Skip to comments.Post gets it all wrong in Page One headline
Posted on 10/09/2004 4:29:59 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
The Washington Post yesterday said a quotation used in its lead Page One headline in Thursday's paper -- that the United States got it "almost all wrong" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- was not new and was incorrectly attributed to the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq.
In an article on Thursday, The Post identified Charles A. Duelfer, whom the Bush administration picked to complete a U.S. investigation of Iraq's weapons programs, as the source of that remark.
The dispatch by Dana Priest and Walter Pincus reported that Mr. Duelfer, chairman of the CIA's Iraq Survey Group, told a Senate panel on Wednesday: "We were almost all wrong [about Iraq]."
In a correction printed yesterday on Page A2, The Post said: "The statement, 'We were almost all wrong.' was actually made by Duelfer's predecessor, David Kay, at a Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 28."
However, many newspapers, including The Post, devoted less attention to the first line of the report's Key Findings summary. The summary said Saddam "wanted to end sanctions while preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction when sanctions were lifted." The report said Saddam was working secretly to restore Iraq's ability to produce WMD.
The report concluded that Saddam remained a threat. Mr. Felling said The Post should have put its correction for a front-page story on the front page.
"Mistakes on other pages can rightly be corrected on Page A2," he said.
The Post declined to answer further questions yesterday.
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The problem with MSM is that the closer you look, the worse they look.
do their care?
The Post met their objective... the headline was printed, was in ciculation, and now the headline is being talked about more and more...
"We were almost all wrong [about Iraq]." and "WMD" are now associated and will be trumpted by the MSM.
"The Washington Post is criticized for sloppy reporting and failure to offer an appropriate retraction. It is good that the net keeps them, or others, from getting away with this unscathed as in days past."
The Washington Times, the source of this story, is not the net.
Well, this came up during the debate last night and the President caught it and hammered it home: Duelfer did not say it and the report is clear that Saddam was working to end sanctions so he could freely build up his arsenals. Kerry actually had no lie prepared to counter this. A blessing, IMHO.
With the help of the vaunted UN (led by Kerry's new best friends--France and Germany), I might add.
Thanks for posting this story about the Old Media FRAUDcasters.
Their power is waning. We will defeat them.
In any case, they will not be able to operate as they have in the past.
Brit Hume has a great show and has been reporting some of the details we see on Drudge and FR, that the rest of MSM deliberately avoids.
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