Art of Forgery -- Revisited

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The guys at Powerline highlighted an amusing article in today's New York Post on the buzzing memogate scandal that has become more controversial than Bush's National Guard service, the issue CBS was either trying to report or exploit before it blew up in their face.

A master forger-turned-crimebuster who has taken a look at CBS anchor Dan Rather's documents about President Bush's National Guard service says they're such obvious fakes that they're a joke.

Ex-forger Frank Abagnale — played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie "Catch Me If You Can" — scoffed: "If my forgeries looked as bad as the CBS documents, it would have been, 'Catch Me In Two Days.'"

In a note of disclosure, Mr. Abagnale never saw the actual documents because CBS won't release them. His assumptions are purely based on what he's seen on TV, but still, the article is a funny read.

Those interested in the art of forgery should check out Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can," a light and funny drama based on a true story I highly recommend. I gave the film a B+ when I reviewed it two years ago saying this movie had to be based on a true story because the events are too far-fetched to be contrived in a fictional screenplay.