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Los Angeles Times Mischaracterizes Joe Wilson’s Findings — Again

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General,War — Patterico @ 9:29 pm

Via Instapundit, Stephen Spruiell says that we should not let the press get away with mischaracterizations of Joe Wilson’s trip and findings.

I recently saw such a mischaracterization in an article in the L.A. Times — and I simply shook my head and let it go. “How many times can I keep refuting the same claim?” I would think to myself. But Spruiell makes a good point:

If we don’t do something to stop this error from being repeated over and over in the media, it will simply become fact.

So, as a public service, I note that the L.A. Times, in a story titled Bush Critic Became Target of Libby, Former Aides Say, made the following inaccurate statement:

On his trip to Niger, Wilson found little reason to believe the Iraqis had sought the uranium, and on his return reported his findings to CIA officials.

That is flatly wrong. As Spruiell details, Wilson found convincing evidence that CIA analysts said supported the case.

Weary as I may get, I will try to keep Spruiell’s admonition in mind. Because we can’t let them make falsehoods into truths by incessant repetition without challenge. We just can’t.

P.S. More here.

2 Responses to “Los Angeles Times Mischaracterizes Joe Wilson’s Findings — Again”

  1. There’s only one problem here.

    Some say that the Congressional Report detailing Wilson’s findings was written by White House aids and he was never asked to approve of its wording – or even saw it before it was finished. That would explain why his op-ed contradicts the report too. If that’s true, then Wilson never claimed to find evidence that Iraq tried to by uranium from Niger.
    Here’s the link:

    Tillman (1cf529)

  2. Joe Wilson is the new “deep throat.”

    John McCullough (cdb762)

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