News network CBS publishes forged documents to discredit U.S. President Bush; CBS lies uncovered by Mr. Charles Johnson

Little Green Footballs (, has published many articles proving that the American network CBS ( has made up a story to discredit U.S. President George Bush.

There's a lot of rhetoric going around on this story, so I'll attempt to summarize all of the evidence against CBS below.

Here are the facts:

1) CBS attacks President George Bush. On September 8, 2004, the CBS TV show "60 minutes" aired a story that attacked U.S. President George Bush. In this story, some "newly uncovered" documents by CBS showed that someone named Col. Killian, President Bush's commanding officer in 1973 in the Texas National Guard, was not very fond of him and suggested that "pressure" was being applied so he'd "go easy" on Mr. Bush. The full story from CBS was called "New Questions On Bush Guard Duty" and you may access it here or below.

One of the documents that CBS published was a memo from Col. Killian's "personal file" that read:

19 May 1972

Memo to File

SUBJECT: Discussion with Bush, 1 st Lt Bush

1. Phone call from Bush. Discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from now through November. I told him he could do ET for three months or transfer. Says he wants to transfer to Alabama to any unit he can get in to. Says that he is working on another campaign for his dad.

2. Physical. We talked about him getting his flight physical situation fixed before his date. Says he will do that in Alabama if he stays in a flight status. He has this campaign to do and other things that will follow and may not have the time. I advised him of our investment in him and his commitment. He’s been working with staff to come up with options and identified a unit that may accept him. I told him I had to have written acceptance before he would be transferred, but think he’s also talking to someone upstairs.

You can download the PDF document containing the above memo by clicking here (right click and choose "Save As". You might need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it - you can get it by clicking here).

2) CBS document allegedly from 1973 created with software from 2004. Charles Johnson, the creator of the excellent site and someone who has been involved with desktop publishing software and scalable software fonts almost since their inception, thought that the CBS documents didn't look like something that was made with 1973 typewriters, but looked more like something that could be created by modern word processing software such as Microsoft Word.

Mr. Johnson decided to type the text from above (the "newly uncovered" document by CBS) using Microsoft Word 2004. It is important to note that Mr. Johnson used the default settings in Microsoft Word 2004, including the font type, the font size, the margins, etc...

To Mr. Johnson's surprise the Microsoft Word document matched EXACTLY the document from above (that CBS claims was created in 1973). In fact, Mr. Johnson created an animation that shows how the 1973 CBS document and the Word 2004 document overlap perfectly:

CBS document from 1973 and Microsoft Word document from 2004 match exactly. Click on image or here to zoom in.

3) CBS lied and used forged documents to attack Mr. Bush. The above proves without a doubt that the documents published by CBS are forged. Some people have argued that there were typewriters available in 1973 that could have produced the document from above.

That might or might not be true, but it is completely irrelevant. Even if Col. Killian was able to create the document from above in 1973 using an expensive IBM typewriter, the chances that this document would match EXACTLY a document created with Microsoft Word 2004 default settings are slim to none.

Since the document was therefore probably created using a piece of software that was released in 2003 or 2004, the above document was clearly not written by Col. Killian, president Bush's commanding officer in 1973.

CBS created a story based on forged documents and not only has not apologized for the lies, but continues to stand behind their journalist Dan Rather and his faulty report.

4) Links to all documents. You may download these documents to your computer (right click on any of the links and choose "Save As") and verify for yourself the claim that CBS has lied and has published false document to attack U.S. President George Bush:

Document 1: Click here to download the document published by CBS, a memo that CBS says was created in 1973. You might need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access it - you can get it by clicking here).

Document 2: Click here to download the Microsoft Word document created by Charles Johnson. If you don't have Microsoft Office or Word, you can get a free Word viewer here.

Document 3: Click here to download a small animation that overlaps the two above documents.

Document 4: Click here to download a high resolution version of an animation that overlaps the two above documents.

Document 5: Click here to download a an animation that overlaps the CBS document from 1973 and a document created with Apple TextEdit, another word processing software. Notice how the two documents don't match at all, contrary to the perfect match with the default settings in Microsoft Word 2004.

This is not the first time that CBS has shown their biased and unprofessional way of reporting the news: click here to see how CBS correspondent Bob Simon showed clear bias when reporting on Israel's security fence.

I copy below the original CBS story and all of the articles from Charles Johnson that have unmasked the lies coming from CBS.

Update: There's a great technical article written by Joseph M. Newcomer, someone who practically invented computer typesetting, that completely proves that the CBS documents are forgeries. Click here to read it (I'll post more details later).

New Questions On Bush Guard Duty, Sept. 8, 2004, Link

The military records of the two men running for president have become part of the political arsenal in this campaign – a tool for building up, or blowing up, each candidate’s credibility as America's next commander-in-chief.

While Sen. Kerry has been targeted for what he did in Vietnam, President Bush has been criticized for avoiding Vietnam by landing a spot in the Texas Air National Guard - and then failing to meet some of his obligations.

