CBS doing a "hatchet
job" on President George Bush
by Mark Neckameyer
September 12, 2004
Letter to the Editor:
Last Wednesday's "60 Minutes"
program featured supposed 1970s memos from Bush's deceased
National Guard superior officer, Gary Killian, criticizing the
President for disobeying an order to get a flight physical and
for shirking other Guard responsibilities. This program
and attempt to disparage the president looks to be
completely contrived, unfair and bogus. The following
are only some of the obvious clues:
- The memos certainly appear
to have been prepared using a modern word-processing program,
most likely Microsoft Word. The alignment of the type,
proportional typefaces, the use of superscript, the use
of an apostrophe which was not on typewriters in the 1970s
and the type font all indicate computer preparation. Even
if Gary Killian had typed memos like the ones shown, he would
have used a manual typewriter as that was what the National Guard
used in the early 1970s.
- The documents are not on a
standard letterhead. Instead, they feature a typewritten and
centered address with a post office box rather than an actual
street address of the squadron. The address is P.O. Box 34567,
which coincidentally includes five consecutive numbers.
- Dates in the letters -- "04
May 1972" and "14 May, 1972" -- are inconsistent
and do not follow military form. The military prefers the following
example, according to ex-officers: 4 May 72. It doesn't include
a zero preceding the date or a comma following the month.
- The lines "MEMORANDUM
FOR:" and "SUBJECT:" that begin the May 4, 1972,
document, weren't officially used in the 1970s. According to
one retired military officer, the correct format then was most
likely "REPLY TO ATTN OF:" then "SUBJECT:"
and finally "TO:" preceding the text of the message.
- Bush's name was listed in
the memo as "1st Lt. George W. Bush." But other military
documents, including those posted on Sen. John Kerry's website
use a different format. Bush's name would have likely appeared
as "1LT Bush, GW" or "1LT G Bush."
- There shouldn't be disparities
in the May 4, 1972, letter such as, "111 F.I.S." and
"111th F.I.S.," according to ex-military officers.
Also, the acronym "F.I.S.," which stands for Fighter
Intercept Squadron, shouldn't have included periods.
- The signature block with Killian's
name lists his rank as "Lt. Colonel," when in reality
most military commanders abbreviated that title as "LTC"
or "Lt. Col.," according to retired officers. The signature
block also includes the word "Commander" when "Commanding"
was the preferred reference.
- Another major inconsistency
is that military pilots must take physicals by the end of
their birth month, July in the case of George Bush and the CBS
memos supposedly order a physical in May.
- CBS ignored and did not include
in the program comments from Killian's son and widow who have
strongly expressed their doubts that CBS' documents are legit.
Neither would CBS include the observations of Bush's roommate
while in the National Guard, Dean Roome, saying, according to
the widow, that all of these individuals were too "pro Bush"
to be included in the program. Mrs. Killian has even stated
that her husband did not know how to type and everyone in the
family states that Gary Killian did not prepare or keep documents
like the ones CBS displayed. Neither did Killian harbor
the feelings about George Bush that are claimed in the disputed
- Turns out one officer, Col.
W Staudt mentioned in the fake memos, supposedly the one
talking about, pushing Killian to "sugarcoat"
the Bush records, had retired a years and a half BEFORE the date
on the supposed memos.
- CBS hangs its hat on, points
to, verifying the story by having run it by Killian's
commander, Maj. General Hodges who is now obviously very old. Hodges
supposedly said something like, "Sounds right to me"
when contacted by CBS. Now it is revealed that the
CBS producer called the long retired Major General and told him
that CBS had a handwritten memo and he said something like. "well
if you have it in writing I guess it is OK.". CBS
hoodwinked the old guy!
I wonder what the reaction
would be if I concocted a phony memo from a deceased officer
from John Kerry's U.S. Navy days stating that Kerry was being
ordered to stop killing and eating Vietnamese children?
If I sent this ridiculous, obviously fake ( I hope fake!) memo
to FOX News. Would they trumpet it on the air, feature
it in an expose on Senator Kerry? NO! You know why"?
FOX News is "Fair and Balanced" while CBS is unfair,
unbalanced and is trying to cheat the American people out of
a fair election for President!
Irvine, CA - USA
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