NORTHBROOK, IL (AP) Dan Rather, who was accused of reporting a story using falsified documents as his source, was recently hired by the New York Times
due to their policy of encouraging this kind of reporting. However, the blogsphere has struck back in force. Rather, whose most recent article had, he
claimed, credible evidence backing it up, has been attacked by many bloggers for his questionable source. Rather reported:
Originally posted by Dan Rather
This just in, the new Pope has been revealed to be a son of satan, brother to GWB, cousin to Cheney, and is claiming what Bush did to be holy! Well,
wiping out the republicans, yeah, I can see that as being holy. Wait, they were evil, went to hell, their faja now has million more soldiers!
However, this information, as has been exposed by the blog Little Green Footballs (LFG), came from a letter written to him in crayon and signed: "Mr.
Pope". LFG claims the letter actually came from Victoria Johnson, an angst filled 13 year old PETA advocate. If this turns out to be true, it will
be another mark against Rather for bias in reporting.
The New York Times, after getting word of the accusations against Rather, came out with a statement. The statement says, in general, that if the
accusations are proven true, Dan Rather will be removed as a reporter and made an editor. The New York Times went on to say that this kind of
reporting, when done against the Bush family and Christianity, is encouraged and required of their reporters. The fact that Rather took a crayon
written note from the Pope and ran with it shows that he is really looking to our mission statement in writing his articles.
Rather has also run with stories such as this one:
Secret documents found that Bush caused 9/11 so he could destroy the Middle East and rename it Haliburton for his boss, Dick Cheney. But then
the people spoke out against it he figured he would cause the "rapture" to happen his way! Amazing!
When asked for his source and a copy of the documents, he refused stating freedom of the press as his defense.
The Pope was unavailable for comment in regards to the letter. Mr. Cheney only commented to say he was, in fact, Bush's boss, but denied accusations
of establishing the United Oil States Of Haliburton.