Monday, September 13, 2004

Media Bias - 4th Update on the CBS Hoax

A round-up of the latest material from the blogosphere:

Jim Geraghty brilliantly fisks Dan Rather's Friday night defense in The Kerry Spot on National Review Online. Of particular note, his dissection of the conversation between Rather and CBS' handwriting expert Marcel Matley:
Poor Matley. Oddly, instead of asking Matley to explain in greater detail why he thinks the documents are genuine - to address the criticism head-on - Rather asks him whether he is surprised that some people question the validity of the documents. And Matley is lamenting that his work for CBS in this could do potential damage to him professionally. This exchange is almost a non sequitur.
Best of the Web also has an analysis of Mr. Rather's assertion that analysis by anyone outside of CBS is fruitless "Because deterioration occurs each time a document is reproduced and the documents being analyzed outside of CBS have been photocopied, faxed, scanned, and downloaded, and are far removed from the documents CBS started with, which were also photocopies.":

But a document produced on a typewriter in 1973 and degraded for 30 years does not end up looking exactly like a Microsoft Word document created in 2004.

From Wizbang:

Then Dan Rather said that we know the documents are real because well-- Bush sucked. has tons of good stuff:

A rebuttal of this PC Magazine article on the possibility of the Killian memos being typed on an IBM Selectric.

More than you could possibly want to know about kerning, and while we're at it superscripts.

These guys are offering a reward, currently at $37,900 to anyone who can recreate the CBS Killian memos on 1970's era equipment.

Powerline, which widely broke the forgery story, chimes in with a comparison of the treatments of the Bush ANG and Swiftvets stories. No bias here. They also post links here to two devastating animations (one from Little Green Footballs, one from Trevor Dewey at Image Shack ) demonstrating how two of the CBS documents appear to have been created with Microsoft Word.

Much more out there.