September 12, 2004

Blathergate

Saturday night my friends Michael and Cindy had me over for dinner. As usual we drank lots of good wine. Cindy grilled some t-bone steaks. It was a real nice evening so we ate out by their pool. They had a little waterfall installed on one end of the pool this summer and it creates a real nice sound.

Afterwards, we went inside and had some cheese with a nice red wine. We turned on the television to see what was on and came across the dedication of the Underground Railroad museum in Cinncinnati. They had what looked like Buddhist monks chanting and strewing flower petals. We kept it in that station because we wanted to watch John Fonda Kerry speak to the Congressional Black Caucus.

We watched the entire speech. It was dull, dull, dull. It should be relatively easy to get the CBC involved in a speech. Clinton could do it. Algore could do it. Howard Dean could do it. Hell, even Babyface could do it. At no point in his speech did he get his audience to rise to its feet. There was polite applause to some of his talking points but that was it. The camera panned the room and we saw that some members of the audience had fallen asleep.

I now know how Flipper plans to win the War on Terror. He's gonna bore the terrorists to death.

Now on to Blathergate. Dan (What's the frequency Kenneth?) Blather and CBS are no longer even trying to hide their bias. Out comes the dead horse of Bush's National Guard Service. The Dimocrats have been beating this dead horse every election since 1994.

This horse has been flayed to death, buried, dug up, beat to another death, buried, dug up, beat on again, buried, dug up and now all that's left are a few bones, but that doesn't stop Blather and CBS trying to beat what's left of it.

Newsflash! The memo is a fake. How do I know? Because I have my own expert.

One of the liberal sites (I'm not linking to it. Little Green Footballs has the link.) stated that there actually were two machines available in the early 70's that could have created the memo. They were the IBM Selectric Composer and the IBM Executive typewriter. I just happen to have a very close friend who was a Customer Engineer with the IBM Office Products Division in the early 70's and he was trained on both the Selectric Composer and the IBM Executive typwriter. I asked him if either of those machines could have created the memo. His answer? No. Here's what he told me.

The Selectric Composer was a machine designed to do layout printing like you would see in a newspaper. It could do proportional spacing. But, if the memo had been typed on the Selectric Composer, not only would the left margin be straight, but the right margin would be also, just like you see in newsprint. This didn't occur in this memo. Also, the Selectric Composer was a very expensive piece of specialized equipment. There were not a lot of them built. Not many companies used them and I doubt if a National Guard unit would have one.

The Executive typewriter model C4 and Model D4 could do proportional spacing like we see on the memo. But it was not capable of the little th superscript. Plus it also was more expensive than regular typewriters that IBM made at the time. Once again, it would not be very likely for a National Guard unit to have purchased one. This memo was not typed on an IBM machine. It is a fake.

Straight from someone who repaired those machines.

How could Blather and company have been taken in so easily and why do they still insist these memos are genuine? Because they want them to be. Still think there is no media bias?

They apply different standards of proof to items damaging Bush than to items damaging Lurch. How much coverage do you think the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth would have received if not for Fox News and the Internet? Damn! I'm so glad that Algore invented it. Do you think we would have heard about Monica if not for Drudge?

Remember Bush is not running on his National Guard record. Anyway, as I have said many times before and will continue to say, Viet Nam service became a nonissue as soon as we elected a draft dodger in 1992 and 1996. Military service or lack thereof should no longer be relevant and the Dimocrats, and their friends in the lamestream media who, as I have said, are not even trying to hide their blatant bias anymore are displaying rampant hypocrisy by bringing it up.

So why is what went on during Flipper's four months relevant? Because he made it an issue. He can't run on his record in the Senate because not only did he not introduce any legislation in his 20 years, he also has the most liberal voting record in the Senate.

He has voted against every major weapons system and has continuously voted to cut not only military spending but also intelligence spending. He was hoping that running on his status as a war "hero" would innoculate him from his weak voting record on defense and intelligence.

It turns out that there are a lot of veterans (and I'm one of them) who are pissed off about his Benedict Arnold act of lying about made up atrocities before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And yes he lied, at least by Dimocrat standards. The Dimocrats claim that Kerry was merely repeating what veterans in Detroit had told him so that's not lying. Then why is Bush repeating what British Intelligence and the CIA told him lying? Because there is a double standard.

