Something to give you nightmares
The fake memo story has erupted into an orgy of blame! Everyone wants to stick this on everyone else, from Rather to Mapes to Burkett to Lockhart.
I think the REALLY REALLY SCARY thing here is this: What if Bill Burkett had had the minimal competence to order a 1972 typewriter off of eBay and proofread his forged documents? THIS STORY WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AS FACT. There would have been no CBS investigation, no demands for retraction, the story just would have run and that would have been that. How many other stories like this have gone down that we DON'T know about?