Power Line has been raising questions about the Bush military records found by CBS, noting that the font spacing and formatting is highly suspect. The original documents can be seen here.
While it is possible than proportionally-spaced fonts were used in some memos, the formatting just so happens to be identical to a document produced in Microsoft Word right down to the line spacing and kerning. The chances of a document from the early 1970s matching a copy made in Word so exactly is exceptionally small. Especially the use of the superscript ‘th’ character which would have required a level of formatting that would not be present in a memo of this type.
Furthermore, the AP is once again running an inaccurate story claiming that the White House distributed two of the memos when in fact, as Kevin Drum fairly notes, the White House was merely using the same copies as CBS.
At this point the preponderance of evidence indicates that these memos are forgeries – and crude ones at that.
UPDATE: Bill at INDC Journal gets the opinion of a professional document analyst who indicates that the documents are quite likely to be forgeries. Given that several different people have been able to reproduce identical documents using Word, the forgery option now seems like the most likely scenario. The burden of proof now falls upon CBS to show evidence that could confirm their authenticity.
UPDATE: Sorry, I couldn’t resist this one: