Poor Col. Killian died
in 1984 but I believe he would be surprised at the stir he created some twenty years after his death. On the evening of Sept.
8th CBS’s 60 Minutes II dropped what they considered to be a (rather convenient) “bombshell”
regarding President Bush’s service in the National Guard. Directly contradicting Defense
Department records showing that in 1973 Col. Killian praised Mr. Bush's performance and approved his honorable discharge,
four memos from Col. Killian impugning the service of Bush during those years were produced with
much fanfare. According to CBS, they consulted a handwriting analyst and document expert who believed the material to be authentic.
Few have published the origination of the chain of events that led
up to the implosion at CBS and the stripping of all credibility from Dan Rather. The now famous Freeper Post #47 appeared
just hours after the CBS expose on the online community www.FreeRepublic.com.
Post # 47 To: Howlin
Howlin, every single one of these memos to file is in a proportionally spaced font, probably
Palatino or Times New Roman.
In 1972 people used typewriters for this sort of thing, and typewriters used monospaced
The use of proportionally spaced fonts did not come into common use for office memos
until the introduction of laser printers, word processing software, and personal computers. They were not widespread until
the mid to late 90's. Before then, you needed typesetting equipment, and that wasn't used for personal memos to file. Even
the Wang systems that were dominant in the mid 80's used monospaced fonts.
I am saying these documents are forgeries, run through a copier for 15 generations to
make them look old.
This should be pursued aggressively.
47 posted on 09/08/2004 8:59:43 PM PDT by Buckhead
A few hours earlier another alert Freeper had posted this just minutes after the CBS story
aired. Already, the now obvious doubts about the Killian memos were raising a few eyebrows in the blogger community:
WE NEED TO SEE THOSE MEMOS AGAIN!
They are not in the style that we used when I came in
to the USAF. They looked like the style and format we started using about 12 years ago (1992). Our signature blocks were left
justified, now they are right of center...like the ones they just showed.
Can we get
a copy of those memos?
107 posted on 09/08/2004 5:19:00 PM PDT
The Minneapolis lawyers who run Powerlineblog.com
were quickly notified. Two of the blog's readers directed their attention to post #47 on a FreeRepublic.com thread. That days
post on powerlineblog can be viewed at http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/007760.php.
After that, the rolling snowball quickly
became an avalanche. Several other major blogs including www.Instapundit.com quickly seized on this historic breaking story. Less than twenty four hours after the initial Freeper
posts, Drudge did what Drudge does best with the headline Bloggers drive hoax probe into Bush memos http://news.zdnet.com/2102-3513_22-5362393.html?tag=printthis. Details appeared on The Corner at National Review.com followed quickly with The Weekly Standard
running a story that revealed that CBS was already deluged with phone calls and that experts were quickly demolishing the
“carefully screened” documents so proudly paraded before the public by CBS the night before. The entire article can be found at
The libertarians at Samizdata http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/006647.html were also quick to pick up on the rapid mobilization of the blogosphere
in unraveling the CBS story.
It is amazing that CBS in its zeal to
find the smoking gun and swing the presidential race back in favor of John Kerry was either fooled by such forgeries at best,
or conspired with the DNC at worst, in an attempt to affect the election and deflate the rising balloon of Bush. The
fact that the document analysis at http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/000838.php can be trusted over one of the major networks is surprising to some, laughed at by others, and reinforces
the suspicions of millions who are tired and wary of the yellow journalism passed off as objective media coverage
The power of the “pajama people” has rocked the media establishment
yet again and has become the focus of stories in the Washington Times, New York Post, on ABC News and by Sean Hannity, etc.
FReeRepublic and many of the online communities, commentary and blogger sites are often several days ahead of the ‘news
curve’. Within just hours the “citizen soldiers” of the internet engaged in the wholesale exposure
of a devious dirty trick against President Bush. The ever vigilant online communities quickly destroyed CBS News much-heralded
investigative report about the president's National Guard service in the early 1970s. Increasingly, the maligned “amateurs”
on the net are the ones creating, driving and exposing the news with the rest of the more traditional press outlets following
in their stead. We saw this many times during the Clinton era scandals and most recently with the vast inconsistencies in
the many versions and citations regarding paper cut Kerry’s medals and his mysterious (non) Christmas in Cambodia fighting
the Khmer Rouge.
The story continues to
grow by the hour. The documents in question have been traced back to a Kinko’s in Texas from which they were originally
faxed and the manager of the store has “secured” the security tapes that would have revealed the identity of the
forger or perhaps of one of his accomplices. According to The American Spectator, the documents surfaced within the Kerry
campaign 6 weeks ago, delivered by "a retired military officer”. The details can be explored at http://www.spectator.org/dsparticle.asp?art_id=7096. Members of Congress are now starting to weigh in many are demanding that CBS reveal the
source of the documents in question.
This statement remains on the CBS website:
In addition, the documents are backed up not only by independent handwriting
and forensic document experts but by sources familiar with their content. Contrary to some rumors, no internal investigation
is underway at CBS News nor is one planned. We have complete confidence in our reporting and will continue to pursue the story.
The amateur sleuths continue their job as the watchdog of the watchers
and the MSM (Mainstream Media) has taken yet another blow to its already suspect reputation. Did I mention that forging military
documents is a felony? It’s only a matter of time before the conspirators at CBS and within the DNC are revealed. By
then few will probably care, but those of us who inhabit cyberspace will smile with satisfaction that it was the vigorous
vigilance of a few of their own, and the web of people on The Web, that foiled the smearing of a presidential candidate and
the hijacking of an election.