Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, September 16, 2004
THE NEW YORK TIMES may be a newspaper without news, if this headline from its website is any guide: Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate.

Times columnist Nicholas Kristof explained this conundrum for Times readers:
"we shouldn't be distracted by our doubts about the CBS documents. There's no doubt that Mr. Bush benefited from favoritism."
The lawyer representing Bill Burkett, putative source of the forgeries, took us one step further into Wonderland:
"If, hypothetically, Bill Burkett or anyone else, any other individual, had prepared or had typed on a word processor, as some of the journalists are presuming, without much evidence, if someone in the year 2004 had prepared on a word processor replicas of documents that they believed had existed in 1972 or 1973, which Bill Burkett has absolutely not done, what difference would it make?"
I'll give this much to Burkett; he's killed two major news sources with nothing more than a word-processor. That's more than any blogger could do.