This Just In: George W. Bush is a Lying M#$%&$F#!$%&
If you have at least two brain cells to rub together, you’ve already known this since 2002 if not before.
For me that moment of clarity (or “DUUHH” moment, whatever you want to call it) occurred during the summer of 2002. The Enron and Harken (Bush’s former company) scandals were all over the headlines. Bush made a big show of signing an Enron-inspired reform bill. As soon as the ceremony was over, he quietly deleted a small part of the legislation (i.e. the teeth). And it was right then that the headlines unanimously switched from corporate sleaze to “Iraq Has Weapons of Mass Destruction” and “Saddam Hussein is Hitler.”
By then it was crystal clear to me that things weren’t as they seemed. But now it’s official. The Mainstream “Media” is now telling us what we've already known (here and here).
Well, it’s a start. Maybe this story will become even more mainstream and you'll see it in your favorite newspaper, right next to the usual headlines. “Britney Vomits On Lindsay, Grabs Kids, Crashes Car” — “George W. Bush Murdered Four Thousand American Soldiers.”
Two nonprofit journalism organizations have found that Bush and his puppetmasters issued hundreds of public false statements about Iraq between 2001 and 2003. All of these statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."
One of these organizations, the Center for Public Integrity, has this report posted at their website. The other group is the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
Two staff members of the Fund for Independence in Journalism said: "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."
The Bush Administration made a total of 935 false statements — in speeches, briefings, interviews — during this 2-year period. There were 532 statements claiming that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction and/or was closely tied with al Qaeda.
The people named in the study were: Bush, Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan.
Bush scored the highest with 259 lies. Colin Powell came in second with 244.
The study concluded with: "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. 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.”
cross-posted at Bring It On!