Friday, February 10, 2006

I can't imagine why they were frustrated with press reports...

In an AP story by Toni Locy, which is basically just another speculative puff piece about Fitzmas, we find this little gem:

In the summer of 2003, White House officials — including Libby — were frustrated that the media were incorrectly reporting that Cheney had sent Wilson to Niger and had received a report of his findings in Africa before the war in Iraq had begun.

It appears that the frustration is somewhat wasted on Locy. Look what the story says three paragraphs earlier and makes as a factual statement:

Wilson's revelations cast doubt on President Bush's claim in his 2003 State of the Union address that Niger had sold uranium to Iraq to develop a nuclear weapon as one of the administration's key justifications for going to war in Iraq.

The transcript is pretty easy to find, unless I just have better sources than the Associated Press. These sixteen words may be the most misrepresented and misreported in journalism history, but Locy takes poor reporting to a new low. The Presidents real claim:

The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

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