Friday, June 17, 2005

AP still slanting their stories - Democrats & the Downing Street Memo

The AP is carrying this story wherein Congressman John Conyers wants hearings into the "Downing Street Memo" which, he and his Democrat allies claim, shows that the Bush administration intentionally distorted intel in the run-up to the Iraq invasion. (If you're interested in that memo, I direct you to Power Line which not only produces the memo in its entirety but shows why it's not the "smoking gun" Conyers is depending on it to be.) I find it almost laughable that the story relies quite heavily on the commentary of a man who's been pretty much shown to be a liar:

::::::::Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who advised the Bush administration in 2002 that Saddam Hussein had not tried to buy a certain kind of uranium from Africa, said Conyers' hearing was important.

"We are having this discussion today because we failed to have it three years ago when we went to war," Wilson said.

"It used to be said that democracies were difficult to mobilize for war precisely because of the debate required," and the lack of debate in this case allowed the war to happen, he said.

Wilson wrote a 2003 newspaper opinion piece criticizing the Bush administration's claim that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger. After the piece appeared someone in the Bush administration leaked the identity of Wilson's wife as a CIA operative, exposing her cover.

The fact of the matter is that Wilson said he advised the Bush adminstration that the uranium buy hadn't occured. His report, on the other hand, was reviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee and they found that his report to the administration strengthened the conclusion that the attempted by had, indeed, happened. And they're still peddling the story about the administration leaking his wife's ID, mentioned in the above story as a fact, not an allegation in spite of that same investigation showing no evidence of that at all. When the media continues to push their story, facts be damned, and leave off the part about investigations showing otherwise, it's no wonder the public's view on the progress in the war on terror is skewed. I shake my head constantly, these days, when I watch or listen to the MSM news and I wonder how anyone can believe a word they're saying. Then I recall that although millions of people read blogs, many, many more millions don't. The MSM is the only news they have and that's the information they must form their opinions with. Poor souls...