Friday, September 10, 2004

They're caling it font-gate, sigh

Blah3 has the best summary I've seen so far:

We've got (at least) two documents that are not in dispute as forgeries containing the same text effects that the 'experts' are saying were 'nearly impossible' to have been used in 1972, and a typeface that the 'experts' (seem to) say wasn't even available until the Great God Bill Gates invented it - available nearly 20 years before it showed up in the 'forged' documents.

And to further shred the 'experts' case, Atrios has found JFK assassination documents from 1963 that contain the same text effects that the 'experts' are disputing.

What I want to know is, where are the news-organizations finding these 'experts' who claim that a superscript or curly quotes were difficult to do in '72?

The saddest part is the widow and son making their pitiful little claims.

Gary Killian, who served in the Guard with his father and retired as a captain in 1991, said he doubted his father would have written an unsigned memo which said there was pressure to "sugar coat" Bush's performance review.

"It just wouldn't happen," he said. "No officer in his right mind would write a memo like that."

I don't know what the Guard was like when Gary was serving, but you damned-betcha someone commanding the 'Champagne Unit' where influence was currency kept a CYA file; no one in his right mind would not take this simple step to protect himself. The widow's claim that her husband 'wasn't a paper person' is just pathetic.

One thing I don't see CBS claiming is that Killian typed these memos himself; in fact, they quite deliberately don't say where the memos were stored or how they were created. But I can tell you with metaphysical certainty that Killian did not type them himself.

Keep in mind that this is in 1972. The author in question is a Lt. Colonel - an alpha male of his pack. There's simply no way he would sit down at a typewriter - he might catch Girlie Cooties or something. No, he would mumble a few words into a tape-recorder or scrawl a few words on a yellow legal pad and then leave it off for 'the girl' to type up. And she, being efficient, would have typed it up with carbon and dropped the carbon copy in her 'reading file'; the file where you kept things chronologically, to be referred to if necessary as questions arose or if the original went astray.

Which leads me to some idle speculation. What happened to the 'reading file'? Is CBS not showing the original of this document because it is clearly a carbon and they don't want to burn their source? Who was Killian's secretary in '72? And where is she now?


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