THIS IS INTERESTING: "Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003 -- up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll finds. Pollsters deemed the increase both 'substantial' and 'surprising' in light of persistent press reports to the contrary in recent years."
Apparently, trust in "persistent press reports" isn't what it used to be.
Let's get this straight. Half of Americans think that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, an assertion that is wrong. But the fact that half the country is apparently unaware that the Bush administration's primary (no, not only, as Instapundit constantly reminds us) justification for invading Iraq turned out to be wrong isn't the interesting part of the story???
I read this earlier today in a post on Brendan's blog and clicked through to the Washington Times story that both Brendan and Instapundit link to. I was dismayed, if not amazed, to see the GOP spin-disseminating Washington Times never assert directly that there were no WMD in Iraq, instead using the weasel phrase that there have been "persistent press reports to the contrary in recent years."
This phrase is obviously just the WT's way of getting around having to assert that Bush was wrong about WMD. But then Instapundit, amazingly, picks up on that phrase and uses it as the main peg of his analysis. The issue, you see, is not that half the country believes that the disproven justification the Bush Administration used to (mis)lead us into war is true. The issue is that people are losing credibility in the "mainstream media." (probably Instapundit's #1 favorite issue)
That, of course, is meant to get the reader thinking about the media's failures rather than just how effective the Bush administration PR campaign supporting the Iraq war has been.
Coming soon on Instapundit: Why growing public concern over the Bush administration's use of torture is a sign that the media is pro-terrorism