By the time she met up with the New York Times, Mrs. Knox had just about morphed into Lt. Col. Killian's old aide-de-camp. "We did discuss Bush's conduct and it was a problem Killian was concerned about," the former typist told the newspaper of record. Her bottom line: the CBS docs are fake but accurate. Indeed, the New York Times titled its story, "Memos on Bush Are Fake But Accurate, Typist Says."
The Times also interviewed David Van Os, a lawyer whose client, Bill Burkett, is strongly suspected of being the source of the CBS memos. Councilor Van Os had this to say about fakery and accuracy: "If someone in the year 2004 had prepared on a word processor replicas of documents that they believed had existed in 1972 or 1973 ? which Bill Burkett has absolutely not done," he added ? "what difference would it make?"
What difference would it make? Truth, proof and the rules of evidence aren't faring too well when an actual lawyer needs reminding that passing phony government documents ? even "replicas" ? as the real McCoy is rather widely considered fraud. Which is a crime. But maybe things have to get worse before they get better. According to the Los Angeles Times editorial page, "CBS' real error was trying to prove a point that really didn't need to be proved." In other words, the media don't need fakes or replicas in order to be accurate. Just take our word.
Huh? Guess we'll just have to take Dan's word for it. And why not ? This is CBS News: Fake but accurate.