Dan rather is widely known as a Democratic supporter.
His daughter is a fund raiser for the Kerry camapign.
Barnes, the guy in the story who claims he helped Bush get into the National Guard is also a Kerry campaign fund raiser.
There are claims being made that the Kerry campaign had these documents and possibly handed them over to CBS.
CBS interviewed Killian family members and other people who were suspicious of the authenticity of the documents, yet CBS did not air ANY opposing viewpoints in their story. CBS did not inform the viewer that Barnes was a Kerry campaign fund raiser either.
CBS also did not bring forth the source of the documents, nor did they bring forth anybody who can cooberate the story told in the documents.
The release of these documents, if authentic, would be considered illegal.
At the very least this is extremely shoddy journalism, at worst they do not have any witnesses(National Guard officials) and this story was a blantant and intentional character assisination attempt and hatchet job by an "news" organization acting on behalf of a political campaign.