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Hume Protects Richard Perle

Reported by Janie - May 1, 2007 -

During an interview with 60 Minutes that aired this past Sunday, former CIA Chief George Tenet claimed that Richard Perle, one of the architects of the Iraq war, told him the day after 9/11, "Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday, they bear responsibility."

Just one day after the interview aired, Tenet claimed he misspoke, and stated it was actually a few days after 9/11 Perle made this statement. However, during last night's Special Report (4/30), host Brit Hume made certain to stick up for the Republican and the Bush Administration once again.

During Hume's "Two Minutes of Hate" Hume claimed, "Former CIA Chief George Tenet writes in his just-released book that on the day after 9/11 he met with Pentagon adviser Richard Perle.

'He said to me, 'Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday, they bear responsibility.'' But Bill Kristol notes in The Weekly Standard: 'Richard Perle was in France on that day, unable to fly back after September 11. In fact Perle did not return to the United States until September 15.'

This morning Tenet told NBC's Today Show: 'I may have been off by a couple of days. The encounter occurred. The conversation occurred.'

But Perle 'categorically denies' ever having mentioned Iraq to Tenet in the days after 9/11."

Of course, Hume is making sure his viewers are given Perle's side of the story, throwing Tenet under the bus. While we may never know if Perle said these words to Tenet, Hume neglected to mention another development in the story.

On September 16th, Perle appeared on CNN's Situation Room and had this to say:

"Even if we cannot prove to the standard that we enjoy in our own civil society they are involved, we do know, for example, that Saddam Hussein has ties to Osama bin Laden."

So, he may not have said it to Tenet - but he did say it to the entire American people on live television.

Obviously, Hume didn't mention this at all, proving once again he's nothing more than another arm of propaganda for the Bush Administration.