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Fox News covers Downing Street Memo


Scotty McClellan: “there is “no need” to respond to the memos.” WTF?

Faux News is actually talking about this topic (what is the world coming to?), with the headline “Downing Street Memo Mostly Ignored in US” — too bad very few other media outlets are doing ANYTHING with this information, which is not disputed by the White House.:

A British government memo that critics say proves the Bush administration manipulated evidence about weapons of mass destruction in order to carry out a plan to overthrow Saddam Hussein has received little attention in the mainstream media, frustrating opponents of the Iraq war.

The “Downing Street Memo” — first published by The Sunday Times of London on May 1 — summarizes a high-level meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair (search) and his senior national security team on July 23, 2002, months before the March 2003 coalition invasion of Iraq.

The memo suggests that British intelligence analysts were concerned that the Bush administration was marching to war on wobbly evidence that Saddam posed a serious threat to the world.

This is un-f*cking believable, isn’t it? We’re experiencing the same sort of do-nothing coverage that accompanied all the voting machine shenanigans/voting fraud allegations before and after the election. The MSM just rolls over and plays dead, leaving efforts like AfterDowningStreet.org and Big Brass Alliance to keep this story afloat.

Led by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the signatories are mostly representatives who opposed the war in Iraq and make up the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Conyers says the mainstream media have ignored the story and let President Bush off the hook. He noted that liberal blogs and alternative media have been keeping the story alive. “But these voices are too few and too diffuse to overcome the blatant biases of our cable channels and the negligence and neglect of our major newspapers,” Conyers said in a recent statement.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan has said there is “no need” to respond to the memos, the authenticity of which has not been denied.

Tip to Shakes Sis on her site and on Big Brass Blog for the pointer.

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