Comment at end
UPDATE 21st January: Proof – POLL: Yes, 77% do NOT think Tony Blair should be tried for “war crimes”
17th January 2010
POLL: 77% – REPEAT 77% – SAY TONY BLAIR TOLD THE TRUTH TO PARLIAMENT OVER IRAQ
So – what was that again? Oh yes, more than three-quarters polled think Tony Blair told the truth to parliament over Iraq. In other words the HUGE majority think he DID NOT LIE.
Did you read that headline anywhere this morning? Did the Sunday morning news bulletins lead with it?
Why am I asking these rhetorical questions? The answer’s obvious. Is the Pope a catholic? Is Tony Blair a war criminal?
THE PRESS WE DESERVE
We the British people are being taken for mugs. Perhaps we deserve it. We get the press we deserve. The politicians we deserve would rather just keep out of the firing line.
If you don’t accept it’s the press sweetheart, see this news item from APUK – read today’s press reports on this.
Article headline at APUK – Blair ‘should face war charges’. (Note the use of the quote marks.
Article leading point:
“Almost a quarter of voters (23%) believe Tony Blair deliberately misled MPs over the Iraq war and should face war crimes charges, an opinion poll has found.”
What? Dearie me. What about a mention for the MAJORITY – the 77% who disagree?
Admittedly, apart from the above – (the perverted presented LEADING element) – none of this Sunday Times YouGov poll is actually GOOD news for Mr Blair. (When I find it at The Times, I’ll link to it here. Update: here’s the poll. See pgs 4 &5.)
But the above 77% IS reasonably good news, though 100% would have been better. And the 77% is not even mentioned.
The latest ‘AFP’ report on this story has this headline: “Almost one in four Britons back Blair war crimes trial: poll”
So where does it point out that MORE THAN 3 IN FOUR DON’T?
DISTORTED, BIASED REPORTING
The 77% if this were fair reporting, would have been highlighted. Especially since it is the “lying” tag even more than the “illegal war” accusation that has been hung around Blair’s neck since March 2003. It’s reminiscent of the “Welsh Not” (a punishment to prevent the use of the Welsh language in Wales in the 19th century.) As far as the British press is concerned Tony Blair has literally NO Choice but to wear that “lying” tag for the rest of his life.
It seems that “Most people also think the former PM, who is due to give evidence to the official inquiry into the war within weeks, knew Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.” Just over two thirds accept that The YouGov survey for the Sunday Times found less than a third (32%) accepted that Mr Blair “genuinely believed in the threat” which he used to publicly justify sending UK troops, while 52% thought he had “deliberately misled” the country.
As John Rentoul puts it – “People believe what they read in the papers shock”
YouGov interviewed a representative sample of 2,033 voters, online across Britain, on January 14-15.
My thoughts on mind control: It’s all in the editing and the headline.
Perhaps it is not just politicians who can be accused of “mind control”. It is now clearly being used by the press. Perhaps in revenge for their widespread belief or more likely dissembling excuse that their minds too were at one time controlled by spin doctors and government. Now they use the same methods that they accuse others of having used. Out-spinning the spinners. And as with their own alleged “brainwashing” they expect us not to notice. Thus the edited cherry picked reports of the Iraq Inquiry.
By the way – on the Iraq Inquiry – did you notice that General Reith’s evidence was given hardly any coverage by the press? If you did notice, do you wonder why?
Simply because he criticised the press.
From the start of the Iraq campaign the British press, he contends, took a position against the British involvement.
More on that later.