Forged Bush Memos - Someone used Word and had AutoCorrect turned on.
There's a lot of talk on the blogosphere today about the Bush Memos being forged. I looked at the memos (pdf) and it takes all of one minute to see that it's true. The kerning is obviously a Times New Roman class.
BIG UPDATE: Turns out they ARE fake. "The man who gave CBS News disputed documents describes how he obtained them; in television interview, he admits he deliberately misled a CBS News producer."
UPDATE: This from Little Green Footballs - an animated gif showing the Word version and the Memo itself.
This fellow OWNS one of the TypeWriters in question and says he doesn't buy it either. His site http://ibmcomposer.org/ is the only site dedicated to this typewriter.
Chris Brooks, my boss, had the most damning comment: Look at the superscript for crying out loud. I gasped. It's the "autocorrect" feature in Word creating a "th" after a number. Oy. Someone needs to lose their job. It's a shame, as I liked Dan Rather.
Here's IBM Composser guy's thoughts on making a "th" in 1973:
A: Yes, but not in one keystroke. To type 111th, you would first type "111", then remove the 11pt font element, and replace it with an 8pt element, then change the escapement (horizontal spacing) to the narrowest setting, half reverse index the paper, type "th". Then, you have to reverse that process by half indexing the paper back down, replacing the 8pt font element with an 11pt font element,...
Here's the Word version, compare yourself.
Steve Richter had a lot of links to bloggers who are following the story: