Bernard Goldberg to Discuss Memogate on The O'Reilly Factor
Bernard Goldberg will appear on The O'Reilly Factor tonight to discuss part of a famous 2005 report, a 234-page report by CBS looking in to a 2004 60 Minutes II 'Memogate' story that is all about President Bush's military service.
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"Until now," Goldberg writes on bernardgoldberg.com, "the controversy over the Rather/Mapes story has centered almost entirely on one issue: the legitimacy of the documents [shown in the report] — a very important issue, indeed. But it turns out that there was another very important issue, one that goes to the very heart of what the story was about — and one that has gone virtually unnoticed...."
Bernard Goldberg said he was given a tip to 'go to page 130' of the report:
"Mapes had information prior to the airing of the September 8  Segment that President Bush, while in the TexANG [Texas Air National Guard] did volunteer for service in Vietnam but was turned down in favor of more experienced pilots. For example, a flight instructor who served in the TexANG with Lieutenant Bush advised Mapes in 1999 that Lieutenant Bush 'did want to go to Vietnam but others went first.' Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004 before September 8, that Lieutenant Bush had volunteered to go to Vietnam but did not have enough flight hours to qualify."
This information when largely unreported, except for a few web sites and newspaper articles, and it seems like tonight, much will be revealed.
Dan Rather had a 2007 lawsuit against CBS in which he claimed the network made him a scapegoat and both him and Mapes went on record criticizing the 2005 report.
The lawsuit is still in the court system today, five years after the original 60 Minutes II story was aired.