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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Bush Memos, Pt. II: America Goes Crazy

Holy crap, this whole CBS/Killian memos business has captivated the nation and suddenly everyone is trying to become experts on 1970s-era typewriters. It's crazy. I don't know what to think anymore. Since I wrote my last blog entry I've read many accounts of how the memos probably were typed in 1972/73. I'm not going to retract my last post, but I'm going to change my position to: I don't know what the hell to think. The documents certainly look like something typed up using MS Word. However, the company that created the Times New Roman typeface says it's been available since the 1930s, and apparently some IBM typewriters in use in 1972/73 were capable of the formatting used in the Killian memos.

CBS is standing firm behind their story.

Now, I guess the real question to be asked is, does any of this matter?

As far as Bush goes, I don't think this issue will have any affect on his campaign. People have known for years about Bush's spotty Air National Guard record, and Bush's supporters apparently do not care if Bush skipped out on his Guard obligations.

The media circus has come to town. I think it'll be here for a while.

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