Thursday, September 09, 2004

Gimme a Chance!

Now it's pretty much the CW that not only are the CBS memos forgeries, they're very, very poor forgeries. Earlier today, the Casual Observer himself whipped up a little test -- see if you could spot the forged memo. Unfortunately, no one reads this blog, so no one took the test. Still, I spent all of twenty minutes forging a memo and, frankly, I think it's actually quite good. In fact, if who ever was behind Memogate had called me -- a 21 year old college student -- instead of the Ivy League intern who whipped these up in Microsoft Word, I bet no one would have noticed. In fact, I'm offering my services to either party and all major news networks, in the event that they need my services.

the CBS forgery
my forgery

The point isn't that I'm the greatest forger in the world -- just that I'm better than the person who passed these off on CBS. Which leads me to believe that person either, a) didn't care all that much about creating a believable forgery, b) didn't think that CBS would bother to vet the documents, or c) knew that CBS wouldn't bother to check the documents. Option c) is obviously the most troubling, because it suggests collusion between CBS and the forger/sponsor of the forger. And don't think that there isn't anyone at CBS smart enough to figure out the docs were fake -- anyone who has seen The Insider is aware of the kind of scrutiny that something has to undergo before being broadcast by a television network. Which means that for something this obvious to make it through, people (plural) had to look the other way. And those people should be held accountable.

A simple "oops" from the Eye in the Sky isn't going to cut it.


Blogger jim said...

Your forgery is certainly better than CBSs! You also gave me the final push to set up my own blog. Now I just have to figure out what I am going to say on it!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your forgery is better, but still, who labels a memo CYA?

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re your forgery: Sure, the typeface is more convincing than the CBS memo's (typewriters of the period most commonly used Courier, Pica, or Elite), but who are you trying to kid? There were no pdf's in 1973.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I could have used your talents when I used to bring home those lame ass report cards in junior high.
What can you do with a Starbuck's buy nine and get your tenth latte free?

3:02 PM  
Blogger Circa Bellum said...

Yup, I never saw a typewriter that use Times Roman font back in the day. I do like your forgery better... I like your blog, too.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just fyi: People used to use a lower case L, not an upper case I for a 1.

9:17 AM  
Blogger The Casual Observer said...

Well what do you expect? After all, it is a FORGERY.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That other anonymous guy said they used to use the lower case l to simulate a one with typewriters lacking the numeral 1. True enough, but then Killian DIDN'T TYPE, so he wouldn't have known that. Diabolically clever.

7:53 PM  
Blogger The Casual Observer said...

That, Anonymous, is a great point. I AM diabolically clever. Please come back and comment on my posts anytime.

9:54 PM  
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