September 10, 2004

HUGH HEWITT has further thoughts on open-source journalism, and why we love the Internet.

As further evidence, the CBS forgery story has reached Norway. The Aftenposten story even links Little Green Footballs. (Thanks to reader Kjell Hagen for the tip.)

Meanwhile, The Belmont Club analyzes Rather's defense. And -- continuing a metaphor? -- Powerline wonders if Rather is waiting for the cavalry.

UPDATE: Now here's a real reason to love the Internet. So much for the theory that it could have been done on an IBM Selectric Composer, even had such a machine been available on an Air National Guard base, and used by someone who couldn't type.

ANOTHER UPDATE: On the Selectric Composer, reader Sean Fitzpatrick points out:

Re: the IBM Composer

A $4,000 typewriter bought in 1972 would be the equivalent of a $17,900 dollar piece of equipment [today]. . . Air National Guard? I doubt it.

And not likely to be used for memos to the file, even if present. Fitzpatrick also observes:

Why is CBS working from "copies"?

Isn't the very definition of a CYA memo a memorandum that you yourself privately place in a folder so that if others ever do investigate the folder, your personal objection is noted? I have NEVER heard of a individual writing a CYA memo, then making many copies and then "copie of copies". This is why it is so important for the blogosphere to demand CBS tell where the memos are from. The only reason I know to make many copes of copies of a CYA memo is to "make it look old"....hmmm.

Also, I have never heard of anyone using the term "CYA" in the subject heading of a memo. One might write "SUBJECT: Bush Issue", but you'd never write CYA, especially in the military! Besides the typography the whole thing doesn't pass the smell test. I'm still open minded on it, but CBS needs to answer these questions.

As I've said before, in light of all of these questions, it was grossly irresponsible of CBS to put this stuff in public without acknowledging them, much less answering them.

More on kerning here.

MORE: Still more on kerning and the lack thereof here from Jon Henke. He's updating this post, so keep checking back.

And read these observations from Thomas Lifson, too.