Greenfield: From Rathergate to Rolling Stone: Fake But Accurate

A decade after Dan Rather’s career ended over an attempt to pass off forged documents about President Bush’s military service, Robert Redford is working on a movie about the case.

The movie is based on CBS producer Mary Mapes’ book “Truth”, which denies the truth that the documents were not written on a 70s typewriter, but in Microsoft Word.

That scandal led to the coining of the phrase, “Fake, but Accurate”. Ten years later, they’re still fake but accurate…

…Modern lefty media journalism is more interested in narratives than in facts. The specific facts of a case may be fake, but that doesn’t matter as long as the narrative is accurate…

  • cmh

    for god’s sake it’s a movie…..

    • Surele Surele

      yes, it is. but sadly, a lot of people get their “education” about history and current affairs from hollywood movies and comedy shows. A friend was shocked when he discovered that the music for Bugs Bunny was not written for the cartoon.

  • David Murrell

    Good essay by Jeff Greenfield, about how big Hollywood money is going to be put to use to defend Dan Rather and his fabricated lies during the Bush/Kerry presidential contest. It’s interesting that big corporate money was available to produce Mary Mape’s book

    • Frau Katze

      Looks like a good book…if I could find time to read it.

  • Waffle

    It’s been evident for some time that people prefer sweet lies to inconvenient truths. History has been trashed and it’s disciplines are no longer taught.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    To paraphrase Steve Sailer: The Narrative never loses. It’s either a win, or the game is rained out.

    Speaking of The Narrative, progressives must be jumping for joy at the latest fatal police shooting of a fleeing unarmed black man. The event was captured on cellphone video. The officer attempted a cover up. It has all the elements.

    This is the one they’ve been waiting for. This one is not going to unravel like the UVA rape hoax or the Michael Brown shooting.

    • kkruger71

      I find the story is starting to gain ground on Facebook. It was actually a bit slow to take off, but I think they were a bit gun-shy of jumping on the bandwagon this time after getting burned so many times before.
      Unfortunately now, in light of the fact it looks like he was trying to plant evidence, it will spark not only this case but conspiracy theories about all the other ones in the last few years.

      • Uncle_Waspy

        Yeah, the story was a little slow to gain traction.

        This story raises other questions: Like how the hell would the officer explain away the coroner’s report that deceased was shot in the back? Do they even perform autopsies in cases like this, or do they simply cremate the remains and the coroner files a report that corroborates the officer’s report?

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