Bill Schneider Blows Analysis...But still.
By Brad Friedman on 6/15/2005, 3:02pm PT  

Six weeks after its release by Rupert Murdoch's Times of London, CNN seems to have realized that the "Downing Street Minutes" just might indicate that the "President" of the United States may have lied the country into an unnecessary War on Iraq.

We're happy to see that CNN, along with many other MSM organizations, are finally covering (somewhat) what some of us "Conspiracy Theorists" have been covering for at least six weeks.

The report by Bill Schneider, available via Crooks & Liars, is not bad --- even featuring some guy named John Conyers --- though Schneider does manage to drop in some completely misleading and mangled analysis when he suggests that the reason this business is making news now is because support for the war has dropped to 42% or so, when it was over 60% in June of 2002.

NOTE TO BILL: One of the reasons support was so high back then, was because the "President" and his lackeys were actively running around the country, lying about Saddam's WMD, and you guys were covering such claims without batting even the slightest critical eye. Now that more and more information has come out to demonstrate the entire affair was bullshit, support for the war has plummeted.

In other words, support has dropped because we now know the truth. As opposed to your suggestion that this material is gaining traction because support for the war is bottoming out.

That said, we do realize that you may now be willing to cover it because support is bottoming out. God forbid you should give critical coverage to anything that America is currently in favor of.

Of course, if Schneider has any information to suggest that his analysis is correct and our analysis is wrong, he didn't bother to present it.

Perhaps CNN should stick to Michael Jackson, and leave the news to the bloggers.