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American News Better Served by British Papers?


Maybe it's no wonder that the American public doesn't think the media is doing a good job. After all, it took over a week for any U.S. papers to pick up the May 5 story in the London Sunday Times that top British intelligence officials warned Tony Blair that the Bush administration manipulated intelligence reports in order to justify going to war with Iraq.

Specifically, the notes (as first reported in the U.S., on page 18 of the Washington Post) explained that "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." Bush administration officials have since denied the contents of the report.