Dan Rather has also issued a statement, saying (according to Drudge):
I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.Okay....but where's the part where you retract the statements where you dismissed concerns about the authenticity of the memos as merely being the work of "partisan political operatives"? And where's the part about ignoring the 260-plus living Swift Boat Veterans for weeks and then breatlessly rushing the memo story onto the air without, as it turns out, any credible proof?
Oh well, it's a start, I suppose.
P.S. On the other hand, thanks for waiting just long enough to ensure that the story will be the main headline for at least another week! Years of charges notwithstanding, it makes me wonder if you're not actually an undercover operative for the GOP...