9 September 2004

Coincidence or conspiracy?

Take a copy of Microsoft Office 2003, fire up Word, set the font to Times New Roman and start typing. Enter the text of the document released by the White House to CBS News to prove that Bush didn’t shirk his National Guard duty. The result? Your new document appears identical to the original.

Which is odd, because the genuine document was supposedly written in 1973, long before Word existed. Did the military routinely use proportional width typewriters with Times New Roman font and support for superscripts? Did military typists just happen to use the same default layout as Word?

Another document supposedly written in 1972 also appears to have a Word-like layout.

(Hint to document forgers: use Courier New.)

(Oh, and even if the documents are genuine, he still failed to carry out a direct order and dropped out.)

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