COMMENTARY by Norman Simple McFursen, CPW News Service
The Huff Post's Steve Schlesinger spoke with Robert Redford in New York about the role of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes in the 2004 CBS News' 60-Minute report that became known as "Memo-gate" and about the October 16 release of the film TRUTH. Redford explained that the story of George W. Bush's work history at the Texas Air National Guard was true even if the Rather/Mapes memos were falsely manufactured copies of the originals. What Redford doesn't say is that the whole CBS debacle gave a new focus to a potentially fatal personal political history, but with the new twist, became a manageable blunder for the young Bush in the hands of the media-maestros.
We see something of this overhaul of the media in the 1992 handling of Peter Brewton's book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush by Simon & Schuster that had promised Brewton that his contracted book, a tightly documented account of the S&L scandal players that showed that most were the Iran-Contra players. Simon & Schuster had promised Brewton that Woodward & Bernstein's editor , Alice Mayhew, on All The President's Men by the Washington Post's, the two reporters that went after Watergate and Nixon with a vengeance, but not after the U.S. business partners of Anastosio Samosa after the killing of CBS reporter Bill Stewart in 1980. They were Neal and Linden Blue, the producers of the Israeli/American-made Predator and Reaper drones. Brewton's book was shelved by Simon & Schuster and Mayhew's editorship never materialized though the book was published in 1992 by Shapolsky Press with much less fanfare.