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More on CBS-Burkett-Kerry

Reported by Melanie - September 24, 2004 -

At 1:03 p.m. ET today (September 24, 2004) on Dayside w/Linda Vester, after a full fledged "FOX NEWS ALERT" with all the bells and whistles, Vester said: "Fox News alert. We've just got some breaking news on the CBS document scandal."

After summarizing the "CBS document scandal," Vester said, "a Texas newspaper reported today that Lockhart tried to convince Burkett to give him the memos."

Now, she said, Burkett's former lawyer, Gabe Quintanilla (who stopped representing Burkett on Wednesday), had called the show and was on the line to say that the article, published in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, was not true and had been retracted.

Introducing Quintanilla, Vester read the most important sentence corrected by the Star Telegram, as it was written before the correction:

"...he said Lockhart tried to convince me as to why I should give them the documents." (My emphasis.)

COMMENT: In the corrected Star Telegram article, that sentence reads:

Burkett said CBS tried to "convince me as to why I should give them the documents." (My emphasis.)

In my opinion this segment was pretty low: the FOX NEWS ALERT at the beginning, repeating the debunked information twice, and airing it at all. Quintanilla was able to make his point, but Fox seems intent on painting a picture of a deep connection between the Kerry campaign and Burkett. If the only thing Fox's viewers remember about this segment is the incorrect information that Lockhart (instead of CBS) tried to get the documents from Burkett, they'll be happy as clams.