Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Here we go again

While the press virtually ignored the pro-life Roe versus Wade rally in DC yesterday they certainly didn't miss this Bush lied, people died story today:
A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks. "
So who are these people? Well, the first group, "the Center for Public Integrity" has a Wiki site, which says:
After starting out with headquarters in his home in Northern Virginia, Lewis began by securing funding and garnering support from a variety of a prominent public figures -- early advisers included Arthur Schlesinger Jr., James MacGregor Burns, James David Barber, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Father Theodore Hesburgh, Bill Kovach and Hodding Carter III.[2].
Schlesinger jumps out as does Hodding Carter. The former was an icon in journalism of course, but take a look at what his sons are known for:
His son, Stephen Schlesinger, is a social scientist, former director of the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York City and contributor to the Huffington Post; son Robert Schlesinger and stepson Peter Allan also blogged on Huffington Post, as did Arthur Schlesinger himself.
Alrighty, then. Keep in mind the New School was where Norman Hsu was stationed. As to Carter:
Hodding Carter, III (born April 7, 1935), is an American journalist and politician best known for his role as assistant secretary of state in the Jimmy Carter administration.
What about the other site. Yeah.

All circumstantial, of course. But this is the context the MSM will not provide because they think it's unprofessional unless the survey was done by a conservative think tank.

OK, with context established, what about the charges? Same ole same old? Pretty much. If one looks at the initial instance of Bush telling everyone there were WMDs as a deliberate deception, then everything becomes a lie:
The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.

"It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida," according to Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism staff members, writing an overview of the study. "In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
As if Saddam Hussein was some kind of marshmallow.

Truthfully, as long as the question remains unanswered as to why so many people now harping about no WMDs/lies had absolutely no problem believing it when told to them by the greatest president of all time and his subordinates this conundrum will never put entirely put to bed. In the meantime an election is approaching. The journalism only gets worse from here.

MORE 1/23/08

Ah yes, the man behind the curtain.

FINAL 1/23/08

If bloggers can Google this stuff in minutes why can't the AP or NYT? Really, is that too much to ask? Since they don't it certainly seems to point towards bias.

Don't misunderstand--the fact Soros and other liberals are behind these think tank reports doesn't automatically nullify their content but it does bring into question their objectivity, which is something the readers should be told. It's confusing, because conventional wisdom says the left is otherwise obsessed with transparency.

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