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CBS Concedes It Cannot Vouch For Bush Guard Document's Authenticity

September 20, 2004 -- Posted at 12:24 PM CDT

NEW YORK (AP) _ It's an embarrassing admission for CBS on a big story. The network admits it can't be sure that documents that were used to question President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service are the real thing.

CBS says it was wrong to air a story on 60 Minutes that it couldn't substantiate. Several experts had said the documents purportedly written by one of Bush's squadron commanders were fakes.

But CBS strongly defended the documents -- and didn't admit the papers might be questionable under the commander's former secretary said she believed they were fakes.

CBS says a retired Texas National Guard official has acknowledged providing the documents -- and that he admitted to Dan Rather this weekend that he deliberately misled a network producer about the papers' origin, to protect a source.

CBS anchor Dan Rather says he's sorry CBS "made a mistake in judgment".

He's says if he'd known then what he knows now, he wouldn't have gone ahead with the story as it aired on 60 Minutes.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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