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Why RatherGate was a -Gate

by baldilocks

At Storify, Brian Cates gets heated up about the new movie in the works which pur­ports to tell the story of eyeny1Rather­Gate. Allegedly, the movie will por­tray for­mer CBS anchor Dan Rather as a truth –teller with respect to his 2004 report on the Texas Air National Guard ser­vice of For­mer Pres­i­dent George W. Bush.

I feel Mr. Cates’ pain, as I blogged quite a bit about the attempt to den­i­grate GWB’s ser­vice. And, though I was, at best, a minor player in the expo­sure of the elab­o­rate fraud which Rather and com­pany attempted put over on the Amer­i­can peo­ple, I’d like to think that I helped – if only to point the big boys and girls in the right direction.

Why did it mean so much to me? Not just because I voted for George Bush in 2000 and intended to vote for him in 2004 – which I did. But because I had served in the USAF and the USAFR and, to any­one famil­iar with either – espe­cially the USAFR – it was blind­ingly obvi­ous that the doc­u­ment used to sup­port the alle­ga­tion that GWB had gone AWOL (sic) from his TANG posi­tion was a bogus one. And I’m not even talk­ing about the typeface.

But instead of re-​telling the rea­sons not related to the infa­mous memo, allow me to quote myself.

Why am I not sur­prised to find out that the “main­stream media” can­not man­age to dig up one of their num­ber who is/​was a Guardsman/​Reservist? […]

Inter­pre­ta­tion [of GWB’s TANG atten­dance records from Octo­ber 1972 to July 1973]? What is there to inter­pret? The doc­u­ment shown isn’t some obscure scroll writ­ten in a long dead lan­guage, found dur­ing an arche­o­log­i­cal dig at the foot of the Him­i­layas. It’s an objec­tive doc­u­ment show­ing the amount of atten­dance points that Pres­i­dent Bush earned dur­ing the last part of his ANG stint – the part that a cer­tain seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion just can’t get out of their minds.

You have to actu­ally be there for some­thing other than a goose egg to be listed under “points.”

Yes, the fraud was fraud­u­lent. But…

He’s right, you know. And it’s up to those of us who incred­u­lously watched what hap­pened to remem­ber – and to tell those who weren’t pay­ing atten­tion at the time. After all, that last is how we got to place we are now; inattention.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

by baldilocks

At Storify, Brian Cates gets heated up about the new movie in the works which purports to tell the story of eyeny1RatherGate. Allegedly, the movie will portray former CBS anchor Dan Rather as a truth -teller with respect to his 2004 report on the Texas Air National Guard service of Former President George W. Bush.

I feel Mr. Cates’ pain, as I blogged quite a bit about the attempt to denigrate GWB’s service. And, though I was, at best, a minor player in the exposure of the elaborate fraud which Rather and company attempted put over on the American people, I’d like to think that I helped–if only to point the big boys and girls in the right direction.

Why did it mean so much to me? Not just because I voted for George Bush in 2000 and intended to vote for him in 2004–which I did. But because I had served in the USAF and the USAFR and, to anyone familiar with either–especially the USAFR–it was blindingly obvious that the document used to support the allegation that GWB had gone AWOL (sic) from his TANG position was a bogus one. And I’m not even talking about the typeface.

But instead of re-telling the reasons not related to the infamous memo, allow me to quote myself.

Why am I not surprised to find out that the “mainstream media” cannot manage to dig up one of their number who is/was a Guardsman/Reservist? […]

Interpretation [of GWB’s TANG attendance records from October 1972 to July 1973]? What is there to interpret? The document shown isn’t some obscure scroll written in a long dead language, found during an archeological dig at the foot of the Himilayas. It’s an objective document showing the amount of attendance points that President Bush earned during the last part of his ANG stint–the part that a certain segment of the population just can’t get out of their minds.

You have to actually be there for something other than a goose egg to be listed under “points.”

Yes, the fraud was fraudulent. But…

He’s right, you know. And it’s up to those of us who incredulously watched what happened to remember–and to tell those who weren’t paying attention at the time. After all, that last is how we got to place we are now; inattention.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!