In this latest outbreak of "news," defined as whatever the Democrats think will gain them traction in the polls, the networks have portrayed their own biased pounding as a tornado of no particular origin. "The White House tried to lay to rest today the swirl of controversy over whether it knowingly put dubious intelligence into this year's State of the Union Address," reported Sunday anchor John Roberts. "But as Joie Chen reports, the issue refuses to go away," a self-fulfilling prophecy given that the Roberts and Chens of the media won't stop talking about it.
On NBC's "Today," Katie Couric publicized the latest ad from the McGovernites at MoveOn.org. It flashes the word LEADER in white across Bush's face, and then adds in red the prefix MIS. Couric noted helpfully to Tim Russert: "As we look at background video, Tim, of an ad that's being put out by a group called MoveOn. It was started by two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs frustrated by the political process. This drumbeat will be heard more and more loudly, don't you think, in the weeks to come?" It will if NBC peddles their Bush-the-Liar ad on the nation's leading morning show as the new trend, brought to you by idealistic, nonpartisan "entrepreneurs."
Lost in what they tout as "the daily drumbeat of media questions" is the State of the Union address in context. Put aside the uranium sentence, and remember some of the other remarks. Bush said the United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax. Saddam never accounted for that material or gave evidence he destroyed it. The U.N. also found that Saddam had materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin. These supplies could kill millions, but apparently neither the U.N. nor the liberal media found anything worth doing about it except multilateral can-kicking. If it weren't for leadership from Bush against an array of hostile nations and media organs, Saddam Hussein would be sitting in Baghdad, still threatening scientists until he could stick a dagger of potential mass murder into the backs of his enemies.
This whole charade is brought to you by the true clowns of false intelligence, the ones who went on television and predicted massive casualties, massive resistance by regular Iraqi citizens, chemical weapons attacks on our forces, a military "quagmire" without dislodging Saddam. Who are these people to criticize others for failing to report the whole picture with crystal-clear perfection?