If he doesn't want to talk about his phony Purple Hearts he should not have brought the subject up. If he wants to stop this crap all he has to do is release all of his military records. Or is there something in there he doesn't want us to see?

Another example of media bias. The lamestream media keeps hounding Bush about his National Guard records, but gives Lurch a pass on producing all of his records. Bush is not basing his campaign on his National Guard Service. Flipper is basing his on four lousy months in Viet Nam.

Want another example of media bias? This time it's NBC. The Today show is devoting three segments to Kitty Kelly to publicize her new book. One of the juicier bits of dirt is her contention that Bush used cocaine at Camp David when his father was president. Kelly claims she got this information from Sharon Bush who used to be married to Neal Bush. Sharon Bush denies this. NBC doesn't care. If it can hurt Bush, it's news. Like I said, they're not even pretending not to be biased anymore.

Remember, it was NBC that sat on Lisa Meyer's interview with Juanita Brodderick until after the Senate impeachment hearings. Bias? Nah.

As the major networks get more and more blatant with their bias, less and less people are tuning in. Their ratinga are dropping and Fox's ratings are going up and they can't seem to figger out why.

If CBS were smart they would cut their losses and put Blather out to pasture. Maybe then he could find the frequency. But they won't and their credibility will contine to slide and less and less people will tune in.

It couldn't happen to a nicer network.

Posted by denny at September 12, 2004 08:27 PM  
Comments

I'm familiar with the Executive typewriter circa 1975 or so; don't know if it was the C4 or D4 but probbly doesn't matter. What does matter is that it was a real bitch to backspace and correct something, because it threw the spacing way off. DEFINITELY not to be used to type routine memos, and DEFINITELY not to be used by someone who was not an expert typist, which by all accounts Killian wasn't.

Bottom line, I think Rather's dead meat.

Posted by: Mr Jimm on September 12, 2004 11:56 PM

I agree with yours and other's contention that the MSM is showing a massive bias for the Dimocrats. I've been following Rathergate on all the blogs and noticed that no one has mentioned the juxtaposition of the Navy investigation of Kerry's questionable documentation of his medals
that was announced just days before Danny boy decided to try some "smoke and mirrors" attacks on Bush's TANG service thru the use of yet more questionable documentation. I would like to see if you or anyone else has anything more concerning the Navy Investigation.

Posted by: bubba on September 13, 2004 10:58 AM

Denny, you give me one great big happy face! And DITTO what Bubba said.

Posted by: The Moose on September 13, 2004 11:04 AM

Jim - That's what my buddy told me. It was a bitch to backspace and correct. It backspaced in the smallest increment so to backspace for an I you backspaced once. For an M you backspaced 5 times. He said there was a key to press that would bring up a little metal pointer to see if you had backspaced enough. Unfortunately it was so flimsy it was easy to bend so wasn't really worth much. Yep! It was a typewriter that was only used by really good and experienced typists.

Posted by: Denny on September 13, 2004 11:16 AM

Okay. Let me admit that I am a little weak on all the facts here concerning that memo; like what exactly did it say? You see, I haven't watched Rather in quite some time.

Posted by: The Moose on September 13, 2004 12:24 PM

There is a $37,900 reward for anyone who re-create the CBS documents on a 1970's era typewriter. So far, no one has been close.

When someone is able, with a typewriter, to center proportional-font pseudo-kerned Times New Roman headings across three documents separated by four months with sub-millimeter precision, I will be impressed. Add to that the fact that the centering is done the way Word does it (not truly centered but offset slightly to the left) and not the way a typist would do (truly centered, half and half). And ignore that all the tab stops in the document are the same as Microsoft Word's. Etc., etc.

Posted by: addison on September 13, 2004 01:36 PM

I read Edith Efron's book "The News Twisters" about CBS when I was in J-school in 1974. They've been doing the same shit for 30 years.

They just got caught this time. And bloggers burned their ass. I like that.

What's the frequency NOW, Kenneth, you lying bastard?

Posted by: Acidman on September 13, 2004 02:27 PM
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