AP Insults Readers MERGED w/ Half of US is Brainless

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    The liberal media does it again. If you believe Saddam had WMD's you arr stupid according to the AP

    Don'y you love it when the liberal media actually tells us what they really think?

    http://newsbusters.org/node/6805
    AP Scolds Stupid Americans For Still Believing Saddam Had WMD
    Posted by Noel Sheppard on August 7, 2006 - 09:45.
    It’s one thing when an obviously deluded shill suggests that Americans are stupid because they disagree with him as reported by NewsBusters Saturday. However, it is quite another thing when the largest wire service in the country does it.

    Yet, that’s exactly what transpired when the Associated Press published a report Sunday evening entitled “Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq Had WMD”: “Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq.”

    Much like CNN’s Jack Cafferty the day before, AP didn’t offer the possibility that many of these believers feel Saddam moved his weapons to Syria or elsewhere before the invasion began. Such was certainly not on the mind of AP writer Charles J. Hanley, who, instead, wanted to make the case that Americans are just deluding themselves: “People tend to become ‘independent of reality’ in these circumstances, says opinion analyst Steven Kull.”

    Fascinating. So, 50 percent of the country is “independent of reality.” Isn’t that a marvelous thing for America’s largest wire service to report? But that was just the beginning:

    "I'm flabbergasted," said Michael Massing, a media critic whose writings dissected the largely unquestioning U.S. news reporting on the Bush administration's shaky WMD claims in 2002-03.

    "This finding just has to cause despair among those of us who hope for an informed public able to draw reasonable conclusions based on evidence," Massing said.

    What is causing this delusion? Well, as you would imagine, Republicans were the primary culprit:

    Timing may explain some of the poll result. Two weeks before the survey, two Republican lawmakers, Pennsylvania's Sen. Rick Santorum (news, bio, voting record) and Michigan's Rep. Peter Hoekstra (news, bio, voting record), released an intelligence report in Washington saying 500 chemical munitions had been collected in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

    "I think the Harris Poll was measuring people's surprise at hearing this after being told for so long there were no WMD in the country," said Hoekstra spokesman Jamal Ware.

    Next up to blame for America’s stupidity…Fox News:

    “Our top story tonight, the nation abuzz today ..." was how Fox News led its report on the old, stray shells. Talk-radio hosts and their callers seized on it. Feedback to blogs grew intense. "Americans are waking up from a distorted reality," read one posting.

    Of course, the majority of the deluded are – drum roll, please – Republicans: “'For some it almost becomes independent of reality and becomes very partisan.’ The WMD believers are heavily Republican, polls show.”

    Because they watch…Fox News:

    "It is easy to see what is accepted as truth rapidly morph from one representation to another," he said in an e-mail. "It would be a shame if one effect of the power of the Internet was to undermine any commonly agreed set of facts."

    The creative "morphing" goes on.

    As Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerrillas battled in Lebanon on July 21, a Fox News segment suggested, with no evidence, yet another destination for the supposed doomsday arms.

    "ARE SADDAM HUSSEIN'S WMDS NOW IN HEZBOLLAH'S HANDS?" asked the headline, lingering for long minutes on TV screens in a million American homes.

    So let’s get this straight: Early Sunday morning, a major wire service admitted that one of its photographers intentionally doctored a photograph to make the devastation in Beirut, Lebanon, look worse than it is (as reported by NewsBuster Tom Blumer); hours later, another major wire service said that most of us are stupid.

    Does anyone see a connection?
     
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    One of the documents recently translated from those found in Iraq:


    http://www.floppingaces.net/category/saddam-documents/

    pics and images of documents at site:

     
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    Goes to show you who is really stupid. Who gassed the Kurds? Who gassed Iranians during the Iran-Iraq War?

    Must've been the Easter Bunny.:laugh:
     
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    That's the thing. The left is shown rock-hard evidence of WMDs, and I still have yet to hear anything refuting it, or even acknowledging it.
     
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    You must have just missed the "That was then, this now" argument; whereby, actual proven possession and accountability is refuted by the fact that the left thinks enough time has elapsed since actual use to cast doubt.
     
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    The UN had a definition in the Iraqi resolutions of what constitutues a WMD.

    Anyone know what it said?

    Anyone know if they found anything that matched the definition?

    all facts are available on the UN website....all written by UN inspectors.
     
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    Actually I don't. The military definition of WMDs is any nuclear, biological and/or nuclear weapon.

    The current lefty definition has devolved from that to an ICMB carrying a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the continental US.
     
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    Nobody is saying Sadman NEVER had WMDs, just whether he had them pre invasion....
     

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