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deceive inveigle obfuscate

It was only a matter of time:
The White House acknowledged Sunday that on the day after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush pressed his top counterterrorism adviser, Richard A. Clarke, to find out whether Iraq was involved.
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Last week, the White House said it had no record that Mr. Bush had even been in the Situation Room that day and said the president had no recollection of such a conversation. [nyt]

Is this predictable pattern of deception and retraction even remarkable anymore? Surely someone must be keeping a running tally.

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on this subject, there's also the matter of what Thomas Friedman is calling a "failure of imagination" regarding the September 11 attacks. The Center for American Progress compiled a series of facts contradicting Bush's on the subject of airplanes as terrorist weapons [salon]. In addition, there are similar reports from a former FBI translator [also salon (great nighttime reading)].

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. . . and the video from the Radio & Television Correspondents Assn. Annual Dinner [cspan]

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the White House said it had no record that Mr. Bush had even been in the Situation Room that day

Jon Stewart had a funny bit on that quote. Something to the effect of "if the President doesn't use the Situation Room for 9/11, just what kind of situation is he saving it for?"
that was a great segment. it's too bad that the Daily Show is one of the only "news" organizations that's so openly critical.