MWM: This study, described below, could have been performed monthly during the time under question by diligent organizations guarding the true common interest of the people, as indeed is being done now as related to Iran by many Iway groups. I guess it is kind of nice to have numbers to use but they are hardly necessary. Cornplanter correctly points to our collective dilemma: the 2008 candidates are totally avoiding the issue of the massive political dishonesty and shame in which the American people find themselves mired as a result of this collective abuse. No significant change in this people and their practices are possible UNTIL this central psychological issue is brought front and center and expurged through real acts. The abuse cannot be really stopped until it is all hung out for everyone to see. The NY Media Warlocks are attempting to repress this from happening through denial and distraction and they appear to have entrained the candidates into using the greatest mechanism of repression: raking fears about economic security.
I am afraid they are going to succeed on this go-round.
From: --- cornplanter
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 21:53:42 -0700
Subject: [phoenix-quest] Yahoo! ran this AP story:
We all know the lies were knowingly distributed to the media and the
world.... but this is the first time I have seen it "matter-of-factly"
set forth by the very media which has supported the Bush Iraq Campaign
and promoted the criminals in power.
I see no politician in position to win the US presidency who will
back-track on the lies and do anything to change things, except a
couple of candidates who are being "censored" by the media and kept as
much as possible from getting favorable or any coverage.
Study: False statements preceded war
By DOUGLAS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - 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.
The study concluded that the 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."
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public
Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of
the study Tuesday night but reiterated the administration's position
that the world community viewed Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, as a
"The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of
intelligence agencies around the world," Stanzel said.
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."
Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the
administration during the period studied: Vice President Dick Cheney,
national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and
Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study
found. That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida.
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.