Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Pajama Game

You may have noticed that suddenly there are a lot of in-jokes in blogs about pajamas being the attire of choice when blogging. John Fund explains:

A watershed media moment occurred Friday on Fox News Channel, when Jonathan Klein, a former executive vice president of CBS News who oversaw "60 Minutes," debated Stephen Hayes, a writer for The Weekly Standard, on the documents CBS used to raise questions about George W. Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service.

Mr. Klein dismissed the bloggers who are raising questions about the authenticity of the memos: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."

He will regret that snide disparagement of the bloggers, many of whom are skilled lawyers or have backgrounds in military intelligence or typeface design. A growing number of design and document experts say they are certain or almost certain the memos on which CBS relied are forgeries.

Stephen Hayes' article in the Sept 20 issue of The Weekly Standard is "Rather Biased". It recaps the developing story and the bloggers' central role.