It appears the winds of the blogosphere are blowing toward indignation toward the CBS report. I hate to join this mob frenzy as it grows; however, I did just read Appendix 4 and must question as well why the authors didn’t officially acknowledge that the memos were fake.
Appendix 4 concludes with this statement about the expert who examined the documents for the panel: “In summary, Tytell concluded that the Killian documents were generated on a computer.”
Sounds pretty conclusive. Odd that the authors chose to back away from their expert’s conclusion. Here’s how they explained it (in a footnote): “Although his reasoning seems credible and persuasive, the Panel does not know for certain whether Tytell has accounted for all alternative typestyles that might have been available on typewriters during that era.”
Seems like they chickened out from stating the obvious: The documents are fakes.
That said, I don’t want to turn into a whiner. I’m happy overall with the report and CBS’s response. I’d hate to see the blogosphere develop an early reputation for never being satisfied.