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I have been through chapter one of Marry Mapes' book; I also have been through the Thornburgh-Boccardi report. There are so many misrepresntations of fact in Chapter One, I will not waste my time with the rest of the book.
Free Republic web logger "Buckhead" is not the only person with decades of computer publishing experience who spotted the CBS memos as not 1970s typewritten documents. Mapes sets "Freeper blogger Buckhead" up as a demonized strawman to distract attention away from the documents themselves.
I worked at Kingsport Press for thirty-four years in computer assisted typesetting, starting with IBM 1130 punching paper tape to drive Linotype linecasters, through the VideoComp and Linotron typesetters, ending with various Mac and Win PCs producing PostScript.
When I followed Joseph Newcomer's demonstration on the Web that the CBS memos were typeset recently and were not typewritten in the 1970s, it was like Composition 101. I followed along with PDFs of the four CBS memos downloaded from their website. Plus a PDF of an authenticated Lt Col Killian memo promoting Lt Bush in Nov 1970. Plus my experience typesetting hundreds of books and quarterly journals, and creating dozens of fonts for the VideoComp, Linotron, and Postscript typesetters.
The fact that another typesetter "Buckhead" found the same flaws confirms my observations.
The bottom line is: those memos could not have been created on TexANG clerk-typist Knox's Olympia typewriter; although Knox did receive an IBM Selectric (after Bush left the TexANG) she did not receive the "Executive" or the "Composer" models; even with those models, she could not have done the kerning of letter pairs, like "fr", which is shown in the CBS memos. At the time those memos were allegedly written, Lt Col Killian's office used an Olympia and did not use any model of IBM Selectric until 1975.
In the 1970s I had access to a RCA GSD VideoComp 830 with Times-Roman font; I could with great difficulty have produced copies of the CBS memos on a machine that cost the Press $500,000. Sept 2004 I was able to make a mirror-image of one of the CBS memos in minutes by just typing the text into Microsoft Word default settings for Truetype Times New Roman on my son's old PC.
I went a step further: I captured Killian's signature off the validated Nov 1970 memo. I tweaked pointsize and setwidth of Postscript Courier Bold to match the Olympia typewriter font and offset the Courier figures 35679 to mimic Olympia Old Style figures. Following the Nov 1970 memo TexANG document style, I created my own "Killian" memo placing FDR guiding the Pearl Harbor attack and Harry S Truman shooting the UFO aliens at Roswell NM. I pasted in Killian's signature and printed the memo. I then crumpled the printed document, rubbed it on the floor to get random dust specks, scanned it slightly off center, and violin! I had my own 60 Minutes quality documentation, that "meshed" with the official record: FDR was president 7 Dec 1941 and HST was president in 1947.
Mary Mapes has the documentation standards of Criswell in Plan Nine From Outer Space: "Can you prove it didn't happen?"
Problems with the CBS memos are not limited to the style or form.
May 4, 1972 Lt Col Killian orders Lt Bush to report for a physical examination no later than May 14, 1972.
- In TexANG squadron officers did not write orders for flight physical exams.
- Physical exams were routinely scheduled based on officer's birth date.
- There is no record of Lt Col Killian writing orders for physical exams.
- Officialy Bush could take his exam as late as 31 Jul 72.
May 19, 1972 File memorandum, Lt Col Killian discusses Lt Bush transfer request to Alabama for personal reasons
- This does mesh well with Bush's efforts to transfer to non-flying status so he could live and do political work in Alabama.
August 1, 1972 Lt Col Killian verbally orders Lt Bush suspended from flight status.
- Bush's suspension from flying status was actually handled by Col Harris, and the tone of Harris' memo is routine and not at all like this memo attributed to Killian.
- Standard Texas Air National Guard abbrv. was 'TexANG' not 'USAF/TexANG'.
- Lt Col Killian abbreviated 'lieutenant' as 'Lt' not 'Lt.' period.
- There was a 'flight evaluation board' but NO 'flight review board.'
- Lt Col Killian and Tex Air NG did not use the Army term 'billet.'
There are many clues that the author was not Lt Col Killian TexANG.
June 24, 1973 Lt. Colonel Killian authors a Memorandum to 'Sir,' about Bush not receiving a TexANG annual evaluation while stationed in Alabama.
- Again, the real Lt Col Killian did not put a period after 'Lt' or 'Lt Col'
- Killian abbreviated Fighter Interceptor Squadron as 'FIS' not as 'F. I. S.'
- Lt Col Killian never addressed memos to 'Sir' and was very strict about addressing people by their rank and name, another clue that the author was not Killian.
- Otherwise, this meshes with Bush's transfer to non-flying status in Alabama.
August 18, 1973 Lt. Colonel Killian authors a CYA File Memorandum stating as follows:
1. Staudt has obviously pressured Hodges more about Bush. I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job. Harris gave me a message today from Grp regarding Bush's OETR and Staudt is pushing to sugar coat it: Bush wasn't here during rating period and I don't have any feedback from 187th in Alabama. I will not rate. Austin is not happy today either.
2. Harris took the call from Grp today. I'll back date but won't rate. Harris agrees.
- General Staudt had been retired for at least 17 months by the date ascribed to this memo and by all TexANG sources had no involvement with TexANG internal affairs after his retirement.
- Group is abbreviated as "Gp" in all other TexANG memos, not "Grp".
- 'OETR' is not the correct TexANG abbreviation for Officer Efficiency/Training Report (OER), another clue that the author was NOT TexANG.
Well before the segment aired, the four document examiners hired by CBS tried to warn CBS that there were problems with authenticating the documents. Mapes in her five year crusade against Bush refused to listen. When the "holy grail" the obviously faked documents were posted in PDF format on the CBS website, people with font and type composition experience got to see them and raised questions. Mapes and Rather dismissed critics with the sign-off "FTA" F--- Them All. Mapes and Rather both were arrogant and full of themselves to the bursting point.
Mary, Dan and fans: I hope you live long, learn the error of your ways, and repent.
Before writing this, I downloaded and read fifty-nine Amazon revoews of "Truth and Duty." Quite frankly, the blindness of the Bush-haters and Mapes-idolizers does not speak well for the future of America's left wing.
ADDED 16 Aug 2014: A few months after I posted this review (based on the Look Ahead! preview chapter), I got a remaindered copy of "Truth and Duty" HB at the 99 Cent store for, well, 99 cents. There are factual details in the Thornburgh-Boccardi Report (available at the CBS website here: http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/complete_report/CBS_Report.pdf ) are glossed over or omitted from Mary Mapes' account.
Mapes claimed: p.7 "I was told the first posting claiming the documents were fakes had gone up on Free Republic before our broadcast was even off the air! How had the website even gotten copies of the documents?" The "Buckhead" postings (by attorney Harry W. MacDougald) were dated and timestamped after CBS posted the PDFs on-line for download and over three hours after the report was aired. p.200 "What made MacDougald such an instant authority on typography and its history? Who knew? Who cared?" Among other things, one of attorney MacDougald specializations was document authentification, that's what. Mapes didn't know, didn't care. He wasn't an instant authority; it took years.
And her insistence that the Bill Burkett documents meshed with the official records overlooks one thing: the official records had been a political football in 1999-2000 and were available in the public domain. It was no great feat for "Lucy Ramirez" or Texas Army National Guardsman Burkett or anyone for that matter to concoct fake documents with "new revelations" that "meshed" in other ways. With Burkett's use of army national guard lingo in alleged air national guard memos it was a poor mesh at that.