Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Thanks, Dick Thornburg

Timothy Noah sums up the CBS 60 Minutes imbroglio:
At issue, you may recall, was whether some "cover your ass" memos purportedly typed for the file by George W. Bush's superior, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian—files expressing dissatisfaction with Dubya's special treatment in the Guard—were genuine. Immediately after the 60 Minutes story aired, multiple bloggers produced evidence "showing" that the documents couldn't have been genuine, for technical reasons. This was accepted as gospel truth by Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post and other mainstream reporters. In the end, however, the evidence was found to be specious. We still don't know whether the documents were genuine.


Anonymous said...

"the evidence was found to be specious"

Does Tim Noah understan the definition of specious?


This puts the "fake, but accurate" claim of the original reporting on its head.

"Ah, the evidence looks too good to be true, and is!"

Tim Noah is a story fabricator, and an author of fiction in this instance. Does he know James Frey?

Anonymous said...

Can you prove it didn't happen?

Anonymous said...

The evidence of fraud and forgery speaks for itself. Saying otherwise doesn't make Noah's (or your) assertion true.

Can you prove the authenticity of the documents in question?

I didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

Noah is a hack. This article was beyond stupid.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Jack, he got great fitness reports until his plane was decommissioned. The Air Force trains pilots on one model of plane, and he didn't have enough time to learn another one, which is why GWB didn't have a hell of a lot to do for the last 18 moths or so.

Would you rather have him say he was doing bombing runs over the Ho Chi Minh trail on Xmas eve '68?

Jason O.

Anonymous said...


Surely you mean bombing runs over Cambodia in 68.

Some Schmuck said...

I have in my possession a signed e-mail from Ho Chi Minh to John Kerry thanking him for his efforts on behalf of the North Vietmanese in 1971.

Some has questioned the authenticity of the e-mail because of the fact that e-mail hadn't been invented in 1971 and that Ho Chi Minh died in 1969.

Be that as it may, no one has been able to prove conclusively that the e-mail is not genuine.