60 Minutes Wednesday airs a report citing memos from President Bush's Texas Air National Guard stint that suggest Bush received preferential treatment. Scholars of the vicissitudes of IBM Selectric typewriters take note of their ship coming in.
"CBS News stands by, and I stand by, the thoroughness and accuracy of this report, period. Our story is true."
--CBS News anchor Dan Rather
"We believe the documents to be genuine, we stand by our story, and we will continue to report on it."
--Posting on a CBS News Web site
"We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate, or we would not have put them on television."
--CBS News president Andrew Heyward
"The failure of CBS News to ... properly, fully scrutinize the documents and their source led us to airing the documents when we should not have done so. It was a mistake. CBS News deeply regrets it. Also, I want to say, personally and directly, I'm sorry."
Rather announces he'll retire from CBS News in March.