May 29, 2003

Friedman and Freedom in Iraq
- Snipped from Mike Hersh's piece on his webpage:

"Thomas Friedman of the New York Times - and the mass media in general - cannot be troubled to hold Bush accountable. After tacitly endorsing the series of lies the Bush Administration used to justify the war, they now applaud Bush's continuing circus train of fabrication, distraction and deception.

"Where are the weapons of mass destruction? Where are the links between Iraq and 9/11? What's Bush's latest justification for this unprovoked attack which killed 1000s and wasted $billions? Friedman hasn't found any and he says it doesn't really matter.

"Molly Ivins wrote about what she called 'the weirdest media reaction of all [to] the ongoing nonappearance of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq' singling out Friedman: 'What I cannot believe is that respected journalists, most notably Tom Friedman, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, would simply dismiss the nonexistent WMDs as though it made no difference. Of course it matters if our government lies to us.'

"Ivins makes this point which should be obvious: 'Look, if there are no WMDs in Iraq, it means either our government lied us to us in order to get us into an unnecessary war, or the government itself was disastrously misinformed by an incompetent intelligence apparatus. In either case, it's a terribly serious situation.'"

Next on CNN: is Scott Peterson's lawyer a crackpot? Stay tuned!


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