"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Queen of the Space Unicorns

According to the Independent Review Panel's report on the CBS Memogate scandal, Dan Rather "informed the Panel that he still believes the content of the documents is true because 'the facts are right on the money,' and that no one had provided persuasive evidence that the documents were not authentic."*

For the moment, let's leave aside this risible claim and refrain from pondering the credulity and self-delusion necessary to believe that 1970s-era typewriters could produce documents identical to those produced by the default settings of modern word processing programs. That just boggles the mind. The important thing to consider is this: No one has provided persuasive evidence that the documents are authentic. I wonder if Dan ever considered that.

*Highlighting the absurdity of Rather's "prove the negative" position, Jonah Goldberg points out that no one has provided persuasive evidence that Dan Rather is not "Queen of the Space Unicorns."