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  •  Let's see... (none)
    OK, the very first line is slanted:

    "Reports in the British media this month based on documents indicating that President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair had conditionally agreed by July 2002 to invade Iraq appear to have blown over quickly in Britain."

    "Conditionally" agreed? It sounded like the Brits were pretty sure Bush wanted to go to war. Not much conditional about it. And "appear to have blown over quickly in Britain"? Um, this memo cost Blair about 60 seats in Parliament. And the anger against Blair has hardly "blown over."

    OK, second line:

    "But in the United States, where the reports at first received scant attention, there has been a growing groundswell of indignation among critics of the Bush White House, who say the documents help prove the leaders made a secret decision to oust Saddam Hussein nearly a year before launching their attack, shaped intelligence to that aim, and never seriously intended to avert the war through diplomacy."

    The mention of "scant attention" seems to imply that there must not have been much importance - or it would have been covered here. They make it sound like it's sort of a British things, that they have their knickers in a bunch about something or other. Silly Brits.

    The fourth paragraph says "...the memo published May 1 added nothing of significance to the much-investigated record of the lead-up to the war." Gee, there must not be much to this except people out to get Bush, I guess.

    The fifth paragraph is more dismissal from a Brit official. Nothing to see here folks, keep moving, keep moving!

    I could go on, line by line but you get the idea. The whole story is framed in a way to limit its impact. Though they technically give the details, they do it in such a way as to minimize the importance of a document that shows that Bush was planning to go to war with Iraq in 2002 - contrary to what he told the American people.

    I'm not bemoaning the fact that the LA Times is covering the story, I'm just noticing the techniques of the mainstream press in acting as PR hacks for this administration.

    •  Complete Lie: Not Blown Over, It's Blowing Up! (none)
      I am, temporarily, working on this issue from the 'British Isles,' and the story is the biggest thing to happen in politics since, in fact, proof of the Watergate burglury. (sp)

      The difference is in the nature of the evidence.  It has been released by the British government.

      Britain: Blair forced to publish legal advice on Iraq war, Italy - Apr 30, 2005

      ... Iraq could never have complied with demands to hand over its weapons of mass destruction because it did not have any ... The Bush and Blair administrations were ...

      Who controls the media, controls the fates.

      by Apian on Thu May 12, 2005 at 08:11:33 AM PDT

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