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If The Dallas Morning News is to be believed the "Killian memos" acquired by CBS are forgeries, but they're also essentially accurate -- reproductions of documents that actually do (or did) exist and are now for some reason unavailable. If so, then we may have an even clearer example of a Gettier case on our side, since Brian Weatherson, who has some experience in such things thanks to his advocacy of the unpopular view that the Gettier Problem isn't a problem, says my original example was no good.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Beyerstein applies the hermeneutics of suspicion and suggests that in light of the many faux debunking of the Killian memos we should believe The Washington Post either just because we liberal bloggers may be poorly situated to evaluate claims about jargon used by the Texas Air National Guard. A semi-fair point. The fairest point of all, I think, is the one I keep making. Nothing important about Bush's National Guard record hinges on the accuracy of those memos. He had strings pulled on his behalf to get into the Guard to avoid service in a war he supported, served dishonorably, and then lied later about his service. In the greater scheme of things this record is pretty trivial, and the Killian memos are a trivial sub-element of it.

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