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Dead Wrong

August 23, 2005
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If you missed it last night, you’ll get another chance next Saturday and Sunday to see CNN Present’s “Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown.” From the title and the promo, you might think it entirely blames the CIA for the “dead wrong” intelligence on Iraq’s WMD, but it also supports the Downing Street Memo impression that the administration wanted “facts” to fit their story, and further implies that anyone who failed to toe the president’s line found their convivial relationships with the Administration getting frosty. It does, however, almost completely ignore the role of the media in selling the administration’s bamboozle – aside from a brief mention about the press presenting Powell’s speech to the UN as a resounding success story. (Editor and Publisher makes this point much better than I can.)

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