Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Study: False statements preceded war

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.

That the Bush administration lied profusely doesn't particularly bother me. What troubles me greatly is that we let ourselves fall for it.


Anonymous said...

What is disgusting about the whole Iraq fiasco is not so much the publics reaction to it but rather the slime bucket in office getting away with it. Public outcry or not, proof of deception, proof of war crimes, proof of total corruption, it appears that he will skate through his remaining days in office without the word impeachment even being uttered in his presence.

The fact that he "got away with it", slaughtered thousands for the old oil dogs and gets to spend a rosy retirement in Brazil on his new ranch is frankly just bizarre. The media played a HUGE roll in dodging that bullet for him. I would dare say that Americans in general have very little idea of just how tightly controlled their information flow is. Or rather, how deep the information state actually runs.


Anonymous said...

The media has been controlled by corporations for decades, even the BBC meters propaganda. Hell, it probably memes better than anyone else!

Besides, isn't Stalin the one who said that a well fed public causes no dissent?

Well, that's coming to an end, maybe people will wake from their hypnosis.