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The lie heard ´round the world

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Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Colin Powell´s speech for the necessity to go to war with Iraq. For many, it was all the proof needed to go to war.

Ten years ago today, Colin Powellmade the Bush administration's case for going to war against Iraq. Much of what he said about Iraq's threats to the United States was false. But the media coverage gave the opposite impression, and most of the pundits and journalists who promoted the justifications for the war paid no price for their failures.

Powell's address was instrumental in pushing a faulty media line on Iraq's WMDs further. That much was clear in the coverage right after his appearance at the United Nations, as FAIR documented on February 10 in "A Failure of Skepticism in Powell Coverage."

Not everyone had it wrong but there was just no press coverage for non-believers

The media convey to the public the impression that the alleged banned weapons on which the Bush administration rests its case for war are known to exist, and that the question is simply whether inspectors are skillful enough to find them.

Shameful journalism and no accountability for those inolved. Let´s hope the same mistakes aren´t made with Iran.

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For a few years after he left public office I was willing to give Powell the benefit of the doubt.

No longer. He is a coward and a criminal for his significant role in misleading the world. :td:

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