Did then-Lt. Bush fulfill all of his military obligations? And just how did he land that spot in the National Guard in the first place? Correspondent Dan Rather has new information on the president’s military service – and the first-ever interview with the man who says he pulled strings to get young George W. Bush into the Texas Air National Guard.
It was May 1968, and Vietnam was in flames. In that month, more than 2,000 Americans were killed in combat, and the draft was siphoning thousands more into the jungle.

George W. Bush had just graduated from Yale, and faced the prospect of being drafted himself. But former Texas House Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes says he helped keep that from happening.

So what happened with Mr. Bush, the draft and the National Guard? And why is Barnes finally telling his story?

"First of all, I want to say that I’m not here to bring any harm to George Bush's reputation or his career. I was contacted by people from the very beginning of his political career, when he ran for governor, and then when he ran for president, and now he's running for re-election," says Barnes.

"I've had hundreds of phone calls from people wanting to know the story. And I've been quoted and misquoted. And the reason I am here today … is that I really want to tell the story. And I want to tell it one time. And get it behind us. And again, it is not about George Bush's political career. This is about what the truth is."

Barnes is a Democrat who is now actively raising money for Sen. John Kerry. But he was also a Democrat back in 1968, and serving as Texas speaker of the House. At 29, Barnes was a protégé of President Lyndon Johnson. But in keeping with the times, he wielded clout and connections to build a powerful political base.

A few months before Mr. Bush would become eligible for the draft, Barnes says he had a meeting with the late oilman Sid Adger, a friend to both Barnes and then-Congressman George Bush.

"It's been a long time ago, but he said basically would I help young George Bush get in the Air National Guard," says Barnes, who then contacted his longtime friend Gen. James Rose, the head of Texas' Air National Guard.

"I was a young, ambitious politician doing what I thought was acceptable," says Barnes. "It was important to make friends. And I recommended a lot of people for the National Guard during the Vietnam era - as speaker of the house and as lt. governor."

George W. Bush was among those he recommended for the National Guard. Was this a case of preferential treatment?

"I would describe it as preferential treatment. There were hundreds of names on the list of people wanting to get into the Air National Guard or the Army National Guard," says Barnes. "I think that would have been a preference to anybody that didn't want to go to Vietnam or didn’t want to leave. We had a lot of young men that left and went to Canada in the '60s and fled this country. But those that could get in the Reserves, or those that could get in the National Guard - chances are they would not have to go to Vietnam."

This is the first time Barnes has told his story publicly, but for years, the president has been hounded by questions about how he got in the National Guard.

"Any allegation that my dad asked for special favors is simply not true," said Mr. Bush. "And the former president of the United States has said that he in no way, shape or form helped me get into the National Guard. I didn't ask anyone to help me get into the Guard either."
In an interview today with Senior White House Correspondent John Roberts, the president's communication director, Dan Bartlett, repeated that denial.

Bartlett said this was all part of the Kerry campaign. "I chalk it up to the politics they play down in Texas. I've been there. I've seen how it works. But the bottom line is that there's no truth to this," he says.

"The fact that 55 days before an election that partisan Democrats are recycling the very same charges we hear every President Bush runs for reelection. It is dirty politics."

Then-Lt. Bush went to Georgia, and completed a difficult pilot training program. He was assigned to duty in Houston, flying F-102s out of Ellington Air Force Base.

Today on the airbase, a mothballed F-102 is emblazoned with the president's name. But even in 1970, then-Lt. Bush was already something of a celebrity at the airfield. A press release issued that year by his unit points out that the young lieutenant is the son of the local congressman.

Mr. Bush had signed a six-year commitment to fly for the Air Guard, and early on, the young pilot got glowing evaluations from his squadron commander, Col. Jerry Killian.

Killian called Lt. Bush "an exceptionally fine young officer and pilot" who "performed in an outstanding manner." That is part of the public record.

But 60 Minutes has obtained a number of documents we are told were taken from Col. Killian's personal file. Among them, a never-before-seen memorandum from May 1972, where Killian writes that Lt. Bush called him to talk about "how he can get out of coming to drill from now through November."

Lt. Bush tells his commander "he is working on a campaign in Alabama…. and may not have time to take his physical." Killian adds that he thinks Lt. Bush has gone over his head, and is "talking to someone upstairs."

Col. Killian died in 1984. 60 Minutes consulted a handwriting analyst and document expert who believes the material is authentic.

Robert Strong was a friend and colleague of Col. Killian who ran the Texas Air National Guard administrative office in the Vietnam era. Strong, now a college professor, believes these documents are genuine.

"They are compatible with the way business was done at the time. They are compatible with the man that I remember Jerry Killian being," says Strong. "I don’t see anything in the documents that is discordant with what were the times, what was the situation and what were the people involved."

"He [Killian] was a straight-arrow guy," adds Strong. "He really was. I was very fond of him, liked him personally. Very professional man, a career pilot. He took his responsibilities very, very seriously."

