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Thursday, April 20, 2006


Lies, damn lies...and indirect quotes

Here's how the Washington Post writes about what Iran is up to:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last week that Iran was pursuing the enrichment of uranium on an industrial scale, which could allow it to accelerate the development of nuclear weapons.
This statement is both grammatically and factually correct. But it certainly has a tremendous potential to mislead. Ahmadinejad, of course, not only said nothing about "accelerating the development of nuclear weapons," what he said was the exact opposite.

The Washington Post wasn't the only one doing its best to promote war with such subtle influences on the American psyche. Here's what Jon Stewart, the person liberals think is a liberal but really isn't, had to say last night:

"We've got an America-hating madman who we know is building WMDs in an oil-rich country that starts with the letters I-R-A."
No Jon, we most certainly do not "know" any such thing. But thanks to people like you, and the Washington Post, the majority of Americans most likely do "know" this non-fact right now (that's a guess, by the way; I haven't seen any polls, but I feel pretty confident about the guess).

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