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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Did the KosKiddies channel Dan Rather?

We don't often talk about the KosKiddies. It's not really worth it. They're the basest of the liberalus barkatus moonbatus (my personal species name for the barking moonbats on the Left; it's OK, you can borrow it if you want, just make sure you attribute it appropriately), and generally offer nothing substantive in the daily debate other than accusing the Right of some nefarious new scheme. But the hobo-stomping Ace took note of a new blogger over at TownHall that just may have uncovered a Rather-esque scandal at the Kos Kiddies sandbox. Polarik at The Greater Evil asks if the birth certificate posted by the KosKiddies -- supposedly given to them by Barack Obama -- is a forgery:

The Daily Kos blog has posted a JPG that allegedly is Barack Obama's "Certificate of Birth." From a detailed analysis of the image and the text, it looks like it was created by a graphics program, and is not a true copy of an original, certified document.

I've been working with computers, printers, and typewriters for over 20 years, and given a set of printed letters, I can discern what kind of device made them. Printer output is quite different from the text created by a graphics program, and even if a document looks "official," it may not be.

The "Certificate of Birth," which I will call "COB," is posted on the Kos website as a color JPG. The reason for making it a color JPG, IMHO, is to induce the viewer to believe that this is a genuine copy of an original document -- something that a black & white, or even greyscale, reproduction would not convey as well.

Basically, anyone could have produced this document on his or her own computer, and I'll tell you why.

His explanation is spot-on, and he backs it up with images proving his point. If Obama did present this as his own, then he has some serious explaining to do. The images regarding the border are devastating, as is his analysis of the lettering and how they are blurred. To present as a counter-argument, he uses his own birth certificate (sans any revealing details) as proof that, at the very least, the certificate of birth is fishy. (Fishy my butt. It smells like diarrhea.)

Go read the whole thing. Trust me, this smells so much like Rathergate it's pathetic. We figured after Rather got caught peddling phony documents, and after the Reuters Fauxtography scandal in 2006 that people would just knock this off. Guess the KosKiddies didn't learn that lesson. And why should they, right? After all, it's the vaunted DailyKos whose traffic each day crushes sites like this one.

::YAWN:: We didn't start blogging for a buttload of traffic. We didn't start blogging because of advertising. We started blogging because we wanted other people to know we shared similar views, that we were smarter than the average bear, and we could hold our own when it came to observations about politics and current events. I'm sure that Kos probably started his for similar reasons, but lately they've become a grass-roots fever-swamp of political snarkiness that that all the junior K-boys out there strive to be a part of. In fact they do it daily, in the chatroom I park in at the end of a long day, and spout talking points that are years old. (The equivalent of telling an unfunny joke you've been reciting for years. Yes, the chicken DID cross the road to get to the other side. Yeah, I got that the first 100 times you told it.)

So if this is true, and the KosKiddies did this, they've got some serious explaining to do, or be held in contempt, like we do with the rest of the intellectually-dishonest Left. The same goes for Obama, provided their story that he passed it off to them is true. In fact, if he did have IT guys put this together to fool people, he should be hounded out of this right now for his dishonesty. We don't know what the real story is. The KosKids claim he gave it to them, and Obama has been eerily silent on the matter. More is sure to come out on this. But definitely check out Polarik's analysis.

Publius II

ADDENDUM: Marcie posits the following question: "If Kos did do this, and Obama had nothing to do with it, how long will it be before Obama throws Kos under the bus?" After all, Obama has blogged there, and there are many people in Obama's past that weren't the same people he knew "20 years ago."


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