Lies of Our Times
From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August.
—ANDREW H. CARD, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, SPEAKING ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR P.R. CAMPAIGN, SEPTEMBER 6, 2002 1
IN THE MIDST OF the buildup to war, a major scandal was unfolding at The New York Times—the paper that sets the news agenda for other media. The Times admitted that for several years a 27-year-old reporter named Jayson Blair had been conning his editors and falsifying stories. He had pretended to be places he hadn't been, fabricated quotes, and just plain lied in order to tell a sensational tale. For this, Blair was fired. But the Times went further: It ran a 7,000-word, five-page exposé on the young reporter, laying bare his personal and professional escapades.
The Times said it had reached a low point in its 152-year history. I agreed. But not because of the Jayson Blair affair. It was the Times coverage of the Bush-Blair affair.
When George W. Bush and Tony Blair made their fraudulent