May 3, 2004

Brainsuckers

I end up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because they’re more accurate in my experience, in those events that I’m personally involved in, than many of the other outlets.” - Dick Cheney

On the other hand…

A just-released report by the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy (PIPA) finds a majority of respondents have mis-perceptions about the war. […]
“The more closely you followed Fox, the more misperceptions you had,” said Clay Ramsay, PIPA research director. “No other news outlet came anywhere near that.”

So, what does it mean that Cheney would like you to watch a network that appears to correlate with believing things that plain weren’t true? Well, it should come as little surprise to us.

[Vice President Dick Cheney] said it was “not surprising” that many Americans drew a link between Mr. Hussein and 9/11. Asked if there was a connection, he replied, “We don’t know.”

But the administration does know, and Mr. Bush was forced to acknowledge it on Wednesday.

Of course, Mr. Cheney was not surprised that Americans had leapt to a conclusion. He was particularly enthusiastic in helping them do it. “Come back to 9/11 again,” Mr. Cheney said on Sept. 8, 2002, “and one of the real concerns about Saddam Hussein, as well, is his biological weapons capability.”

Mr. Cheney was careful then not to claim that any evidence really linked Mr. Hussein to the 2001 attacks. But he drew a convoluted argument about Mr. Hussein’s ties to Al Qaeda and suggested in closing that he was not telling all he knew because he did not want to reveal top secrets.

In case you missed when Bush declared there was no known link, you can catch it here.

Posted by James at May 3, 2004 1:58 PM
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There's also no known link between Dick Cheney and honesty or integrity either.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 3, 2004 2:35 PM

Bizarrely, the transcript posted at No. 10 Downing St. reads quite differently:

http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page1767.asp

QUESTION:

One question for you both. Do you believe that there is a link between Saddam Hussein, a direct link, and the men who attacked on 11 September?

PRESIDENT BUSH:

Make that plain.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 3, 2004 3:46 PM

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