L.A. Times Again Fudges the Content of the “Sixteen Words” — This Time, We’re Going for a Correction
An infobox in an L.A. Times story on the Scooter Libby trial today says:
In his January 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush said Iraq had sought uranium for nuclear weapons from Niger, in West Africa.
Here, once again, are the sixteen words from Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech:
The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
I just read that phrase five times straight and didn’t see the word “Niger” anywhere. (By the way, other African countries sell uranium, including the Congo.)
Now, really. Is this truly so difficult that paid, professional journalists can’t keep track of it? Has nobody ever explained this to them before? Really?
Well, I think it’s high time someone tried, then. It’s about time we saw the facts on this stated clearly, in print, in the pages of this newspaper. I’m writing the Readers’ Representative tonight and politely demanding a correction.
Even if I don’t get one, the response should be entertaining.