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For many reason, I decided that I would not actively work for the Bush campaign this year as I did in 2000. Those reasons are personal, so I won’t expand here.
However, after CBS collaborated with the Democrats to cheat by creating and airing fraudulant documents, I have no choice but to join the fight. I will be spending a lot of my spare time working for the campaign here on out, so my blog might go empty for a day here and there. Forgive me. I’ll be working for a higher cause.
I will also urge everyone who reads this blog to call your local Bush headquarters and volunteer.
I’ve been busy cleaning the house (Saturday is Field Day around the Hennessy house), but I have had time to look around and find:
A retired Major General whom CBS News claimed corroborated the Killian memos says that CBS lied to him. According to ABC News, Maj. Gen Hodges, Killian’s supervisor at the time the memos were supposedly written, says that CBS told him that all of the memos were “hand written,“ not typed. The General says after seeing the documents, he now believes they are frauds. More . . .
The person whom the 1973 Killian memo claims was pressuring him to “sugarcoat“ Bush’s Fitness Report had been discharged a year before that memo was written. Obviously, that memo was a fraud. More . . .
A CBS producer is rumored to have told friends that the memos “were too hot not to air,“ admitting that any questions of authenticity were intentionally ignored. Dan Rather, apparently, was hellbent on airing these memos and didn’t care if they were DNC plants.
CBS admits that it does not now and never did have the original memos–only copies.
“In fact, modern copiers and computer printers are so good that they permit easy fabrication of quality forgeries. From a copy, the document examiner cannot authenticate the unseen original but may well be able to determine that the unseen original is false. Further, a definite finding of authenticity for a signature is not possible from a photocopy, while a definite finding of falsity is possible.“
Dan Rather has gone on a book-tour style marketing campaign, attempting to deflect attention from the legitimacy of the documents.
Dan Rather has used the term “preponderance of evidence” nine times in the past two days. By that standard, he and his handlers in the Kerry Campaign or DNC are guilty.
Yesterday, I conjectured that Dan Rather fabricated the Bush ANG documents as a vendetta against the Bushes for 41′s undressing of Rather on the CBS Evening News in 1988–the interview that turned the election in Bush’s favor. Apparently, I’m not alone. Here’s an interesting quote from Powerline:
Last night, it was reported that senior executives at CBS News were promising an investigation. Today, Dan Rather is personally vouching for the documents’ authenticity. This can only mean that Rather himself is the source of the documents. This makes sense; if a staffer on the 60 Minutes payroll had come up with the purported records, the story never would have run without the documents being authenticated. Who has the power to drive this story on to the air without an investigation that would include, for example, contacting Killian’s widow, or his son? Dan Rather does.
I watched the CBS Evening News tonight, so I couldn’t see the competition. NBC and ABC were unable to find a single forensic document specialist who believe the documents on CBS News were legitimate. These included former FBI document experts now teaching forensics at universities.
Apparently, the only expert who thinks Jerry Killian typed and signed the CBS papers is the CBS employee featured on their broadcast tonight.
Funny–the liberal press isn’t rallying to CBS’s side. MSNBC in particular seems to be leaning toward pronouncing the documents frauds.
One of the 4 CBS memos about George W. Bush’s National Guard service contains the following memo supposedly authored by his commanding officer:
“Bush wasn’t here during rating period and [sic] I don’t have any feedback from 187th in Alabama. I will not rate.“
Having spent 9 years as a Personnel Officer in the Navy, the marks on Bush’s fitness report for the period he was in Alabama are the only ones that could be entered. When an officer is away from his permanent duty station for a significant portion of the reporting period , the reporting senior must submitted a “not observed” report. Anything else would be conjecture. Not Observed reports cannot be rated. Lt. Col. Killian would certainly have known this, as any 2nd Lt. would.
Additionally, reporting seniors may not use information from another reporting senior. Killian would have known this, so he would not have written “I don’t have any feedback.” It wouldn’t have mattered if Killian had gotten feedback from Alabama–he couldn’t have used it in Lieutenant Bush’s fitness report for a period that Killian did not observe.
In this case, the Alabama unit would have submitted a “concurrent” report, meaning it covers a period also covered by a “regular” report. The Texas squadron would submit the “regular” report, marked “Not Observed” and directing interested parties to the Alabama unit’s concurrent report.
Dull, yes. But I supervised the FitRep process for many years, and it’s pretty much the same across the services.
I will provide this caveat: I served in the active Navy from 1984 until 1994 and an active Navy Reserve unit until 1997. There are some differences between the Navy and the Air Force, and some rules may have changed between 1973 and 1984. I doubt that these did, though, because the FITREP Manual I used was release in about 1973 and contained only minor modifications during my 10 years in service.
