Sunday, September 12, 2004

The biggest story in the blogosphere

CBS programme 60 minutes ran a story last week about Bush's National Guard service in the 1970's. Four new typewritten documents have been uncovered which indicate what may have happened for several months in 1972.They show President Bush's National Guard commander believed Mr. Bush at times shirked his duties and used his political influence. Their author, supposedly, was Bush's squadron commander, Jerry Killian, who died 20 years ago. His widow says he couldn’t type. But look at the signatures of Killian - not all signatures are the same. Rather suspicious indeed.

Hmmmmm. Here's another comparison - from here

Now, go here to see the CBS typewritten 1973 document compared to the same document typed on microsoft word this year.

I have never seen the blogosphere so active over one story. I'm not going to write about it too much :-), as others have done it much better than I ever could. If these documents are proved to be fake it is a victory for the blogosphere.

But if you`re interested in the story you really do have to see this 60 MINUTES BUSTED!! Turn up the speakers as well. This is well done.

P.S. Philip D. Bouffard, a forensic document examiner in Ohio who has analyzed typewritten samples for 30 years, had expressed suspicions about the documents in an interview with the New York Times. Instapundit wonders what CBS is doing when it comments on this and not only gets Bouffard's name wrong but also his first name - naming him Phillip Broussard - and it's still on the CBS website!

Lets see if CBS can back up it's story against the bloggers.

Update USA Today has 6 documents. What's going on here?

Update squared Powerline reports that Dan Rather said that he knows the Jerry Killian documents to be authentic, and knows that they are not forgeries. Therefore, he said, there will be no retraction, no correction, and -- apparently -- no investigation.

Will Rather be resigning or retiring..

1 comment:

tim said...

Nice summary. Here are a few more links to consider.