From CBS News:
“We continue to believe in this story,” said CBS News senior vice president Betsy West.
Another quote from the story:
Republican Congressman Chris Cox of California called for a congressional probe of the network’s use of the documents, saying there’s a “growing abundance of evidence that CBS News has aided and abetted fraud.”
Emily Will, a documents examiner from North Carolina hired by CBS, said she told the network before the report aired that she questioned handwriting in the documents she was shown and whether it could have been produced by a typewriter.
Her main concern was that she was not provided a known sample of the signature to use for comparison.
“I did not feel that they wanted to investigate it very deeply,” Will told ABC News.
Another expert hired by CBS, Linda James of Plano, Texas, told ABC that “I did not authenticate anything and I don’t want it understood that I did.”
“I really pressed that because I knew that other document examiners looking at the same documents would have a real problem authenticating these,” she said.
James told CBS News that she needed to know more about the documents before rendering any judgments, West said. CBS contacted five document experts before the report aired and two since, and continues to report the story, the network said.
However, Matley has told CNN, The Washington Post and other media organizations that his work was limited to verifying that the signatures on the memos came from the same source. He did not, he says, claim that the documents themselves were authentic.
“These are not real,” Knox said in a story posted Tuesday on the newspaper’s Web site. “They’re not what I typed, and I would have typed them for him.”
Yet CBS News continues to “believe in this story.”