Wednesday, October 15, 2003

SADDAM DESERVES AN APOLOGY

At least that's what most media outlets would make you think:

“Tonight, the man in charge of finding those weapons in Iraq, David Kay, went before Congress and said so far he has come up dry: no weapons, no mobile labs, no nuclear weapons or even an advanced program.”
– NBC’s Tom Brokaw on the October 2 Nightly News.

“Tonight in a new poll, the American people indicate declining confidence in President Bush on the economy and Iraq. Weapons of mass destruction search comes up empty, but the hunt goes on.”
– Dan Rather on the October 2 CBS Evening News.

“The government’s top weapons inspector says no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. The Bush administration says it needs $600 million more to look.”
– Peter Jennings on World News Tonight, October 2.

“Where are Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? The search has gone on for months now, and a forthcoming report from the CIA’s chief weapons hunter, David Kay, says nothing significant has been found.”
– Dan Rather on the September 25 CBS Evening News.

“The first progress report on the hunt for chemical and biological weapons has been leaking out. We’ve had some of it before. It shows very little progress.”
– Peter Jennings on ABC’s World News Tonight, Sept. 25.

Reality Check:

“I’m amazed at what was powerful information about both their intent and their actual activities that were not known and were hidden from UN inspectors seems not to have made it to the press. This is information that, had it been available last year, would have been headline news.”
– David Kay, describing the findings of his interim report, on Fox News Sunday, October 5.


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