Secretary: the memos "accurately reflect the viewpoints of Lt. Col. Killian"

They’ve found Killian’s secretary (86 years young). The headlines say that she called the memos “forgeries”. But here’s the rest of the story:

“The former secretary for the Texas Air National Guard colonel who supposedly authored memos critical of President Bush’s Guard service said Tuesday that the documents are fake, but that they reflect real documents that once existed….

Mrs. Knox, 86, who spoke with precise recollection about dates, people and events, said she is not a supporter of Mr. Bush, who she deemed “unfit for office” and “selected, not elected.”

“I remember very vividly when Bush was there and all the yak-yak that was going on about it,” she said…..

She said she did not recall typing the memos reported by CBS News, though she said they accurately reflect the viewpoints of Lt. Col. Killian and documents that would have been in the personal file. Also, she could not say whether the CBS documents corresponded memo for memo with that file.

“The information in here was correct, but it was picked up from the real ones,” she said….. “

Link, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 14 (registration required)

This whole story is a diversion which is sucking up air from the real issues. But the whole hysterical winger hooplah about the forgeries sure looks a lot less important now than it did yesterday.

And Dubya is the worst President since Franklin Pierce, and his Guard service was sub-minimal.

UPDATE: Kevin Drum has a different take on this. [75 words redacted in the cold light of dawn.] I do not understand why he chose to accept the Republican spin and to give the article a Republican edit. Bush is the story, not the memos.