Fat Steve's Blatherings

Monday, September 13, 2004

Missing the Point, Perhaps Deliberately

    Are the defenders of the CBS memos really stupid, or do just think everyone else is?

    The big question about the memos has been whether they could have been produced on by any machine available in '72.  The IBM "Selectric" Composer has been cited as being able to do the job.

    OK, someone roll out a "Selectric" Composer and produce copies of the memos.

    OOPS!  There's been only one known attempt so far.  The result was a failure.  The spacing is close, but not nearly close enough.

    So instead, we get arguments about other things.  USA Today has an article saying the Composer could produce "elements" found in the memos, and the Boston Globe uses the same "elements" wording.  (Gee, you think these people copy each other's ideas?)  PC Magazine has images produced with a Composer and with Microsoft Word.  It shows that with Word, you can produce something that is sorta close to the Composer document.  With more care, you might be able to absolutely duplicate the Composer document.

    So what?  You can fly at maybe 470 mph in a P51D Mustang, according to some references.  You can fly at that speed in a Me 262 Swallow jet.  Does that mean the Mustang was as fast as the Swallow?  No.  The Mustang and the Swallow both had "elements" in common, such as copper wiring and rubber tires.  Does this mean they performed identically?  No.

    So c'mon, MSM reporters pretending to be objective while pushing for Kerry, show us the real goods.  Get a vintage '72 machine and and use it to produce memos that duplicate the ones CBS has.


    One of the really transparent signs of bias is the way the MSM keeps lamenting the fact that the discussion of whether the memos are forged is keeping people from discussing their "content." (See this Boston Globe story, or the USA Today story mentioned above.)

    Suppose someone gave the MSM a document purportedly created written by Saddam Hussein, ordering his intelligence services to aid the attack on the Towers. Do you think they'd immediately push it into circulation the way they did the alleged Killian memos?  If they did, and someone raised strong doubts it was genuine, do you think they'd lament the concentration on genuineness instead of content?

    Again I ask: are they really this stupid, or do they just think we are?  YOU MAKE THE CALL!



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