With the mainstream media's (MSM's) co-conspiratorial role in highlighting the bad news, suppressing the good news and repeating the Democrats' propaganda, it's no wonder a large chunk of the American people have bought into the Democrats' revisionist history of the Iraq War.
NBC's Tim Russert, who is far from the most administration-unfriendly member of the MSM, gave a seminar on liberal media bias with his interview of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Sunday on "Meet the Press."
Russert said that when the war began in March 2003, 70 percent of the public approved of how President Bush was handling the war, but now only 32 percent approve. "What happened?" asked Russert.
When Dr. Rice responded that it is discouraging for Americans to see violence on their TV screens day in and day out, but harder to see the "quiet progress on the political front," Russert wasn't satisfied. He then launched into the Democrats' talking points.
"But it's more than just seeing violence on the screen," said Russert. Would you not agree … that Americans… have seen some misjudgments: no weapons of mass destruction, a misreading of the level, intensity of the insurrection, whether we'd be greeted as liberators, sectarian violence, cost of the war?
Russert also quoted, approvingly, from the British magazine "The Economist," which wrote, "Mr. Bush … oversold the pre-war intelligence on Iraq … [and] betrayed America's own principles in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib."
Russert clearly wasn't just playing the devil's advocate. He didn't present these charges against Bush as debatable perceptions, or opinions, but objective facts, the most egregious being that Bush oversold the case for WMD.
Russert did not say, "I realize that all the foreign intelligence agencies for all other major countries unanimously agreed with our assessment of Iraqi WMD, that the CIA told President Bush that the WMD case against Saddam was "a slam dunk," that bipartisan investigative commissions concluded that President Bush had not pressured the intelligence agencies to exaggerate their intelligence, that Saddam was violating the Gulf War treaties and U.N. resolutions, that Saddam was shooting at our planes in the no-fly zones, that Saddam was openly defying U.N. weapons inspectors and that he was behaving as though he had something to hide."
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