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Wednesday, January 23

Study: False statements preceded war

From : "Study: False statements preceded war"
The study is at the Center for Public Integrity.
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.

The center said the study was based on a database created with public statements over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews.

"The cumulative effect of these false statements — amplified by thousands of news stories and broadcasts — was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost impenetrable din for several critical months in the run-up to war," the study concluded.

"Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, 'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false statements about Iraq," it said.

Well you already knew that he was lying and evil piece of excrement, but like me, you probably lost count of all the lies. It wasn't like anyone was paying me to spend time keeping meticulous records although I started back in 2002. So many people I knew and loved believed the lies. I wanted to be wrong actually. I don't like being the harbinger of doom and gloom at all. I was mad that I could see through the lies like most of you were. You start to think you're crazy after a while and doubt yourself when the media was lying too. If you're lucky you managed to help a few people see the light and could feel less alone. The corporate media never questioned the lies. The corporate media just changed the reasons for the invasion and occupation of Iraq as the administration instructed them to do.


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