Haileygate – Peer Review

Peer review is a time honored tradition in academia. In my conversation with Dr. Newcomer he reminded me that true scientific study requires (actually demands) that when a researcher publishes their findings they must do so in a manner and form that their results can be replicated by any other scientist. He used an example of someone who claimed to have discovered an new element, and was forced to re-examine his findings when others could not replicate his results. He found that a small error in the sequence had lead to what appeared to be a new element when it was actually an already known one. The key point is that this peer review process was not complete and his findings were not accepted until AFTER others, following his documented methods, could replicate his results.

On the subject of the CBS memos, Charles Johnson at LGF laid the foundation for the debunking of the CBS memos by providing instructions and visuals of retyping one of the memos in Microsoft Word, then overlaying the output onto the CBS memo. This procedure has been peer reviewed thousands of times in thousands of locations. It works every time.

Hailey’s comparison document was created with sophisticated software (Photoshop), not with a typewriter. If you remember the movie “A Beautiful Mind” where Russell Crowe’s character spends hours cutting letters and words out of magazines and newspapers that would give you an idea of the methods Hailey claims to have employed. In creating his comparison document, Hailey essentially “cut and pasted” the “th” from the CBS document and dropped it into his computer generated comparison document. The exact method to replicate his results is not documented.

Comparison

Hailey has proved that he (and he alone) using sophisticated computer software like Photoshop can generate something that looks fairly similar to the CBS documents. At no time does he ever employ a typewriter in asserting that the memos were written on a typewriter.

LGF proved that any novice equipped with the world’s most popular word processing program can generate something that is virtually indistinguishable from the CBS documents in a manner of minutes.

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  1. nobody October 3, 2004
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