Thursday, September 18, 2003

The Strib abandons all pretense

In today's lead editorial, the Minneapolis Star Tribune goes after Cheney's appearance on Meet the Press this past Sunday.

While the liberal perspective of the editorial page is well-known, I was honestly surprised by the tone of this editorial; generally, the Strib maintains an air of calm detachment, at least offering the appearance of objective rationality.

Not this time. The closing paragraph pretty much sums it up:
    To explore every phony statement in the vice president's "Meet the Press" interview would take far more space than is available. This merely points out some of the most egregious examples. Opponents of the war are fond of saying that "Bush lied and our soldiers died." In fact, they'd have reason to assert that "Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz lied and our soldiers died." It's past time the principals behind this mismanaged war were called to account for their deliberate misstatements.
Mismanaged war? Huh. Three weeks to Baghdad, and the editors call that mismanaged.

I'm sure they could have done better.

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