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Interview clips with Ben Barnes, former Speaker of the Texas House, created the impression "that there was no question but that President Bush had received Barnes' help to get into the Tex ANG," because Barnes had made a telephone call on Bush's behalf, when Barnes himself had acknowledged that there was no proof his call was the reason, and that "sometimes a call to General Rose did not work." Barnes' disclaimer was not included in the segment.The initial analysis appeared in posts by "Buckhead," a username of Harry W.and following the September 8 broadcast, when Hodges had seen the documents and heard of claims of forgery by Killian's wife and son, he was "convinced they were not authentic" and told Rather and Mapes on September 10.The segment introduced Lieutenant Robert Strong's interview, describing him as a "friend of Killian" (without noting he had not worked in the same location and without mentioning he had left the Tex ANG prior to the dates on the memos).However, the authenticity of the memos was not part of the story carried by major news outlets on that day.Also on that day, CBS published the reaction of Killian's son, Gary, to the documents, reporting that Gary Killian questioned one of the memos but stated that others "appeared legitimate" and characterized the collection as "a mixture of truth and fiction".
Bush's service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73."The panel has not been able to conclude with absolute certainly whether the Killian documents are authentic." But, concluded that the producers had failed to authenticate them and cited "substantial questions regarding the authenticity of the Killian documents." The story of the controversy was dramatized in the 2015 film Truth, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes and directed by James Vanderbilt.It is based on Mapes' memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.In an interview with World Net Daily, CBS News spokesperson Kelli Edwards said, "CBS verified the authenticity of the documents by talking to individuals who had seen the documents at the time they were written." The Associated Press reported, "Document examiner Sandra Ramsey Lines..she was 'virtually certain' [the documents] were generated by computer.
Lines said that meant she could testify in court that, beyond a reasonable doubt, her opinion was that the memos were written on a computer." Also on September 10, The Dallas Morning News reported that "the officer named in one memo as exerting pressure to 'sugarcoat' Bush's military record was discharged a year and a half before the memo was written.
Among other issues covered in his interview with Rather and Mapes, Strong was asked if he thought the documents were genuine.