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The Early Spin on the Downing Street Memo (Or, the Next Layer of Lying Begins)

Reported by Melanie - June 7, 2005

I saw my first Fox News reference (not by name of course as Fox wouldn't want its viewers to actually be able to do any research) to the Downing Street Memo today on Your World w/Neil Cavuto (38 days after it was published by the Rupert Murdoch-owned London Times).

Wendell Goler was reporting live from outside the White House (June 7, 2005), setting up the press conference Bush and Blair would hold 45 minutes later. In his report, Goler said:

"Blair may be asked today about a memo that suggests British officials felt the US was committed to war in the summer of 2002. That's the time when the Bush administration was telling the UN Security Council that a tough UN resolution on weapons inspections might just avoid war in Iraq." (Goler's emphasis.)

Comment: Blair may be asked (As if it's only Blair's problem.) today about a memo that suggests (The memo does far more than "suggest.") British officials felt (The Bush administration told the British what their intentions were, but apparently the spin will be that the memo contains nothing more than notes about what the British "felt.") the US was committed to war in the summer of 2002. That's the time when the Bush administration was telling the UN Security Council that a tough UN resolution on weapons inspections might just avoid war in Iraq (The memo proves the exact opposite, but evidently we're to believe that the Bush administration was trying to avoid war, not bend the facts in order to start one. This line also implies that what the British "felt" was wrong.).

This spin by Goler matches what Bush would say 45 minutes later - that he and his administration were doing everything possible to avoid a war. The pack of lies grows ever larger.

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