Expert opinions

Howard Kurtz interviews the two document examiners who warned CBS of possible problems concerning the authenticity of the 60 Minutes documents: “Document experts say CBS ignored memo ‘red flags.'” Yesterday the Post carried Kurtz’s devastating Hurricane Dan article (coauthored with Michael Dobbs) on page A8; today’s story is on page A10.
Over at the Kerry Spot Jim Geraghty draws attention to the news judgment evident in the Post today. On page A1 the Post reports on the successful return of Marion Barry to DC politics and on the new Kerry campaign theme (President Bush has misled voters). The distance of a Post story from page A1 seems to be inversely proportional to its intrinisic interest.
In the New York Post Deborah Orin and Ian Bishop add to Hurricane Dan’s entertainment value. They report the expert opinion of master forger Frank Abagnale, of Catch Me If You Can fame: “If my forgeries looked as bad as the CBS documents, it would have been, ‘Catch Me In Two Days.'” We’re awarding the Post the palm for best quote of the day as well as best headline: “Catch this if you can, Dan: Forger cries hoax.” Taking second place in our quote of the day competition is the story’s concluding item:

CBS has refused to discuss its source. When The Post asked if CBS could rule out a Democrat with Kerry ties as its source, a senior network official replied: “I can’t answer that”


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