In a written statement, CBS said Bill Burkett, a retired National Guard lieutenant colonel, has admitted that he deliberately misled a CBS News producer, "giving her a false account of the documents' origins to protect a promise of confidentiality to the actual source."

In the statement, CBS News President Andrew Heyward said his network believed the documents were real but after further reporting cannot establish that they are.

"CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report. We should not have used them. That was a mistake, which we deeply regret."

CNN.com - CBS says it can't prove Bush documents' authenticity - Sep 20, 2004


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