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The Troubling 60 Minutes Episode That Got Four Top Staffers Fired

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As reported by PBS News, an episode of “60 Minutes,” which aired on September 8, 2005, contained inaccuracies and outright forgeries that were so glaring that CBS was investigated by an independent panel which included a former US attorney. The story from the episode in question focused on a set of documents that alleged that then-President George W. Bush had failed to meet the requirements of his military service.

Bush served in the Texas Air National Guard prior to becoming a politician, and though his spotty service remained an issue of contention in both of his presidential campaigns, he succeed in winning the presidency in the 2000 and 2004 elections (via Britannica).

When “60 Minutes” received documents that alleged Col. Jerry Killian, who was Bush’s commander at the time, was worried that Bush was going over his head so that he wouldn’t have to meet training requirements, they ran with the story even though they had failed to properly vet it.

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