If any of the WMD WE GAVE Saddam do
appear, it will be because they have been planted. Pure and simple.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et. al should be IMPEACHED!
Getting away with murder (literally): Presidential lying, journalistic malfeasance, and the manipulation of public opinion
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copyright Robert Jensen 2004
[a talk given to “The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric” conference, held in the George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University,
March 6, 2004]
by Robert Jensen
Because these days George W. Bush has become such a polarizing figure -- folks seem to either love him or hate him -- I will avoid subjective comments
about the president or any political personalities, Republican, Democrat, or Other. I will avoid tendentious claims and formulate arguments in their
most conservative form, looking for points on which there can be the widest possible agreement. I want this to be a big-tent kind of talk. I will
stick to uncontroversial facts and relatively uncontroversial interpretations on which there is a broad consensus around the world. From those, I will
make two arguments, one about the Iraq War and another about journalists’ performance (focusing on the period before the war).
Argument #1: George W. Bush and other top U.S. leaders involved in planning and executing the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq are guilty of crimes against
Argument #2: The mainstream commercial U.S. news media was professionally negligent and therefore complicit in those crimes. By abandoning their role
as an independent, critical force, journalists helped shape U.S. public opinion in a way that allowed the Bush administration, with significant
support among Democrats, to conduct the war without serious challenge domestically.