Friday, February 06, 2004

AP Spinning
I read this major AP story when it came out and I thought its lead was pretty sketchy.

Intelligence analysts never told President Bush before the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein's rule posed an imminent threat, CIA Director George Tenet said Thursday in a heated defense of agency findings central to the decision to go to war. The urgency of the Iraqi threat was Bush's main argument for the war.

To me, the political (as opposed to intelligence) meat of Tenet's speech was that there was no false claim of an imminent threat, because there was no claim of an imminent threat at all. However, the AP chose to go with this "urgency" word, which is less wrong than "imminent" but still not what the President said. Today, I learned from Glenn Reynolds, that the AP is even more underhanded than I realized. That first version was posted at 11:24 PM, but if you go back to 12:13 PM, they just go with the out-and-out lie version of their story.

In his first public defense of prewar intelligence, CIA Director George Tenet said Thursday that U.S. analysts had never claimed Iraq was an imminent threat, the main argument used by President Bush for going to war.

This is indefensible, especially after so many months.

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