Thursday, April 13, 2006

Listening to advisors is the same as lying?

Let's say you're at work and your neighbor calls you, telling you that your house is on fire. You hang up immediately and call the fire department, telling them that your neighbor informed you that your house is burning down. The fire department races over there, only to find that it's not on fire. Were you lying?

Of course not! You were going on someone else's information, and you made a decision to address the crisis. According to the MSM and the left (pardon the redundancy), though, you actually DID lie! From
As Paul noted earlier today, the Washington Post's story this morning on the mobile biological weapons labs in Iraq was highly misleading. (The Post reported, as if it were an expose, that one team that was sent to examine the purported mobile labs reported that they were not intended to produce biological weapons. But buried deep in the Post's story is the fact that three teams examined the trailers, and two of the three thought that they were indeed intended for bioweapon production.) But ABC, on today's Good Morning America, went the Post one better, twisting the Post's already-deceptive story into a "Bush lied" claim:
They'd found a couple trailers that he said actually were the mobile biological laboratories that he said showed that they were indeed developing WMD, and The Washington Post has a story today that says the President knew at the time that was not true.
Actually, the Post story doesn't say anything of the sort. What it says is, "even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true." This is based on the fact that on May 27, 2003, the field team that examined the trailers transmitted to Washington its preliminary field report expressing the minority view (at the time) that the trailers were innocuous. Only later did the group submit its official report to the same effect.

The very next day, May 28, 2003, the CIA and DIA publicly issued a ten-page report titled "Iraqi Mobile Biological Warfare Agent Production Plants." You can download the report here. The joint CIA/DIA report unequivocally and enthusiastically proclaimed the mobile trailers that had been discovered in Iraq to be mobile bioweapon facilities. It included photographs of the trailers, descriptions of various components, comparisons of the trailers to descriptions given by Iraqi informants. The report said:
Coalition forces have uncovered the strongest evidence to date that Iraq was hiding a biological warfare program. … US forces in late April also discovered a mobile laboratory truck in Baghdad. The truck is a toxicology laboratory from the 1980s that could be used to support BW or legitimate research. The design, equipment, and layout of the trailer found in late April is strikingly similar to descriptions provided by a source who was a chemical engineer that managed one of the mobile plants.
[W]e nevertheless are confident that this trailer is a mobile BW production plant because of the source’s description, equipment, and design.
The next day, May 29, 2003, President Bush gave an interview to a Polish television station in which he said:
We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories. You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two.
It is obvious that when President Bush said on May 29 that two mobile bioweapon facilities had been found, he was accurately repeating what the CIA and DIA had not only told him privately, but had publicly reported to the American people, just the day before. There is no reason to assume that President Bush had any knowledge of a preliminary field report, representing a then-minority view, that had been shipped back to Washington only 48 hours before; nor would such a preliminary report of a minority view have justified ABC's claim--even had Bush become aware of it--that "the President knew at the time that was not true."

We are living through an extraordinary era, in which our principal news media have little regard for truth, and have dedicated themselves monomaniacally to destroying the President of the United States and his administration. liberal media bias!