The forgery firestorm is still in full-swing. Here’s a tidbit via the Commissar and Bill at INDC Journal—who’s done some outstanding work including consulting a forensic document specialist, Philip Bouffard. (To get the bulk of Bill’s extensive research, scroll all the way down on the front page and start from there.)
AUSTIN, Texas - (KRT) - The man named in a disputed memo as exerting pressure to "sugar coat" President Bush's military record left the Texas Air National Guard a year and a half before the memo was supposedly written, his own service record shows.
An order obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows that Col. Walter "Buck" Staudt was honorably discharged on March 1, 1972. CBS News reported this week that a memo in which Staudt was described as interfering with officers' negative evaluations of Bush's service, was dated Aug. 18, 1973. [--ed. Bold mine.]::::snort::: Many on the left and even some on the right have floated the tin-foil hattish theory that the apparent and incredibly sloppy forged memo was planted by some member of the Bush Administration--of course, everything is their fault, you see—namely one Karl Rove. (What is it about this guy that torques so many Democrat off so badly? Is it that he’s so smart? Or is it that GWB was smart enough to put him on the team?)
Related to the theory that the forgery was bait cast by the RNC, Patterico reports that the good researchers at NPR and Media Matters are having some trouble with the idea that there’s three hour time difference between the east coast and the west coast.
The moonbats at these organizations have been floating an absurd theory: that the individuals who first noticed discrepancies in the CBS documents may be the very people who forged the documents.
Unfortunately for the tinfoil hat crowd, this nutty theory is based on a simple mistake made by ABCNEWS regarding the timezone of a time stamp on an internet site. ABCNEWS failed to note that the time stamp was Pacific time. Based on this simple mistake, ABCNEWS falsely concluded that internet posters had posted their doubts about the documents before the program had ended.If I were the tin-foil hat sort, I’d believe that Rove put the memo in the mix. If the “professionals,” i.e. people who are hired to transmit information to the public, can be goaded into swallowing this whopper and making such fundamental mistakes as forgeting the time differential across the US, what a tempting target they must present. Oh wait, we already knew that.
Also, if I were Karl Rove, I'd be tempted to take credit for it whether I did it or not.