This summary of the memo authenticity debate is rather good, but it highlights quite well the questions that aren't being asked, the questions that no one in the media apparently can conceive of asking.
Number one, Bobby Hodges. When first we heard of Hodges' connection to this story, he was saying that the memos contained "the things that Killian had expressed to me at the time." Now he's saying he thought the documents were handwritten and he believes them to be fake.
But believing the documents to be fake doesn't negate his first statement. Fake or not, they reflected Killian's stated opinion at the time. No one is pressing Hodges on this point.
The question to be asked, oh ye with access, is this: Mr. Hodges, fake or not, you confirmed the contents of the article as Killian's expressed opinion to you at the time. Does that confirmation still stand?
Number two, Killian's family. Marjorie Connell, Killian's widow, says the records are a farce, because he didn't keep files and considered Bush an excellent pilot. "He was not a paper person," says Mrs. Connell.
Yet there is a signature and several initials of Killian on these memos. Has anyone ever asked Mrs. Connnell or Gary Killian, Killian's son, to look at the signature and verify whether it's Killian's? She must be able to recognize the signature one way or the other.
The question to be asked is: Mrs. Connell, you've had a chance to look at the signature on these documents. Is that your late husband's signature?
Come on, mainstream media. These questions aren't hard.
BTW: Marjorie's current husband, Ed, is quoted in the USAToday article:
He said his wife has told him that Killian "pretty well kept work separate from home" and did not bring home paperwork or talk much about what went on at the base.Meaning that she isn't in a position to deny or confirm what Killian may have done on the base.