Thursday, September 18, 2003

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The transatlantic trend of full disclosure

I was all geared up to post something about President Bush's statement that the U.S. had no evidence Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Bush's statement -- and others by Don Rumsfeld and Condi Rice -- was made to rebut Vice President Cheney's Meet the Press comments hinting at such a link.

Then David Adesnik beats me to the point:

I have to admit, it's surprising to see Bush discipline Cheney in this sort of way. It means either that Cheney recognized he was wrong and wanted Bush to clarify the matter, or Bush recognized the threat to his credibility that Cheney's remarks presented.

I suspect it was the latter. Which is good, because you want to see the President fully in control of his own Cabinet and his own Administration (emphasis added).

Advantage: Adesnik!! This reinforces a point I made earlier this month about the need for more active White House management of the policy process.

Also, kudos to Josh Marshall for effectively fisking Cheney on this point a few hours after his TV appearance.

And, while we're on the subject of full disclosure, it seems Andrew Gilligan and his bosses at the BBC have finally apologized -- albeit under cross-examination -- for Gilligan's shabby journalism. Kudos to Andrew Sullivan for staying the course on this issue.

posted by Dan on 09.18.03 at 10:46 AM


Gee Dan what's happening to you? First you link to Luskin as a valid source of criticism of PK and now this?

Did you bother to read the news article you linked to?

Although Gilligan clearly made mistakes (It's not clear to me that it is any less shabby than Judith Miller on the NYT telling us about how many WMDS Iraq had or Fox News which reported that we had found WMDs, what 6 times?) the article makes very clear that Gilligan's central point was proven right, something Sullivan never will admit to.

The Independent says that "the guts of the Gilligan claim, has been vindicated by the inquiry evidence."

You forgot to mention the most important point of all?

posted by: GT on 09.18.03 at 10:46 AM [permalink]

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