CBS used forged documents?
There's a possibility that the Lt. Col. Killian documents may be forged. Discussion is ongoing, but they are at least highly suspicious.
UPDATE: Confirmation from experts that the Killian documents may be forgeries.
UPDATE II: It's beginning to look like the documents CBS discovered might actually be forged. The acknowledge expert in the field says he's "pretty certain" that they are forgeries. When pressed, he put the his certainty at "90%". Meanwhile over at Powerline the power of the Internet is in full display. (I'm going to have to talk about this in depth in another post.) They have confirmed that the documents are forgeries. How?
UPDATE 12: In the August 18, 1973 memo "discovered" by 60 Minutes, Jerry Killian purportedly writes:
Staudt has obviously pressured Hodges more about Bush. I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job.
But wait! Reader Amar Sarwal, citing Peter Nuss, points out that General Staudt, who thought very highly of Lt. Bush, retired in 1972.
Couple this is the fact that the Boston Globe "expose" was based on the same forged documents and that the Boston Globe couldn't even figure out Bush's records, and you have a complete collapse of what was, just a scant 24 hours ago, a blistering attack on Bush's service in the Guard.
This is stunning news! Either CBS has been taken in, or they were complicit in a conspiracy to defraud the public, and the Boston Globe simply didn't do their homework and tried to smear Bush without the facts. In any case this changes the story about Bush's Guard service overnight. Now, instead of Bush having to once again defend himself against false charges, the big story will be the coordinated false attack on Bush by the old media.
If the old media has any credibility left by the election, I will be amazed.
UPDATE III: Patterico agrees with me - "This had better be front-page news in the major papers tomorrow (as the existence of the documents was today), or there will be hell to pay."
UPDATE IV: Drudge is reporting that CBS has launched an internal investigation. Maybe they should have hired bloggers to do their research for them. ;-)
UPDATE V: Nightline will interview Lt. Col. Killian's widow tonight regarding the forged documents controversy. She states
"NUMBER ONE, HE WOULD NOT HAVE TYPED BECAUSE HE DID NOT TYPE. NUMBER TWO, THE WORDING IN THESE DOCUMENTS IS VERY SUSPECT TO ME. I JUST DON'T BELIEVE THAT, IT LOOKS LIKE SOME THINGS MAY HAVE BEEN PICKED UP OUT OF A DOCUMENT AND THEN OTHER THINGS JUST MADE FICTITIOUSLY TO FILL IN THINGS, TO MAKE THEM FLOW. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS HIS WORDS, MY LATE HUSBAND'S WORDS."
"NOT A TYPIST, DEFINITELY NOT A TYPIST. WE HAD NO COMPUTERS AT HOME BUT HE WASN'T A TYPIST, AND WHAT IS REMARKABLE TO ME IS THAT HE WAS A PERSON WHO DID NOT TAKE OR MAKE COPIOUS NOTES. HE CARRIED EVERYTHING IN HIS MIND AND HE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO MAKE NOTES."