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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Jude Meche Letter 9/30/04

(Published in the Kansas City Star)

Inaccurate information

I will be the first to admit that the recent calamity involving CBS' use of suspicious documents is troubling. CBS was patently irresponsible in its reporting and its research.
But isn't there a certain irony and hypocrisy in the Bush White House attacking others over inaccurate information? After all, it was Bush who issued false claims in a State of the Union address. It was Bush who relied on poor research to justify a war with Iraq.
Until the day when we find a single weapon of mass destruction in Iraq, Bush has no business assuming a posture of indignation over CBS' mistakes. Nor does he have any business attacking anyone else's false research.
If Bush wants to demand higher standards in research for the news media, he should start by setting a better example himself.
Jude Meche
Joplin, Mo.


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