They were not true.
Dan Rather published a memo which he claimed was written by George W. Bush's commanding officer.
That memo was stripped apart and the information Dan Rather had so easily discredited that Mr. Rather had to fall back on to a comment by the former commanding officer's secretary, a registered Democrat, who claimed that even though the memo was not written by the commanding officer she believed it represented his beliefs.
Unfortunately for both her and Dan Rather the commanding officer represented exactly to opposite in GWB's Evaluation Report. While not exactly stunning the evaluation report contradicted both the memo and the comments by the secretary.
"But as the first document suggests, months before, Killian — and Harris — had quite decisively declined to rate Bush's performance. If Killian was under pressure to "sugar coat" Bush's performance, he had certainly not yielded to it. Nor had anyone else "sugar coated" the Bush evaluation."
Not a stellar source, but, reasonably accurate.
PDF copies of the evaluations are on line and I am already bored with trying to teach illiterates.
Okay, so here is the link for literates:
· 1 decade ago