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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 10:49 AM
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NYT on new Frank Rich book: How Bush admin created a false reality
Edited on Sat Sep-16-06 10:53 AM by gauguin57
NY Times tomorrow (Sunday) will review Frank Rich's new book "The Greatest Story Ever Sold," in which Rich takes on the Bush admin. and how it created a false reality with which to buffalo the American public re: Iraq, etc.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/17/books/review/Buruma.t...

"... As a former theater critic, Frank Rich has the perfect credentials for writing an account of the Bush administration, which has done so much to blur the lines between politics and show business...

"...Richs subject is the creation of false reality. ... (T)he point of Richs fine polemic is that the Bush administration has consistently lied about the reasons for going to war, about the way it was conducted and about the terrible consequences. Whatever the merits of removing a dictator, waging war under false pretenses is highly damaging to a democracy, especially when one of the ostensible aims is to spread democracy to others. If Rich is correct, which I think he is, the Bush administration has given hypocrisy a bad name. ...

"We now know that none of these claims, which together constituted the official reason for unleashing a war, were even remotely true. The later excuses about honest beliefs based on faulty intelligence would have been more convincing if a memo had not surfaced from the British government, quoting the head of British intelligence as saying that the Bush administration had made sure that the intelligence and facts about the W.M.D.s were being fixed around the policy of going to war. He said this in July 2002, eight months before the invasion of Iraq. Even without the memo, it has long been clear that some of the United States governments own analysts had cast severe doubts on the reasons for going to war.

"Yet and this is where Rich is particularly acute most serious papers published the White House claims on their front pages, and buried any doubts in small news items at the back. Political weeklies with a liberal pedigree, like The New Republic, fell in line with the neoconservative Weekly Standard, stating that the president would be guilty of surrender in the war on international terrorism should he fail to make an effort to topple Saddam Hussein. Bob Woodward, the scourge of the Nixon administration, wrote Bush at War, a book that seemed to take everything his White House sources told him at face value."

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 10:53 AM
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1. It has seemed like a dream to me
Edited on Sat Sep-16-06 10:53 AM by seemslikeadream
the last 5 years!
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cspanlovr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 11:30 AM
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4. More like night terrors to me.
:(
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 11:01 AM
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2. K & R!
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 11:20 AM
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3. Let's See...Rich Will Appear on The Daily Show, Democracy Now &
Edited on Sat Sep-16-06 11:21 AM by otohara
Al Franken's show. There will be no invite from Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, hello Katie??? After hearing Bill Mahers story about being asked to appear on the so-called "Free Speech" segment on CBS News, you know they won't be asking.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 02:23 PM
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5. Don't forget Countdown.
Rich sounds like a complete natural for Keith Olbermann.
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 08:17 PM
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6. What story did Maher have regarding the "free speech segment"?
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 11:03 PM
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8. Maher Said He Would Like To Talk About Religion
and CBS said that was not acceptable, and would send over a list of acceptable topics. He declined to appear. CBS has put the BS in "Free Speech"
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-17-06 02:53 PM
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10. DROP DEAD CBS!
"Free Speech" my ass! :mad:
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-16-06 08:18 PM
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7. Wolfie B may have in on though.
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-17-06 12:51 AM
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9. this sounds like an interesting read.
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