Majority Are Still Falling for Fake News
A new poll from YouGov shows that most Americans still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at the start of the Iraq war:That’s stunning, given that President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, the CIA, SecDef Rumsfeld, SecState Powell, National Security Advisor Rice, Bush’s chief strategist Rove, “Curveball” (the alias of the name of the unreliable WMD information) and other top officials have all publicly admitted that Iraq had no WMDs.
Corporate Media Pushed Fake News
The mainstream media has confessed that they pushed the fake WMD claims.
CNN’s Howard Kurtz wrote:
Major news organizations aided and abetted the Bush administration’s march to war on what turned out to be faulty premises. All too often, skepticism was checked at the door, and the shaky claims of top officials and unnamed sources were trumpeted as fact.
The low level of public confidence in the media has many causes, but one of them stems from what happened back in 2003.
Government Officials Pushed Fake News
Catastrophic Consequences of Fake News
We were told that the Iraq war would make us safer. We were told that it would be quick, and would virtually pay for itself. (We were also told that it would be a “cakewalk”, and that American soldiers would be greeted with flowers.)
In reality, the Iraq war was a total disaster.
The war cost up to $6 trillion dollars, which – even in a country as big as the U.S. – is a lot of money.
Indeed, the leaders of America and the UK were warned that the Iraq war would increase terrorism … before they pulled the trigger.
That’s “fake news” …