DATE: 9/10/2004 08:02:00 PM
That Was Just Bad - Held my nose and watched Dan Rather this evening. The report was terrible. No mention of the son or widow, no mention of kerning, proportional font or the fact that the guy who was supposedly putting the pressure on Killian had retired the year before the memo was written.
Rather lives in a media bubble - why else would he put an anti-Bush author on air to try and prove the authenticity of the memos? Wizbang says the guy they used to authenticate the papers is a handwriting guy who is unqualified to make judgments on the fonts or what typewriters of that era were able to do. Why did Rather even bother trying if this was the best he could do? He obviously still believes only "professional" journalists can do research or dig for facts. Instapundit has a useful roundup of blog reaction.
Gunga Dan didn't help himself any with his comment about "partisan political operatives" questioning the authenticity of the memos. Didn't look professional or convincing. The questions are not answered to any extent. Look for the story to get bigger.