On the CBS Evening News tonight, Dan Rather lied about the reasons for questioning the authenticity of the National Guard documents he likely typed at home before cutting pasting a dead man’s signature.
He claimed that doubters asserted that the CGTimes font “was not available” in the 1970s. No, Dan, no one’s claiming that. Typography experts are claiming, though, that the proportional font was not available on common typewriters in 1972. Yes, the font was invented in 1931. There’s an obvious difference.
He also clamed that doubters said that a typewriter is incapable of doing this. No one claimed that. People do claim, though, that the IBM Selectric II, which was the most advanced typewriter in use at the DoD at the time, did not have a font ball that did this.
Finally, CBS did not present a single contrary opinion to their own, fabricated party line. Pathetic. The AP found 3 experts out of 3 who claimed that two of the documents were likely forgeries, but CBS rehashes the same Kerry hack who originally “certified” these forgeries. What a joke.
It’s pretty clear that two of the document CBS aired were fraudulent. Assuming that CBS News retracts them on tonight’s Evening News (and there are indications that Dan Rather will make and on-air apology), George Bush will win the election in November with an 8% to 12% popular vote margin and at least 100 vote margin in the Electoral College.
Why? The law of increasing returns, also known a piling on.
Momentum was already on Bush’s side. That moment had been slowed only by the big media reopening his Air National Guard service with express intent of evening the score over the SwiftVets ads against Kerry. But the media went too far by creating fraudulent memos.
Some people will side with Bush out of sympathy for the foul play against him. Some will run away from Kerry assuming that the Kerry campaign must have had some hand in the felony. Many, many others will walk away in disgust, voting either for Nader or for no one.
Assuming Bush is now up 7 in popular vote and tied in the Electoral College, Kerry will likely drop 2% (Bush up 9) and Bush will gain 2% (Bush up 11%). This will come from those leaning toward Kerry and leaning toward Bush finally choosing hard. Those still truly undecided will decide not to decide. Polls after next week will change very little.
UPDATE: ArguingWithSignposts has some quotes from Democrat and CBS insiders indicating that both the Kerry campaign, which gave the memos to 60 Minutes, and CBS had doubts about their validity. Good analysis . . . take a read.
CBS News has launched an internal investigation into the validity of documents related to George W. Bush’s National Guard service that it aired on 60 Minutes, according to Drudge. Other developments overnight seem to make it more likely than not that at least two of the documents were forgeries–with Killian’s signature electronically placed on a memo fabricated by Democrat operatives, then fed to CBS News.
There’s no use in dragging this out. What did Senator Kerry know about this crime and when did he know it? Who else in his campaign knew about this? How many other documents have the Democrats invented to be released the last week of the campaign?
John Kerry’s website contains photos of him wearing military honors improperly or without proper authority (the combat V). Now, someone supporting Kerry seems to be forging documents in an effort to discredit the President’s military service. If the documents are, in fact, forgeries. Kerry should immediately withdraw from the race.
CNSNew.com is reporting that typography experts are fairly confident that documents exposed on CBS’s 60 Minutes II were fake. The documents, allegedly authored in 1972, used proportional fonts and superscript lettering, not widely available in 1972.
I am very familiar with the typewriter the Navy used in the 1980s: IBM Selectric III. It had changable font golfballs, one of which was proportional (CGTimes). But it looked awful. The proportional spacing was in consistent. Most people stuck with the Courier font. I believe that one of the fonts we had on the USS Woodrow Wilson had some special superscript characters. I don’t remember if th was one of them
The IBM Selectric III was not available in 1972. And a National Guard unit wouldn’t have had them until the active duty military was ready to disgard them. (Reserves and Guards tend to live with hand-me-downs from the actives.) The Selectric II was released in 1971, but I don’t know when the DoD began purchasing them. (Here’s some history on the Selectric.)
I would not be surprised at all if Dan Rather personally forged the documents. Ever since George 41 humiliated him on the evening news in 1988 he’s been out to get the Bushes.
250 private citizens — Vietnam veterans all — attacked John Kerry’s previously unscrutinized service record. It made news because Kerry is running for president.
CBS News and the Democrat National Party, now, are re-examining Bush’s National Guard service and spewing lies that were already answered and resolved in 2000.
I honestly do not remember a presidential campaign in which the media so forcefully and openly worked to elect one candidate over another. I think it’s time to break up journalism in America. It no longer serves the purpose intended by the Founders.