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The Killian documents controversy (also referred to as Memogate or Rathergate) involved six purported documents critical of U. Four of these documents were presented as authentic in a 60 Minutes II broadcast aired by CBS on September 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 Presidential Election, but it was later found that CBS had failed to authenticate the documents. Bush's service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73.
Killian, included criticisms of Bush's service in the Guard during the 1970s.The film was however not approved by current CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS refused to air advertisements for the film due to there being "inaccuracies and distortions".The memos, allegedly written in 19, were obtained by CBS News producer Mary Mapes and freelance journalist Michael Smith, from Lt. Bill Burkett, a former US Army National Guard officer.Mapes and Smith made contact with Burkett in late August, and on August 24 Burkett offered to meet with them to share the documents he possessed, and later told reporters from USA Today "that he had agreed to turn over the documents to CBS if the network would arrange a conversation with the Kerry campaign," During the last week of August, Mapes asked Josh Howard, her immediate superior at CBS, for permission to facilitate contact between Burkett and the Kerry campaign, and Howard and Mapes subsequently disputed whether such permission had been given.Two documents were provided by Burkett to Mapes on September 2 and four others on September 5, 2004.At that time, Burkett told Mapes that they were copies of originals that had been obtained from Killian's personal files via Chief Warrant Officer George Conn, another former member of the Tex ANG.
Mapes informed Rather of the progress of the story, which was being targeted to air on September 8 along with footage of an interview with former Lieutenant Governor of Texas Ben Barnes, who would publicly state for the first time his opinion that Bush had received preferential treatment to get into the National Guard.
Mapes had also been in contact with the Kerry campaign several times between late August and September 6, when she spoke with senior Kerry advisor Joe Lockhart regarding the progressing story.
In the 60 Minutes segment, anchor Dan Rather stated: "We are told [the documents] were taken from Lieutenant Colonel Killian’s personal files" The authenticity of the documents was challenged within hours on Internet forums and blogs, with questions initially focused on alleged anachronisms in the documents' typography. Although CBS and Rather defended the authenticity and usage of the documents for a two-week period, continued scrutiny from other news organizations and independent analysis of the documents obtained by USA Today and CBS raised questions about their validity and led to a public repudiation on September 20, 2004.
Rather stated, "if I knew then what I know now – I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question," and CBS News President Andrew Heyward said, "Based on what we now know, CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report. That was a mistake, which we deeply regret." CBS fired producer Mary Mapes, several senior news executives were asked to resign, and CBS apologized to viewers.
The panel did not specifically consider whether the documents were forgeries but concluded that the producers had failed to authenticate them and cited "substantial questions regarding the authenticity of the Killian documents." The story of the controversy was dramatized in the 2015 film Truth, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes and directed by James Vanderbilt.
It is based on Mapes' memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.