A selection of headlines in my news aggregator this morning:
One of these things is not like the others.
(Also, what’s with the scare-quotes around “Isaac”?)
The AP reports:
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 article doesn’t say, but presumably the study was funded by the Center for Confirming the Obvious.
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.
This bit’s a bit surprising: I didn’t think Bush would be in first place, seeing as how he let others do most of the lying.
“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.
Okay, now can we impeach the bastards?