Thursday, January 24, 2008

935 lies

By Michael J.W. Stickings

WaPo's Froomkin:

A nonprofit group pursuing old-fashioned accountability journalism is out with a new report and database documenting 935 false statements by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials hyping the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the two years after Sept. 11, 2001.

The Center for Public Integrity reports that its "exhaustive examination of the record shows 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 database also documents how Bush and others had reason to know, or at least suspect, what they were saying was not supported by the facts.

Make sure to read the CPI report. We know the warmongers lied -- but now we know with precision when and how often they did. It was indeed "orchestrated deception" on a massive scale.

And check out this revealing graphic:

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