George H.W. Bush was the youngest Navy fighter pilot of World War II. George W. Bush was a first lieutenant in the Texas Air National Guard. Photo credit:  US Navy, US Air Force / Wikimedia

WhoWhatWhy Editor in Chief Russ Baker chats with Pat Thurston, talk show host on the megastation KGO, about what is — and is not — in the new movie, “Truth.”

The film, which features Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, explores the events in 2004 when CBS News reported on George W. Bush’s failure to complete required military service during Vietnam. Instead of Bush facing the music, it was CBS’s journalists whose heads ended up on the chopping block.

Russ explores indications that CBS and its anchor Dan Rather were deliberately targeted for a fall because they were getting too close to the truth about Bush. Were they fed false documents that closely mirrored reality but contained a ticking bomb? Pat and Russ also take the long view on the Bush clan and its still virtually unknown role as a core element of America’s covert-operations fraternity. The conversation lasts nearly an hour, but never lets up.

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Part I of II

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Part II of II

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Related front page panorama photo credit: Robert Redford (Global Panorama / Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]), Dan Rather (Charlie Llewellin / Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]), George Bush (The White House / Flickr), Truth 2015 poster (Wikimedia)

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Burnis Tuck
Burnis Tuck
5 years ago

Really good interview, Russ. I completely agree with Westcoastliberal’s take on the movie and comments. I’ll be very surprised if the Oscars pay attention, though. Also, my wife who usually can’t be bothered by “conspiracy stuff”, also loved “Truth” and your 2-parter on KGO. She’s even leaning toward reading Family of Secrets, too, I think! Regarding Umbrella Man I’m
wondering if you’ve seen Errol Morris’ short interview with Josiah Thompson on YouTube explaining this “oddity”, pretty convincingly, too. Finally, have you read Greg Palast’s excoriating “review” of “Truth” and how wrong they got much of it, especially how Rather discredited himself with his final settlement with CBS, stifling himself for filthy lucre…? Of course, “Truth” was Mary Mapes’ story primarily and she certainly wanted to put Dan in the best light…

Westcoastdeplorable
Westcoastdeplorable
5 years ago

Great interview with Russ. I and my wife saw the movie “Truth” yesterday and thought Cate Blanchett should be nominated for an Oscar; she was very believable as Mary Mapes. Every American should see this movie because it matters as much today as it did in 2004; Bush went AWOL for sure, but that didn’t stop him from launching at least 3 wars with maybe a million civilians dead along with the death of tens of thousands of our troops.

edwardrynearson
edwardrynearson
5 years ago

Another movie readers might find interesting is “Kill The Messenger” now playing on HBO about Journalist Gary Webb’s discovery of CIA involvement in the introduction of crack cocaine into Los Angeles where proceeds were used to fund rebels in an illegal (one of many) war in Central America.

Gordon Phinn
5 years ago

The two part interview here lasts about 36min and not the hour advertised; something missing?

russbaker
russbaker
5 years ago
Reply to  Gordon Phinn

No, it seems that once we eliminated ads and news breaks, it shrank a lot

Gordon Phinn
5 years ago
Reply to  russbaker

Thanks Russ. Was irked that I might have missed something! Also, agree with “edward” up there, “Kill The Messenger” is a fine addition to the list of brave political movies. Can’t imagine any reader here not enjoying it.

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4 years ago

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