JADED?….As Bob Somerby and Peter Daou and Media Matters have all pointed out, it really is remarkable how little attention the confirmation of David Manning’s explosive prewar memo has gotten in the past week. Here’s what the New York Times reported on Monday:
During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second [UN] resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons….”The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March,” Mr. Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. “This was when the bombing would begin.”
And this is in addition to the news that Bush was brainstorming ideas for deliberately provoking a war since it didn’t appear that Saddam Hussein had any actual WMD to give him a legitimate reason for invasion.
And yet as near as I can tell from a search of both Nexis and Google News, a grand total of about a dozen U.S. newspapers bothered to even report this. This is despite the fact that Manning was Tony Blair’s chief foreign policy advisor, the Times reviewed an actual copy of the memo, and two “senior British officials” confirmed its authenticity. What’s more, the conversation between Bush and Blair took place on January 31, 2003, which means that Bush was flatly lying for six consecutive weeks when he pretended that war could be averted if only Saddam Hussein would cooperate with UN inspectors.
Is the “collective yawn” from the media because everyone figures this is old news? Because it comes from a competitor and no one wants to credit them? Because no one really cares anymore?
Or are we now so jaded by the relentless mendacity of the Bush administration that high level lying just isn’t worth reporting these days? What other explanation is there for this not being front page news in Los Angeles and Washington DC as well as New York?