True or false - legit or illegit?

I absolutely HATE IT when there is enough information on both sides of an argument (story) that I don't know whom to believe. Yes, I am referring to the CBS panel report about Dan Rather and the firing of Mary Mapes. Here's one article/viewpoint at The Weekly Standard by Jonathan Last.

Alas, I've not found a link yet to the original report - supposedly 211-212 pages long. When I do find it, providing someone else doesn't find it first, I will post it here.

If I were old enough, I think I would be missing Edward R. Murrows right about now.

AND ON A COMPLETELY UNRELATED NOTE:

How about if Uncle Sam (that's you and me as taxpaying citizens, you know) took the $40 MILLION that's being spent on an inaugural ball and send, oh, $35 MILLION of it to Sri Lanka? Or to the Red Cross earmarked for Tsunami relief? Wouldn't that double the United States' current donation and give the rest of the world a few more warm fuzzies about the current administration? I picture the conversation with OMB (Office of Management and Budget) going something like this:

"Hey, you know, we could really knock this party out with only $5 big ones. What say we just hire Jimmy Buffet and order in some hors d'ourves?"

And I picture some guy with a cigar sounding like the coach for the Cleveland Indians in Major League going, "That's an hell of an idea!"

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About Inaugural ball / US Tsunami contribution

"How about if Uncle Sam (that's you and me as taxpaying citizens, you know) took the $40 MILLION that's being spent on an inaugural ball and send, oh, $35 MILLION of it to Sri Lanka? Or to the Red Cross earmarked for Tsunami relief? Wouldn't that double the United States' current donation and give the rest of the world a few more warm fuzzies about the current administration?"The $40 million you hear for Inagural events has been privately raised.The United States Government's current pledge to Tsunami relief is 350 million, easily 10 times more than the Inagural.Having said that, it's certainly true that even our expanded aid contribution would not pay for three days of our Iraq occupation, if it is keeping at the previously estimated $4 Billion a month. It's also about two and half percent of we we spent on this year's hurricanes in Florida, which sustained much less damage. Still, it's good that we are one of the major contributors, behind Australia and Germany.There's a saying I set good store by -- if you want to see someone's real values, ask to see their checkbook. People (and I'd believe, nations) spend their money on what they consider to be their highest priority.

Can we also cancel?

How about we cancel: the Academy Awards, the Super Bowl, the People's Choice Awards, the Grammy Awards, the MTV Awards, the World Series, March Madness, etc...

Also, why don't we close all the libraries and take all the library worker's salaries and donate that to the tsunami relief effort?

Rathergate

I'm having trouble understanding you. Do you believe that CBS did nothing wrong?

Here is the report. CBS Report

That $350 million doesn't count other things

That $350 million doesn't count what the U.S. military is doing for the tsunami relief in those affected countries.

I was reading that in Jakarta, which boasts several billionaires (that is billion with a B), the billionaires haven't opened their checkbooks one nanometer to help their fellow citizens. If I find the link, I will post it.

Re:Can we also cancel?

"How about we cancel: the Academy Awards, the Super Bowl, the People's Choice Awards, the Grammy Awards, the MTV Awards, the World Series, March Madness, etc..."Wouldn't bother me, but then I took Tomeboy's advice and dropped out of pop culture.Since the Administration draws parallels with World War II whenever possible, perhaps the President could follow President Roosevelt's example of not hosting Inaugural festivities during a time when thousands of people were dying during an overseas war. It would be a very small sacrifice compared to what a US or Iraqi soldier faces every day in Iraq. The $40 million in private donations could be donated to a soldiers' aid organization. That would be a concrete way to support the troops.

Re:Rathergate

Thanks for posting the link to the report! In answer to your question, I honestly DON'T know whom to believe. That's one of the reasons I wanted to see the original report rather than relying on others' perceptions of what the report said. I hope to come to my own conclusions - what those will be remain to be seen.

Re:Can we also cancel?

I should have expanded my focus beyond just the tsunami efforts. After all, there are floods in Cincinnati on the Ohio River and mudslides in La Conchita, CA, that are destroying everything in their paths. In a very real sense, charity does start at home.

Re:Can we also cancel?

That was his 4th (fourth) one and his health wasn't the best at the time (he died a couple months later).

The same organizations and corporations that have donated to the inaugural festivities have donate the same amount or more to tsunami victims. They have also donated to other causes.

This just more thinly veiled attempts to bash Bush. Methinks if Kerry won, the same folks wouldn't be mau-mauing like this.

Re:About Inaugural ball / US Tsunami contribution

The terrible thing is sticking the city of D.C. with the lion's share of the security bill. The feds should pay for it all; however, that is life in D.C. and it all comes out of Homeland Security grants.

Too bad the city government decided to blow several hundred million bucks making Bud Selig and MLB richer by agreeing to pay for a new stadium. Then again, D.C. elected Mayor-For-Life several times.

Re:About Inaugural ball / US Tsunami contribution

"Too bad the city government decided to blow several hundred million bucks making Bud Selig and MLB richer by agreeing to pay for a new stadium."On this issue we are in complete agreement.

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