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Here's what U.S. Secretary of Defense [sic] Donald Rumsfeld said today:
"There is obviously concern about Iran.  It's a country that is -- supports terrorists. It's a country that has indicated an interest in having weapons of mass destruction."
Now read how AP reported the story, and pay very careful attention to the placement of the quotation marks:

Said Rumsfeld: "There is obviously concern about Iran. Iran is a country that supports terrorism. It is a country that has indicated" a desire to obtain nuclear technology.
AP completely fabricated the last part of the quote!!!! Rumsfeld said nothing about "nuclear technology"; indeed, in the entire briefing, he doesn't even utter the word "nuclear." So there can't be any question that he was really referring to "nuclear technology" (or nuclear power) and simply misspoke; he very deliberately refers to "weapons of mass destruction." Which, I should point out, since AP doesn't, is an absolute lie; Iran has very specifically denied any interest in weapons of mass destruction. But it wasn't  enough for AP simply to have failed to point out that lie; no, they took the much more active step of fabricating a quote from Rumsfeld to make it appear that he did not lie.


And note, of course, that this isn't just any lie on Rumsfeld's part. It is the lie, the lie meant to justify an attack on another country. And it is that lie which the AP is doing its part to conceal from the American public.

Reprinted from Left I on the News

Originally posted to Left I on the News on Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 10:19 PM PDT.

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  •  This is a recording? (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    pb, FreedomFighter, irate, nhwriter, blueoasis

    RUMSFELD: We know for a fact, I know for a fact that no one in the Administration lied about weapons of mass destruction -- Fox News Radio, 6/21/05

    RUMSFELD: We know where they [Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction] are. The're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. -- ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos, 3/30/03

    Given a choice between a real Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican, Americans will choose the real Republican every time - Harry Truman

    by tiggers thotful spot on Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 10:34:05 PM PDT

  •  when the going gets desperate (2+ / 0-)
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    irate, blueoasis
    the desperate get ....... blatant?

    The AP has shilled for years now for Bushco.  

    They're getting desperate and it's becoming more and more obvious, like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz.   Look!  There he is!

    Disgusting.  Absolutely disgusting.

    I sure wish there was a way we could just shut these fuckers down.   CNN, the AP, the WP, all of them, just surround their buildings and not let anyone in or out until they simply shut down.

    They are doing harm to this country.    They need to go.

    The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer -- Henry Kissinger

    by theyrereal on Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 11:10:14 PM PDT

  •  AP's faith healing (0+ / 0-)

    AP often staunches Bushco's wounds...when they aren't actively propagandizing.  Other media appear to be doing some objective reporting lately, like the WaPo.  We'll see how far it goes.

  •  What a day for journalism (1+ / 0-)
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    Eikyu Saha

    this is right there with WAPO's claim that Cheney was booed for his poor first pitch, even though the booing clearly began the second he stepped on the field. AP also falsely claimed Bette Midler was booed when she ripped Bush during the Karina benefit concert. She got the biggest applause of the night.

    "Just when they think they know the answer, I change the question!" -Roddy Piper

    by McGirk SF on Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 11:39:18 PM PDT

  •  I just don't get it. (0+ / 0-)

    We need a better analysis of why AP et. al. issue this sort of crap.  Is it pressure from party lobbyists?  Is it pressure from wingnut groups?  Is it pressure from the company management?  Is it biased reporters?  Have newsrooms been brainwashed that the right wing is ultra-sensitive to anything they might interpret as an insult and therefore must never be exposed to any truth whatsoever?  

    We all need to let the media know, loud and clear, how obvious their pandering is.  We need to take back the ground that was lost over the course of two decades to the wingnuts and their bogus write-in campaigns, and their bogus religioso polit-propaganda, and their agit-prop AM radio stations...

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