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April 07, 2003

Prejudice: facts don't matter

Today (April 7, 2003), the headline of an article in the Ottawa Citizen , p. A3, declares:

Coalition has yet to find banned weapons cited as justification for invasion

You've probably seen and heard similar assertions from other media outlets.

It is easy to excuse the Iraqi propaganda minister when he states that the occupation of Baghdad airport by the coalition forces never occurred; and it is risible when this declaration comes even as US journalist broadcast from the occupied airport. But when a journalist called Peter Goodspeed repeats pro-Iraqi propaganda that is easily refuted, one has to wonder.

For the record. A Knight-Ridder article entitled "Troops, journalists undergo cleanup for nerve gas exposure" reports today:

ALBU MUHAWISH, Iraq - U.S. soldiers evacuated an Iraqi military compound on Sunday after tests by a mobile laboratory confirmed evidence of sarin nerve gas. More than a dozen soldiers of the Army's 101st Airborne Division had been sent earlier for chemical weapons decontamination after they exhibited symptoms of possible exposure to nerve agents.
U.S. soldiers found the suspect chemicals at two sites: an agricultural warehouse containing 55-gallon chemical drums and a military compound, which soldiers had begun searching on Saturday. The soldiers also found hundreds of gas masks and chemical suits at the military complex, along with large numbers of mortar and artillery rounds.
Similarly, on April 4, 2003, MSNBC posted an article entitled, "Positive test for terror toxins in Iraq - Evidence of ricin, botulinum at Islamic militants’ camp" , in which MSNBC stated:

SARGAT, Iraq, April 4 — tests reveal evidence of the deadly toxins ricin and botulinum at a laboratory in a remote mountain region of northern Iraq allegedly used as a terrorist training camp by Islamic militants with ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
This evidence is over and above what even Blix found, e.g., the missiles which constituted a clear case of "banned weapons".

But facts don't matter when people like Mr Goodspeed have an agenda to uphold. GoodSpeed perhaps, but definitely not good journalism.