The Weakest Standard

I haven't commented on The Weekly Standard's 'Case Closed' article. The main reason is because Josh Marshall, Calpundit, Atrios, Eric Alterman, and the majority of the blogosphere has listed their comments. I don't have too much more to add than what has already been said...

But I do think that these type of misleading statements by the right side of the political spectrum, statements that twist raw data into hard facts, have ruined any chance of establishing a legitimate public discourse about the issues that matter to this nation and to the world.

This PIPA report underscores the above point:

A new study based on a series of seven nationwide polls conducted from January through September of this year reveals that before and after the Iraq war, a majority of Americans have had significant misperceptions and these are highly related to support for the war with Iraq.
Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely.

An in-depth analysis of a series of polls conducted June through September found 48% incorrectly believed that evidence of links between Iraq and al Qaeda have been found, 22% that weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and 25% that world public opinion favored the US going to war with Iraq. Overall 60% had at least one of these three misperceptions.


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