Friday, June 03, 2005

John Kerry Joins Call For Inquiry On Downing Street Memo

This story is (finally) gaining momentum, folks:

By Wikinews beta:

John Kerry Criticizes News Media, Joins Call For Inquiry On Downing Street Memo

In a swing through South Coast, Florida, former 2004 presidential candidate Senator John Kerry criticized the near silence of the U.S. mass media regarding the so-called "Downing Street Memo". The Downing Street Memo is a leaked secret British document that details the minutes of a 2002 meeting between top-level British and American government officials. The memo states that George W. Bush "was determined" to attack Iraq long before going to Congress with the matter, and that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." The accuracy of the memo is not being disputed by either government. The memo caused an uproar in Great Britain and made a significant impact in the British national elections, but has gotten little attention in American news. Kerry said of the memo:

"When I go back [to Washington] on Monday, I am going to raise the issue. I think it's a stunning, unbelievably simple and understandable statement of the truth and a profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home. And it's amazing to me the way it escaped major media discussion. It's not being missed on the Internet, I can tell you that."

He questioned Americans' understanding of the war and the idea that criticism equals disloyalty, saying,

"Do you think that Americans if they really understood it would feel that way knowing that on Election Day, 77 percent of Americans who voted for Bush believed that weapons of mass destruction had been found and 77 percent believe Saddam did 9/11? Is there a way for this to break through, ever?"

We're trying, John. We're trying.

1 comment:

Sheryl said...

I can see how politicians would get cynical about the press. But I think what the republicans have figured out is that if they pre-write the news, then the lazy journalists will just present it the way they have written it for them. Also buying out the journalists with jobs and contracts in the government and preferential treatment in press briefings probably doesn't hurt either. Easing regulations on media consolidation, etc.