Reported Bush Lied â€˜Studyâ€™ Not Revealed as Funded By George Soros
By: Warner Todd Huston
Well, the AP has done it again. They have given us leftist propaganda and painted it as news. This time they have published the results of a â€œstudyâ€ that claims that â€œBush liedâ€ in the run up to the actions in Iraq and somehow the AP forgot to mention that the organization that released this study was funded by the extreme leftist George Soros who has spent billions funding the Democrat Party and many far left think tank and advocacy organizations. Yeah, THAT study is going to be legitimate!
This one may as well have been just a reprint of the press release of the Soros funded Center for Public Integrity, but the AP dressed it up as an actual story written by Douglass K. Daniel. Headlined â€œStudy: False statements preceded war,â€ the AP reveals how, â€œA 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
What AP forgets to mention is that the â€œtwo nonprofit journalism organizationsâ€ can hardly be imagined to be impartial. The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is funded by well-known leftist, George Soros, as well as the Streisand Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Los Angeles Times Foundation â€” all of which are exclusively left in political philosophy. Even more ridiculously, the second of these â€œnon-profit journalism organizationsâ€ shares most of its board members with the first. So, the
Fund for Independence in Journalism can hardly be considered a separate entity from the CPI.
The AP merely spews the claims form this study as if they are real news, but much of the APs story is disingenuous as is the â€œstudy.â€
â€œIt is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida,â€ according to Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism staff members, writing an overview of the study. â€œIn 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.â€
Two things here. First, few people now think Saddam had WMDs, of course. But nearly everyone thought he had them before we went into Iraq â€” including the leadership of every nation on the planet as well as Saddamâ€™s own generals. So, it was not a â€œlieâ€ if it was commonly thought to be true by nearly every head of state in the world. That saddam had WMDs may have been a mistaken notion, but it was not a lie before it was known for sure!
Secondly, it is interesting that this â€œstudyâ€ claims that Bush â€œliedâ€ about links with al-Qaida. Yet even they have to massage that claim of a lie into â€œmeaningful ties to al-Qaida.â€ This means that even they are admitting that there are ties with al-Qaida but that they arenâ€™t â€œmeaningful.â€
Does that mean the â€œlieâ€ is not that the ties exist but how â€œmeaningfulâ€ they are? Instead of a lie we are squabbling over semantics. In essence, Bush DIDNâ€™T lie about ties to al-Qaida, the is just a debate on how â€œmeaningfulâ€ those ties are.
In these very first two instances, Bushâ€™s â€œliesâ€ turn out not to be lies at all.
The New York Times also regurgitated this â€œstudyâ€ without bothering to disclose that it was funded by some very left agenda pushing folks, but the Times does have one interesting lineâ€¦
There is no startling new information in the archive, because all the documents have been published previously.
So, the question remains, why is this such big news, then? Why did the AP and the NYT rush to report a story that has â€œno startling new informationâ€ in it?
Was it just a new chance to say â€œBush lied, people diedâ€? It must be because there isnâ€™t any real news here.
Finally, it is also interesting to note that the database of â€œBush liesâ€ does not notate the context of those â€œlies.â€ How many of them were widely believed by Democrats and Republicans alike at the time, but were proven later to be less than true? A statement given that is thought to be true (even if it turns out untrue later) is not a lie. It is just mistaken!
Regardless, that neither the AP nor the NYT revealed the leftwardly, partisan financial backers of the so-called â€œnon-profit journalism organizationsâ€ behind this â€œstudyâ€ is unforgivable.
Now letâ€™s take a look at a video showing that Democrats, including Clinton Secretary of State Albright and presidential contenders Sens. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) expressed their belief before we went into Iraq that Saddam had WMDs and could use them:
So, where are the many stories that Clinton lied?
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Warner Todd Huston is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.