Front Page News From Coast To Coast: The Downing Street Memo

I was suprised to see the Downing Street Memo made the front page of todays Buffalo News, so I took a quick look at A Few Other Cities to see if this was common. I was suprised to see the same thing in many other cities. I only scanned about 20 pages, and found mentions on more than a few.
Daytona Beach, Santa Barbara, Oregon, Syracuse, Atlantic City, Salt Lake City, Nashiville and Spokane.


Excellent. Obviously the goading of the transnational style corporate press is going to have to come from those papers too small to be perceived to matter.

In the meantime, here's a public letter from John Conyers> to the running dog Washington Post for a hack-work piece of yellow journalism.

Doesn't it occur to you that if these memos were faked, SOMEONE in the British government would have pronounced them forgeries by now?

Even Prime Minister Tony Blair failed to> the memo's authenticity and appeared to verify it was an actual document when asked:

PRIME MINISTER BLAIR: Well, I can respond to that very easily. No, the facts were not being fixed in any shape or form at all. And let me remind you that that memorandum was written before we then went to the United Nations. Now, no one knows more intimately the discussions that we were conducting as two countries at the time than me.

If the memo were a forgery, why would Blair say "that memorandum was written before we then went to the United Nations"? He disputed the interpretation of the memo -- which is fair. The ambiguity and questions can only be resolved by putting Mr. Straw and Sir Richard Dearlove under oath and seeing where that takes us. But he did not dispute the memo's existence and authenticity. What possible reason could their be for an agile politician like Tony Blair not to take this perfect opportunity to pronounce the DSM a fake?

If the Brits haven't denounced a very embarrassing memo as a forgery more than a month and a half after it was published, that's either evidence of authenticity OR madness in british government PR. I haven't seen evidence of the latter.

The Newsweek analogy is a red herring. Newsweek did not get comments on their story BEFORE IT WAS PRINTED. As soon as it came out, the White House and Pentagon came out forcefully about the falseness of the claim.

Same goes for the 60 minutes story. There were no official denials before the forged memos were published, but the VERY SAME week of that story serious doubts emerged about their authenticity and they were quickly disproven.

For an example of how a presidential supporter can make a plausible sounding case from the memo and its supporting materials, try listening to KCRW's most recent Left, Right and> and listen to Tony Blankley of the Washington Times use examples from the various memos (all of which he accepts as authentic) to try to show how there's nothing new here.

He makes some decent points, for instance, the memos make it clear beyond a doubt that the Brits believed that Iraq had SOME WMD capability. Tony didn't go on to say that even so, privately, the British did not believe that Iraq posed a serious threat to its neighbors.

Point taken but I don't know what Blair was thinking anymore then I know what the reporter was thinking for jumping through so many hoops with the memos. I just think its weird.

the purported authors (Matthew Rycroft for the original, various cabinet ministers for the others) would sign sworn affidavits(sp?) saying that he had not written the document in question.

If that happened, I would stop pushing this issue.

By the way, you have a point that I don't know what was going through Tony Blair's mind either, but it still seemed to have been too good of a debunking moment to miss.

The U.S. troops are dying at a higher rate than any other member of the coalition. Bush needs blood to sanctify himself. He thinks he is a king. He's just a petty little man and he will never be forgotten for his perfidy. Too many in the U.S. bow and scrape before him because they don't think; they don't read widely; they just accept what they are told.

Challenge the College Republicans to volunteer to fight in the war they demanded.

Operation Yellow>>

Operation Yellow Elephant>

Yeah that'll work. How about I start Operation Lazy Liberals? Instead of wasting your time in the classroom (and online), why don't you spend all your time and energy helping all those poor, starving, oppressed Americans your always talking about? Get thyself to a soup kitchen woman!