In a memo from Aug. 18, 1973, Col. Killian says Col. Buck Staudt, the man in charge of the Texas Air National Guard, is putting on pressure to "sugar coat" the evaluation of Lt. Bush. Staudt, a longtime supporter of the Bush family, would not do an interview for this broadcast.

The memo continues, with Killian saying, "I’m having trouble running interference and doing my job."

"He was trying to deal with a volatile political situation, in dealing with the son of an ambassador and former congressman," says Strong. "He was trying to deal with at least one superior officer, Gen. Staudt, who was closely connected to the Houston political establishment. And I just see an impossible situation. I feel very, very sorry, because he was between a rock and a hard place."

One of the Killian memos is an official order to George W. Bush to report for a physical. The president never carried out the order.

On Aug. 1, 1972, Lt. Bush was suspended from flying status, due to failure to accomplish his annual medical examination. That document was released years ago. But another document has not been seen until now. It’s a memo that Col. Jerry Killian put in his own file that same day. It says "on this date, I ordered that 1st Lt. Bush be suspended not just for failing to take a physical….but for failing to perform to U.S. Air Force/Texas Air National Guard standards."

He goes on: "The officer [then-Lt. Bush] has made no attempt to meet his training certification or flight physical."
Correspondent John Roberts talked with the president's communications director, Dan Bartlett, and asked about Col. Killians' order for Lt. Bush to take a physical.

"The memorandum in your possession shows that he spoke to the commander who made that order to talk about his personal situation and the fact that he is going to Alabama," says Bartlett. "So at every step of the way, President Bush was meeting his requirement. Granted permission to meet his requirement. And that's why President Bush was honorably discharged."

However, the questions about Vietnam still follow President Bush and Ben Barnes - and every American who remembers where they were, and what they did during Vietnam.

"By 1968, casualties in Vietnam were running high," Rather says to Barnes. "Did you or did you not think at that time, 'I'm a little uncomfortable with this,' or did you have long talks with your conscience? Did you say to yourself, 'I'm a little uncomfortable with doing this?'"

"It would be very easy for me to sit here and tell you that I had wrestled with this and lost a lot of sleep at night, but I wouldn't be telling you the truth," says Barnes. "I very … not eagerly… but readily was willing to call and get those young men into the national guard that were friends of mine and supporters of mine. And I did it. Reflecting back, I'm very sorry about it. But you know, it happened. And it was because of my ambition, my youth and my lack of understanding. But it happened. And it's not something I'm necessarily proud of."

Didn’t conscience come into play here? Strong says it did. "But conscience is a very individual thing. This is the way power works. What you saw is the way power works," says Strong.

"Power begets power. Power goes to power to get more power. If you have a little bit of power and someone offers you an opportunity to gain more power by doing power a favor, then this is what power does. It trades on itself. It feeds on itself. This is the way the system worked. This is the way the state government worked. This is the way the Guard worked."

Thirty years after the fact, Barnes says he is one of many Americans still trying to make peace with what he did during the war.

"I've thought about it an awful lot. And you walk through the Vietnam memorial, particularly at night like I did a few months ago, and I tell you, you'll think about it a long time," says Barnes.

"I don’t think I had any right to have the power that I had, to choose who was going to go to Vietnam and who was not going to go to Vietnam. That's power. In some instances, when I looked at those names, I was maybe determining life or death. And that's not a power that I want to have."

"Too strong or not to say that you are ashamed of it now," asks Rather.

"Oh, I think that would be somewhat of an appropriate thing," says Barnes. "I'm very, very sorry."

CBS Killian Document Index, 9/13/2004, Link

To make it easier for those coming to LGF for the first time looking for our posts on the forged Killian documents released by CBS News, here is a list of all LGF entries on the subject to date, in chronological order:

Bush Guard Documents: Forgeries?
Bush Guard Documents: Forged
Forged Documents: Topic Two
Font Geek Bona Fides
The 12-Hour Scandal
CBS’s Big Blunder
Killian’s Son: ‘No Officer in His Right Mind’
Word Wrap in 1973
Rather’s Last Stand
Auto Centering in 1973
CBS Walks Over the Cliff
The Ankle Biters
Another CBS Document Experiment
Yet Another CBS Document Experiment
IBM Selectric Composer? No Way.
About That IBM Selectric Composer
Blogging in a 3-Piece
Mainstream Media in Document Quagmire
Steyn: CBS Falls for Fake Memo
One More CBS Document Example
CBS News Goes to the Mattresses
High Resolution Image Correction
Another Document Experiment: 19 May 1972
Facts: They’re Rather Inconvenient
LA Times: Blogs Are Major Players
Down From The Mountain
Fact Checking, CBS Style
Guard Commander: Documents Falsified
Man Behind the Curtain?
IBM Executive: Not Even Close
PC Magazine: Not Even Close
Typography Expert Weighs In
DNC to Launch Fresh Attacks on Bush Guard Service
TIME Goes to the Mattresses
Tell Them
What Media Bias?
Slate: Not Even Close
Investor’s Business Daily: Resignations in Order
Low Overhead LGF

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