WaPo Reporter Caught Lying

12 04 2006

So the WaPo is trading an eye for eye…with The President. That’s nice.

After President Bush authorized declassifying information to defend his administration, the Washinton Post dug up some classified intel of its own and released it on page 1 today:

On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. and Kurdish troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile “biological laboratories.” He declared, “We have found the weapons of mass destruction.”

The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.

A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq — not made public until now — had already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president’s statement.

The way the piece reads, it appears that now liberals have back-up to claims that the war in Iraq was began because Bush “felt like it.” And there were no WMD’s.

But the author, Joby Warrick, is misleading readers and, typical of his media collegues, not telling the whole story.

But Mr. Warrick is a clever individual. While he highlights a “unanimous decision” by the civilian team, he buries the part about the two military teams that had opposing findings, a dozen paragraphs deep:

Two teams of military experts who viewed the trailers soon after their discovery concluded that the facilities were weapons labs, a finding that strongly influenced views of intelligence officials in Washington, the analysts said. “It was hotly debated, and there were experts making arguments on both sides,” said one former senior official who spoke on the condition that he not be identified.

Credit Mr. Warrick in the above paragraph, for here, he provides “balance” by adding, as the last sentence, a little disclaimer for the truth…and of course its anonymous. One wonders if it even exists.

The true facts are that one out of three teams came to a unanimous decision, within their own team. The obscurly mentioned and majority military teams had opposing decisions, but the WaPo, whose editors let this one get by them, is intentionally deceiving readers.

Others: Junkyard Blog, Confederate Yankee

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12 04 2006
Anonymous

Did you bother to read the piece ? Can you read ? The civilian team was called in to basically give the final definitive answer because they were the experts in this area. And they said no, unanimously.

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