Skip to comments.DAN RATHER: MUDDYING THE WATERS
Posted on 09/10/2004 6:40:41 PM PDT by MAKnight
Here's what I think we should do now that Dan Rather has said his piece. Anyone who is good with Flash or PowerPoint animations should make an animated presentation clearing up the waters Dan Rather tried to muddy. There are certain points that Rather tried to ignore or obfuscate and these need to be brought up quickly before the rest of the media decide to close ranks around the CBS and kill the story as settled. Once we have this file, we should all send it all around the blogosphere and to friends in the media, i.e. Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Tony Snow, Joe Scarborough, Bill O'Reilly, etc.
(1) The Stationary (i.e. paper size, letter head) does not conform to military regulations.
(2) The signatures of Jerry Killian in the documents cited are, to the naked eye, radically different.
(3) The style of the memo varies significantly from the prescribed Air Force style.
(4) The Times Roman font may have been around circa 1972 but were there any typewriters using this font?
(5) Marcel Matley is a "handwriting" expert, not a document forensics expert. He does not the qualifications to certify the authenticity of the "memo."
(6) The letters are arguably kerned. No typewriter in 1972 was capable of that. How come letters are kerned in the "memo"?
(7) Where did CBS obtain the personal files from a man dead 20 years, when both his wife and son deny providing them, and question the existence of any such personal file?
(8) Some typewriters in 1972 had superscript. Yes, but how common were they? Would they have one of those typewriters in an Air National Guard office? In fact, was there a typewriter in existence in 1972-1973 that used the Times Roman font, kerned letters, auto-centered, mini-fonted superscripts and curly quotation marks? How come typing the memo in MS Word produces EXACTLY the same output as the typewritten original when the top typography experts in the country say the possibility of that being a coincidence approaches impossible?
Send idea on over to www.moveonforamerica.com they have a couple of nice bits there.
Dan Rather is the muddy water in this particular tributary.
You might add that the Killians widow said her husband didn't type.
So of it's real who did type it? Are they alive? Can they step forward to authenticate?
I was active duty Army in 1971-74. There is no way that an Lt. Col. would ever type his own memos. Someone needs to find the duty rosters for the unit in question, ascertain who the clerk typists were that were assigned to the office in question and ask them what equipment was available and who remembers tyoing these memos.
Wouldn't there be requisitions or some such for the actual equipment? I'm not military, but it seems iffy to rely on people's memories.
Capt. Rather On Bridge!
'Rats Deserting Ship!
Alleged 111th document:
Some from my old files:
I couldn't find a document with a full 'YYYY' until after Y2K:
Another biggie - except for some overseas units with APOs, I've yet to see a military return address that was a Post Office box number.
And they said "hanging chad" was technical
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