Here’s the definitive take on the CBS report. Pretty good read.
I agree that not much can be made of the absence of an official hoax decree. With the evidence gathered in the report, only pure partisans can hold out hope that the documents are real. The report does include some interesting details. Of the four document experts CBS contacted before airing the story, only one verified the documents — and he only vouched for the signature on one of them. The fact that CBS pledged their authenticity for 12 days boggles the mind.
Powerline and many other bloggers take issue with the fact that the authors didn’t come out with a liberal bias accusation. I never imagined they would have so can’t say I’m disappointed. We should be happy that the report is as thorough and conclusive as it is. Major journalistic infractions occurred as CBS and the guilty parties have paid the price.