Good question! The blogosphere has been hung up on the technical aspects of these documents, but there are lots of factual aspects which can be checked by real reporters. Like this story, which claims
An order obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows that Col. Walter "Buck" Staudt was honorably discharged March 1, 1972. CBS News reported this week that a memo in which Staudt was described as interfering with officers' negative evaluations of the future president's service was dated Aug. 18, 1973.
Here's a chance for the old media to redeem itself.
UPDATE 11:48 a.m.: Another alert reader notes, "I was an admin troop in 1974-1978, guess what--we in the military date letters and memos with '1 Aug 73' not '01 August 1973'. I have been in the Air Force for 27 years and we don't date single digits with zero's or spell out the month. Look a little closer at military writing instructions from that period." More grist for the blogosphere.