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Patrick S. Lasswell Look outward for something to accomplish, not inward for something to despise.
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Sunday, September 12, 2004
From Here to eForgery

One of the guys who wrote the book on computer typography, Dr. Joseph M. Newcomer, has weighed in. The CBS memos are a fraud.

The probability that any technology in existence in 1972 would be capable of producing a document that is nearly pixel-compatible with Microsoft’s Times New Roman font and the formatting of Microsoft Word, and that such technology was in casual use at the Texas Air National Guard, is so vanishingly small as to be indistinguishable from zero.

Of special note is the pseudo-kerning of the letter combination of "fr" not found on any typewriter or typesetter, but standard on current versions of MS Word:

The “r” is tucked under the “f” in the same way a Microsoft font does it. In 1972, technology available in the office, including proportional typewriters, could not do this. So it is clear that the only way this document could have been done is using a modern computer font, and the placement is pixelwise identical to Microsoft’s Times New Roman.

It looks like Dan Rather is going to go down in flames over this massive lapse in ethics. Goody.
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