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Thornburgh, Boccardi Join CBS Review Panel

Sep 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Dick Thornburgh, former governor of Pennsylvania and U.S. attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and retired Associated Press President and CEO Louis D. Boccardi will make up the independent review panel promised by CBS News to examine a Sept. 8 “60 Minutes” story that included apparently forged documents.

The memos appeared to support the contention that President George W. Bush got special treatment while in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam era. Despite immediate and persistent attacks on the authenticity of the memos, CBS News did not concede publicly until this week that it could not prove they were real. At the same time, CBS News and the network promised to commission an independent review of any flaws in the preparation of the story and any remedial actions that need to be taken.

Mr. Thornburgh and Mr. Boccardi will begin their review this week with full access and complete cooperation from CBS News and CBS, the network said, as well as all of the resources necessary to complete the task. The panel will report its findings to CBS News and CBS. The findings also will be made public.

It is not known what lag time, if any, there might be between the presentation of the report to the news division and network and to the public.