NY Times on the Case

Now the NY Times moves it:

An Ex-Officer Now Believes Guard Memo Isn’t Genuine

HOUSTON, Sept. 11 – A former National Guard commander who CBS News said had helped convince it of the authenticity of documents raising new questions about President Bush’s military service said on Saturday that he did not believe they were genuine.

The commander, Bobby Hodges, said in a telephone interview that network producers had never showed him the documents but had only read them to him over the phone days before they were featured Wednesday in a “60 Minutes” broadcast. After seeing the documents on Friday, Mr. Hodges said, he concluded that they were falsified.

Mr. Hodges, a former general who spoke to several news organizations this weekend, was just the latest person to challenge the authenticity of the documents, which CBS reported came from the personal files of Mr. Bush’s former squadron commander at the Texas Air National Guard, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, who died 20 years ago.

I’m not sure which is the news story here…

That the NY Times is running a story that might help Bush, that CBS authenticates pieces of paper over the phone or that yet another person with far more information than CBS about the topic comes out against them? All of them are pretty impressive in their own right.

I thought it rather odd (ok pun intended) when I saw the 60 Minutes II piece that much of the authentication of the documents was based on the fact that people vouched for the fact that the contents were true. Being a fan of logic that seemed like a very poor argument. Apparently after watching CBS defend this story for a few days that is increasingly their only line of defense.

As I put before… “The documents are authentic because George Bush sucks.”

Such an odd argument. I also noted that in their first broadcast CBS said they had people who had seen the documents back in the 1970’s. As ABC news reported, they have never repeated that claim.

Kerry Unplugged
Truly questionable timing


  1. Branna September 14, 2004