by John Hawkins | April 27, 2005 5:05 pm
“The only plausible reason for keeping American troops in Iraq is to protect the democratic transformation that President Bush seized upon as a rationale for the invasion after his claims about weapons of mass destruction turned out to be fictitious. If that transformation is now allowed to run off the rails, the new rationale could prove to be as hollow as the original one.” — New York Times
First of all, if Bush’s claim that there were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq wasn’t just wrong, if it was a lie, if it was “fictitious,” then when will the Times uncover the vast conspiracy that must exist to explain why Democrats like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Robert Byrd, & Ted Kennedy — among many others with access to data from our intelligence agencies — came to exactly the same conclusion about Saddam’s WMDs?
While they’re at it, perhaps they can explain this February 27, 2003 quote from their own editorial board which refutes the revisionist idea that Bush started talking about Democracy in Iraq only after the WMDs didn’t turn up:
“President Bush sketched an expansive vision last night of what he expects to accomplish by a war in Iraq. Instead of focusing on eliminating weapons of mass destruction, or reducing the threat of terror to the United States, Mr. Bush talked about establishing a ”free and peaceful Iraq”…”
In a recent column, William Raspberry worried about Fox news reducing people’s confidence in the rest of the MSM and opined that:
” As a friend remarked recently, time was when if you found it in the New York Times, that settled the bar bet and the other guy paid off. But if the Times and The Post or any other mainstream news outlet — including the major networks — come to be seen as the left-of-center counterparts of Fox News Channel, why would anyone accept them as authoritative sources of truth?”
It isn’t Fox News that’s killing the credibility of papers like the Times, it’s the liberal bias and dishonest spin — that you see day in and day out in the Times and all around the MSM — that has and will continue to undermine the public’s trust in their accuracy.
Hat tip to Instapundit for the New York Times quotes.
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