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Saturday, September 11, 2004
NPR, the Killian Story and Blogs

By Steven Taylor @ 1:29 pm

Without a doubt the fact that more than rightishs blog and Fox News are talking about the real possibility that these documents are fakes demonstrates that there is indeed a story here-not just pro-Bush fantasies.

I heard a story on NPR’s All Things Considered last night that ended on what I thought was a peculiar note:

Finally, the questions about the memos have raised some questions themselves. The first doubts about the documents’ authenticity were apparently raised on a Weblog at 8:59 Wednesday night as the “60 Minutes” broadcast was ending. The blogger, according to the ABC News Web site, raised almost immediate questions about the font of the memos and the spacing of the letters, all of which would have been tricky to determine based on a fleeting appearance on a TV screen.

First, I thought it a slight that that was the only mention of blogs in the story. But more significantly it seems to me that there is a not-too-subtle suggestion that there is some kind of set-up going on here. Perhaps I am reading too much into that statement, but it sounds as if the NPR reporter is suggesting that someone knew about the documents prior to the airing of the program and was poised to attack. I am not sure if the idea is that someone leaked the documents to the blogger so as to start a disinformation campaign or if the suggestion is this was some kind of set-up or what. Regardless, it struck me as odd.

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  1. NPR has apparently never heard of TIVO, which would have allowed the person to view tyhe document for as long as he wished.

    Comment by Bithead — Saturday, September 11, 2004 @ 1:46 pm

  2. I have heard many people cite this NPR story. I have a problem with it. I’ve read multiple “histories” of this event (I even kinda wrote one the day it broke when I blogged it in an effort to give credit where due) and everyone says it was a single post on Freerepublic that got the ball rolling.

    I realize NPR can not do a hyperlink on the radio but baring some proof of this I think it is quite a dubious claim.

    And to be frank even if someone did do it, that does not somehow make the documents authentic nor does it mean there is some vast right wing conspiracy.

    Well- there is of course and I’m in the center of it - but this doesn’t prove it.

    Comment by Paul — Saturday, September 11, 2004 @ 2:13 pm

  3. Go here, the entire matter is a simple mistake by ABC News and NPR regardin time zones. The first blog entery was Pacific Time not eastern. It was simple time zone error, thats all.

    Comment by Dittybopper — Saturday, September 11, 2004 @ 2:30 pm

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