Okay, I said I didn’t wanna talk about the Bush/National Guard story, but this is too ludicrous to pass up. The line coming from the conservative blogosphere is that the documents that CBS released to back up their story were forgeries. The details involve a bunch of hooey about fonts that weren’t available in typewriters in the early seventies. About halfway through this thread at Powerline (who’s driving the story), this line is debunked. Not one to let the facts get in the way of a good story, now bloggers are typing up versions of the memos in Microsoft Word a reporting that the documents match perfectly :
However, there is speculation on the internet (I know I know)that these documents were forged…that they look like they came out of a word processor rather than a typewriter from 1972. I scoffed at first, but then thought I would compare one of documents from then with the same document typed up in MS Word, just 5 minutes ago.
They are for all intents and purposes identical.
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Every line break is the same. Every space is the same, and all of the text is printed perfectly on each line. Granted, “the original” looks to have undergone some ‘aging’, but there’s no way that document originated in 1972. It may have been copied into Word, but it didn’t come out of a typewriter.
The only problem here is that the documents don’t match perfectly. In fact, they barely match at all. The site above links to the PDFs of the two documents and provides screenshots. In both cases, simply superimposing the two highlights significant differences between the actual documents and the Microsoft Word versions that are supposedly “identical” :
In both cases, when I lined up the word “SUBJECT” between the real (red) and fake(blue) documents, the rest of the memo doesn’t line up. If this is the definitive proof that CBS was forging documents, it shouldn’t look like something that requires 3D glasses to read. This is all made more amusing by the fact that the White House actually released their own version of the documents yesterday that back up CBS’s account. The fact that the White house released the memos and is arguing about about what they mean, not their authenticity, should put this retarded meme to rest :
The memos from the late Col. Jerry Killian, released Wednesday by the White House and broadcast on CBS’ “60 Minutes II,” suggest the president received favored treatment during a time in the early 1970s when many young men were being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam.
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White House officials said Wednesday the Killian memos and reports on Bush’s Guard service were mostly rehashes of previous reports and support their contention that the president fulfilled his duties.
“If the president had not fulfilled his commitment he would not have been honorably discharged,” press secretary Scott McClellan said.
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White House communications director Dan Bartlett suggested that the Killian memos support Bush’s account of those times, showing that he wanted to clear his reassignment in Alabama.
“So at every step of the way, President Bush was meeting his requirement, granted permission to meet his requirement,” Bartlett said. “And that’s why President Bush was honorably discharged.”
Like I said before, I don’t give a shit about this, for the most part. I think Bush’s National Guard service is a good example of why I don’t like him, but I think there are just as many examples from the last four years that illustrate why he shouldn’t be “re”-elected. Nevertheless, this conspiracy theory about forged documents and old typewriters is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen come of of the conservative blog community since…well…the Insta-DRUDGE nitpicking about assault weapons a couple days ago.