Friday, September 10, 2004
I don't have a lot of time to comment much on the whole Killian document "scandal." (Maybe later. I'd like to talk about how responsible CBS News has been in giving plenty of coverage to the skeptics, in contrast to the shameful irresponsibility and transparent partisanship of Fox News during the time it was the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Channel.) Like most people, I'm a working guy who is just trying to make a difference. (Just like Rupert Murdoch, only without billions of dollars and all the lying. So I guess, not at all like Rupert Murdoch.)
But just as the Kerry-haters are celebrating the triumph of the conservative (why is this word becoming synonymous with liar?) bloggers for exposing the forgery, it turns out to be a "forgery."
Daily Kos has offered a very inspiring example of what an individual can do with a little honesty, a little common sense, a little research, and a whole lot of suspicion about anything these liars say. He spent the day researching typewriters and fonts, and goes a long way toward debunking the myth of the Stone Age typewriters of 1976. In the Fox News Fantasy World, 1976 typewriter technology was kind of like the Flintstones.
It may yet turn out that the memos are forgeries, but the claims put forward so far are highly suspect. However, these memos are not really very important anyway. The people who are still desperately clinging to the idea that George W. Bush didn't use family influence to get special treatment in the National Guard, they will not be convinced by anything. It's way past time to drop this matter and focus on more important matters, such as how many more Americans do we want to see dead in foreign wars, and on how appropriate it is for our leaders to profit from wars they started.