Rather's lone expert, Marcel Matley, "is primarily a handwriting expert whose expertise in document evaluation has been challenged by the head of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners," reported the New York Post.
What's more, the document in question was a photocopy, not an original, something Matley himself once said precluded any conclusive authentication.
In fact, by the time of Rather's Friday broadcast, an array of document experts had spoken out on his earlier report. So, why didn't the CBS News star cite any of their analysis?
Because almost none of it backed his reporting.
Sandra Ramsey Lines, for instance - a forensic document expert who edits the Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners - told the Associated Press that she "could testify in court that, beyond a reasonable doubt, her opinion was that the memos were written on a computer."
In a development that could have devastating implications for John Kerry's presidential campaign, CBS News is refusing to say whether the top Democrat, his campaign aides or any other prominent party officials had anything to do with supplying "60 Minutes" with a National Guard memo about President Bush that experts say was forged.
Asked about a Kerry connection to the forged memo, a senior CBS official told the New York Post, "I can't answer that question."
The unnamed CBS executive then promptly hung up.
I know this one must have been bloged to death, but. Does Dan have any more credibility to burn? Did anyone really doubt that Kerry’s people were behind this? You mean in the last four years of hate that they could not find this and bring it to the surface? Sorry I am just not going to swallow that kool-aid.