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10/06/2004

 

The dangers of slipshod "fact-checking"


These are sad to watch. From ABCNews.com:
At one point, Cheney retaliated by saying, "The senator has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

Unfortunately for Cheney, Edwards was right. The vice president has never flatly stated Iraq was a participant in 9/11, but he has certainly suggested a connection.

Last year, on NBC's Meet the Press, Cheney described Iraq as "the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."
Unfortunately for ABC News, their fact-checkers do not understand simple concepts.

All the Vice President said was that the terrorists came from a region and that Iraq was at the heart of that region. He did not suggest that the terrorists who attacked on 9-11 were ever in Iraq, qua Iraq. It's the region, of which Iraq is the heart.

I wish they'd leave the fact checking to the adults.

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