Perino Dismisses CPI Study: Truth On How We Sold The Iraq War Is Not ‘Worth Spending Time On’
A new study by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism found that the Bush administration issued 935 false statements about the threat from Iraq in the two years following 9/11. President Bush “led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” [Ed.: we posted the report about the CPI Study; go here to view article.]
In today’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino attacked the study. Perino claimed the study “is so flawed” because it “only looked at members of the administration” and not “people around the world”:
I hardly think that the study is worth spending time on. It is so flawed, in terms of taking anything into context or including – they only looked at members of the administration, rather than looking at members of Congress or people around the world. Because, as you’ll remember, we were part of a broad coalition of countries that deposed the dictator based on a collective understanding of the intelligence.
[For this article, and video of White House Press Sec’y Perino, go here.]