Cal Thomas, today:
Somin adds, “Particularly significant is the fact that, on many issues, the majority is not only ignorant of the truth, but actively misinformed. For example, 61 percent believe that there has been a net loss of jobs in 2004, 58 percent believe that the administration sees a link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11, and 57 percent believe that increases in domestic spending have not contributed significantly to the current federal budget deficit.”
The Bush administration has repeatedly denied a link between 9/11 and Saddam, but this fact is not getting through to most voters, and job growth continues upward.
Cal Thomas, on June 22:
The commission looking into the causes of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States did not conclude that claims by the Bush administration of ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda were pure myth, as many newspaper headlines and broadcast reports asserted. As the vice chairman of the panel, Lee Hamilton, stated, “There were connections between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s government. We don’t disagree on that.”
Would the liberal media please stop giving voters incorrect information?
“The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda [is] because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda,” Bush told reporters after a Cabinet meeting at the White House.
Bush said the contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda provided proof of a relationship.
Of course, their defense, if they ever bothered to defend anything they said, would be that saying there’s a link to Al-Qaeda isn’t exactly the same as saying there’s a link to 9/11, even though they are functionally the same. This is like the right’s previous fascination with semantics when arguing that unless you say the actual word “imminent,” you aren’t describing anything as imminent.
Keep on reaching for that rainbow, Cal.