Saturday, December 24, 2005

Media falsehoods on the spying scandal

Media Matters has an article entitled, "Top 12 media myths and falsehoods on the Bush administration's spying scandal" in which the falsehoods are listed and thoroughly debunked.

Check this out to see what the right leaning media is trying to get you to believe:

1: Timeliness necessitated bypassing the FISA court - MYTH

2: Congress was adequately informed of -- and approved -- the administration's actions - MYTH

3: Warrantless searches of Americans are legal under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - MYTH

4: Clinton, Carter also authorized warrantless searches of U.S. citizens - MYTH

5: Only Democrats are concerned about the Bush administration's secret surveillance - MYTH

6: Debate is between those supporting civil liberties and those seeking to prevent terrorism - MYTH

7: Bin Laden phone leak demonstrates how leak of spy operation could damage national security - MYTH

8: Gorelick testimony proved Clinton asserted "the same authority" as Bush - MYTH

9: Aldrich Ames investigation is example of Clinton administration bypassing FISA regulations - MYTH

10: Clinton administration conducted domestic spying - MYTH

11: Moussaoui case proved that FISA probable-cause standard impedes terrorism probes - MYTH

12: A 2002 FISA review court opinion makes clear that Bush acted legally - MYTH

Click through to read details as to why these are all falsehoods.

I really need to train myself to read Media Matters every single day. The misinformation that's promulgated by the mainstream press is appalling.

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