September 14, 2004
You Are Cordially Invited To A Pajama Party
In suggesting that no one is allowed to point out that the king is wearing no clothes, former CBS exec and all-around snob Jonathan Klein sniveled on Fox News last week that bloggers lacked any "checks and balances" and that "it's a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas."
(Is Klein referring to the same checks and balances CBS News and Dan Rather employ to magically transform forged memos into--PRESTO!--authentic memos?)
Anyhoo, there's a pajama party in the works and everyone's invited--even the Washington Post's Michael Dobbs and Howard Kurtz, who report today:
The lead expert retained by CBS News to examine disputed memos from President Bush's former squadron commander in the National Guard said yesterday that he examined only the late officer's signature and made no attempt to authenticate the documents themselves.
"There's no way that I, as a document expert, can authenticate them," Marcel Matley said in a telephone interview from San Francisco. The main reason, he said, is that they are "copies" that are "far removed" from the originals.
Yet, in CBS News's lame on-air CYA last Friday, Matley said this about the memo signatures purported to be Jerry Killian's: "We look basically at what's called significant or insignificant features to determine whether it's the same person or not. I have no problem identifying them ... I would say based on our available handwriting evidence, Yes. This is the same person ... Since it is represented that some of them are definitely his, then we can conclude they are his signatures."
Two questions for Marcel:
1) If you couldn't authenticate the memos because they are far removed copies, then how could you attempt to authenticate the signature on those far removed copies?
2) What were your parents thinking naming you Marcel?
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