Boston Globe: Busted!

The Boston Globe ran a story headlined: “Authenticity Backed on Bush Documents.” The primary source relied on for that story was Dr. Philip Bouffard. But Bill at INDC Journal was able to interview Dr. Bouffard, and has posted this stunner:

I just interviewed Dr. Bouffard again, and he’s angry that the Globe has misrepresented him. He’s been getting hate mail and nasty phone calls since last night’s story was posted, and he wants me to correct the record. He did not change his mind, and he and his colleagues are becoming more certain that these documents are forgeries.
[Bouffard said:] “I would appreciate it if you could do whatever it takes to clear this up, through your internet site, or whatever.”
“All I’d done is say, ‘Hey I want to look into it.’ Please correct that damn impression!”
“What I said to them was, I got new information about possible Selectric fonts and [Air Force] documents that indicated a Selectric machine could have been available, and I needed to do more analysis and consider it.”
“But the more information we get and the more my colleagues look at this, we’re more convinced that there are significant differences between the type of the [IBM] Composer that was available and the questionable document.”
“The [new Selectric] typefaces sent to me invalidated the theory about the foot on the four [originally reported to INDC], but after looking at this more, there are still many more things that say this is bogus.”
“… there are so many things that are not right; ‘s crossings,’ ‘downstrokes’ …”
“More things were looked into; more things about IBM options. Even if you bought special [superscripting] keys, it’s not right. There are all kinds of things that say that this is not a typewriter.”
“Any form of kerning may be critical [he hasn’t rendered a definitive verdict if there is a form of kerning yet]. If there is any type of kerning, it obviously isn’t a typewriter or it’s definitely a typeset document.”
On the Globe and others:
“You talk to someone on the phone and it comes out different than you said!”

The Boston Globe has joined CBS News in the tank.
Meanwhile, today’s Globe features a story on how current Guardsmen react to the CBS documents. No mention of the fact that the documents are forgeries.


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