Saturday, May 21, 2005

Deliberate Deception--Bush & Iraq: How Much More Evidence is Needed?

Deliberate Deception—Bush & Iraq: How Much More Evidence is Needed?
By: Jack Dalton

That the single most serious decision which anyone calling them self the president can make is the decision to go to war, is beyond question. That George W. Bush & Company were formulating plans to invade Iraq even prior to 9/11 is also beyond question; at least for those willing to spend the time looking at the wide body of available evidence.

Paul O’Neill, who was Secretary of the Treasury until Bush replaced him, was very clear when he stated that invading Iraq was on the table from the first day Bush took office. Richard Clarke who was the “Terrorism Czar” was also replaced by Bush. Writing in his book, “Against All Enemies” he is very clear in explaining how the only thing Bush wanted to discuss, or hear, was invading Iraq.

The recent articles by Juan Cole, “The Lie That Led to War” and Robert Parry’s article, “For Bush, Iraq Lies are Fundamental” detailing the trail of BushCo deceptions that ultimate led to this war of choice and the slaughter of over 100,000 Iraqi’s with untold wounded in mind and body; as well as over 1800 Americans dead and up to 85,000 seeking medical care—these are numbers far in excess of what the Pentagon is reporting.

None of this is new information. What is new are the memos recently released which give additional confirmation to the simple fact, Bush & Co wanted to invade Iraq and nothing was going to stop them.

The Downing Street Memo, recently leaked, reveals that President George W. Bush decided to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in summer 2002 and—determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policies—"fixed" the intelligence and facts relevant to WMD.” To date, three weeks after the release and confirmation of the memos, the media, especially broadcast media, has been silent!

It never ceases to amaze me what broadcast media in the U.S. considers “news-worthy” and what is not; what the public should be informed about and what the public does not need to know. We were lied into war and the media is complicit in this criminal enterprise know as the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, has one of the best and most complete analyses on the “Smoking Gun Memo” and the lack of media attention in this nation. Instead of properly informing us, the people of this nation, print and broadcast media have become nothing more than mouth-pieces for Bush and “The New World Order” as articulated by groups such as the Project for the New American Century and the American Enterprise Institute.

I’ve left the entirety of the FAIR report and call to take action here rather than just provide the link, which is above. Information to enable you to contact various media outlets are provided at the conclusion of this. Remember that the “greatest sedition is silence.” Join with me and do “not go quietly into that good night…” as our continued silence and inactivity will surely be the death of us all.

FAIR ACTION ALERT:

Network Viewers Still in the Dark on "Smoking Gun Memo"Print media continue to downplay story

May 20, 2005 Following FAIR's call for more mainstream coverage of the "smoking gun memo"--the secret British document containing new evidence that the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to justify its plan to invade Iraq--a steady trickle of news reports have appeared. But that coverage has been downplayed in general and is still completely absent from the nightly news. The Los Angeles Times published a page 3 story on the memo on May 12, and the Washington Post ran a page 18 story the following day. More than two weeks after the story broke in the Sunday Times of London (5/1/05), it finally made the front page of a major U.S. newspaper, the Chicago Tribune (5/17/05).
After referring to the memo (5/2/05) in a story on the British electoral campaign, the New York Times failed to report on the document's implications about the Bush administration until today (5/20/05); the one-column story didn't mention the manipulation of intelligence until the eighth paragraph. (Times columnist Paul Krugman also discussed the memo on the paper's opinion page on May 16.)

The Washington Post's ombudsman, Michael Getler, who the previous week (5/8/05) had mentioned reader complaints about the Post's lack of memo coverage without evaluating their substance, revisited the issue with a much more critical eye in his most recent column (5/15/05). (The ombud gave back-handed credit to FAIR and the group Media Matters for America--both "self-described media watchdog organizations"--for prompting him to delve into the story.) Getler wrote that Post editors initially told him they didn't pursue the story because they were "tied up with election coverage"--this despite the fact that the leaked memo became a major election story in Britain and likely contributed to Tony Blair's weak returns. When he questioned them again after the email campaign, Getler wrote, "editors agreed that this story should be covered and said they were going to go back and do that"; the Post's May 13 story followed. Getler called investigation of the memo's conclusions "journalistically mandatory" and suggested that the Post story should have been placed on the front page.

While the memo has begun to get wider coverage in print, broadcasters have maintained a near silence on the issue. The story has turned up in a few short CNN segments (Crossfire, 5/13/05; Live Sunday, 5/15/05; Wolf Blitzer Reports, 5/16/05), but the only mention of the memo FAIR found on the major broadcast networks came on ABC's Sunday morning show This Week (5/15/05), in which host George Stephanopoulos questioned Sen. John McCain about its contents. When McCain declared that he didn't "agree with it" and defended the Bush administration's decision to go to war, Stephanopoulos didn't question him further. A look at the nightly news reveals not a single story aired about the memo and its implications.

When finally questioned by CNN (5/16/05), White House press secretary Scott McClellan claimed he hadn't seen the memo, but that "the reports" about it were "flat-out wrong." British government officials, however, did not dispute the contents of the memo--which can be read in full online at http://downingstreetmemo.com/ --and a former senior American official called it "an absolutely accurate description of what transpired" (Knight Ridder, 5/6/05). The Chicago Tribune (5/17/05) named several factors that had caused a "less than robust discussion" of the smoking gun memo: Aside from the White House's denials, and the media's slow reaction, the paper asserted that "the public generally seems indifferent to the issue or unwilling to rehash the bitter prewar debate over the reasons for the war." Of course, it's hard to judge the public's interest in a story the media have largely shielded them from.

ACTION:Please contact the nightly news programs and ask them to investigate and report on the new evidence that the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to support its plan to invade Iraq.

CONTACT: ABC World News TonightPhone: 212-456-4040 mailto:PeterJennings@abcnews.com

CBS Evening NewsPhone: 212-975-3691mailto:evening@cbsnews.com

NBC Nightly NewsPhone: 212-664-4971mailto:nightly@nbc.com

PBS NewsHour with Jim LehrerPhone: 703-739-5000 mailto:newshour@pbs.org

2 Comments:

Blogger doriscolmes said...

Am urging all who have read this to contact every one of the links provided at end of article. (Just did that, and it took only a very short amount of time).
If we do not let our media sources know that we are quite painfully aware of the degree to which important information is routinely hidden from us, and that we understand the political ramifications of this strategy, it will just continue and continue and continue to happen.
It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to take action in this regard, in order to make the media -- and the corporations which back the media and are working hand-in-hand with the current administration -- understand that we are NOT what Noam Chomsky calls "The Moveable Herd."
What happens in this country, and what happens to us as individuals is the individaul's responsibility.
Those who choose to remain passive while their individual rights and their individaul access to information are tampered with must not complain about it.
Only together, as a voting bloc and as indignant protestors against fascist media censorship, will we make positive changes possible.
So, take a moment, write to the media, and tell 'em that you're gonna watch BBC and read the Manchester Guardian, unless...
Jack sez "Silence is the greatest sedition." Elie Wiesel sez, "The greatest sin is indifference."
They are both correct.

Sun May 22, 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It a long time since I read the referenced Sinclair Lewis book, but I believe that he said that "when Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in thre flag and carrying a cross". If my memory is correct, trhis is a frightening prediction.

Wed May 25, 05:00:00 PM  

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