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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:35 PM
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23. The Big Lie & The Reign of Error
If we can get the Congress into DEM hands, we will be able to investigate these liars, thieves, gangsters, mass-murderers and warmongers.

Honest investigations will reveal the traitors. That requires the truth.

The Reign of Error

by Paul Krugman
The New York Times, July 28, 2006

Amid everything else thats going wrong in the world, heres one more piece of depressing news: a few days ago the Harris Poll reported that 50 percent of Americans now believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when we invaded, up from 36 percent in February 2005. Meanwhile, 64 percent still believe that Saddam had strong links with Al Qaeda.

At one level, this shouldnt be all that surprising. The people now running America never accept inconvenient truths. Long after facts they dont like have been established, whether its the absence of any wrongdoing by the Clintons in the Whitewater affair or the absence of W.M.D. in Iraq, the propaganda machine that supports the current administration is still at work, seeking to flush those facts down the memory hole.

But its dismaying to realize that the machine remains so effective.

Heres how the process works.

First, if the facts fail to support the administration position on an issue stem cells, global warming, tax cuts, income inequality, Iraq officials refuse to acknowledge the facts.

Sometimes the officials simply lie. The tax cuts have made the tax code more progressive and reduced income inequality, Edward Lazear, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, declared a couple of months ago. More often, however, they bob and weave.

Consider, for example, Condoleezza Rices response a few months ago, when pressed to explain why the administration always links the Iraq war to 9/11. She admitted that Saddam, as far as we know, did not order Sept. 11, may not have even known of Sept. 11. (Notice how her statement, while literally true, nonetheless seems to imply both that its still possible that Saddam ordered 9/11, and that he probably did know about it.) But, she went on, thats a very narrow definition of what caused Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, apparatchiks in the media spread disinformation. Its hard to imagine what the world looks like to the large number of Americans who get their news by watching Fox and listening to Rush Limbaugh, but I get a pretty good sense from my mailbag.


Thanks for the kick, opihimoimoi!

Most importantly: Truly good to read ya, Opi. Been missing my Brud'.
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