CBS considered Drudge, Coulter, Limbaugh as part of ‘independent’ panel to review Rather in 2004.

Four years ago Dan Rather notoriously reported false information on President Bush’s military service. On Sept. 22, 2004, CBS announced that it was forming an “independent review panel” to investigate the controversy, composed of former U.S. attorney general Dick Thornburgh and former AP head Louis Boccardi. Newly public documents show that prior to choosing the two men, CBS had tossed around other possible panel candidates such as right-wing pundits such as Matt Drudge, Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Bill Kristol. Below is CBS’s full list of these “others”:

* William Buckley
* Robert Novak
* Kate O’Beirne
* Nicholas Von Hoffman
* Tucker Carlson
* Pat Buchanan
* George Will
* Lou Dobbs
* Matt Drudge
* Robert Barkley
* Robert Kagan
* Fred Barnes
* William Kristol
* John Podhoretz
* David Brooks
* William Safire
* Bernard Goldberg
* Ann Coulter
* Andrew Sullivan
* Christopher Hitchens
* PJ O’Rourke
* Christopher Caldwell
* Elliot Abrams
* Charles Krauthammer
* William Bennett
* Rush Limbaugh

At the very bottom of the list, someone wrote in one more name. “Roger Ailes.”