 12:02 PM
Tracked on February 13, 2004 12:45 PM
» THANK GOD FOR FELINE INTERVENTION from Pejmanesque
Every Friday, Kevin Drum puts up one post dedicated to catblogging. This Friday is no different. I usually don't note Kevin's catblogging, but I did fear that this weekly feature would go on hiatus given the fact that just about... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 2:11 PM
» Timing from Kalblog
People will certainly complain that the President released his service records on a Friday afternoon. It hasn't happened yet, but it doubtless will, even left-wing elements in the media are doubting what happened. What that is forgetting, however, is t... [Read More]
Tracked on February 13, 2004 8:42 PM
» Misrepresenting the Globe/Burkett article from Verities
This is the kind of bullshit I'm talking about. "Captain's Quarters" headlines it's observaations on the Globe article thusly: "Globe: Bush AWOL Accusers Lied." Well, bullshit. The Cap'n indicates that the BOSTON GLOBE says Burkett lied; the Globe says no [Read More]
Tracked on February 15, 2004 7:54 AM
» CSI: Abilene from Watcher of Weasels
Here is the CBS statement that everyone was waiting for with bated breath all day: “We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate or we would not have put them on television. There was a great deal of... [Read More]
Tracked on September 16, 2004 1:38 AM
My Other Blog!
Comment Moderation Policy - Please Read!
Skin The Site
Des Moines Register
International Herald Tribune
The Weekly Standard
The New Republic
AP News (Yahoo! Headlines)
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
- dave on Another National Health Care System Horror Story
- brooklyn on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- rbj on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- Robin S on Requiem For A Betrayed Hero
- Ken on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- Robin S. on Requiem For A Betrayed Hero
- RBMN on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- NoDonkey on Another National Health Care System Horror Story
- Robin Munn on Fred Thompson Interview Transcript
- filistro on When Exactly Did Art Die?
Proud Ex-Pat Member of the Bear Flag League!