Who can we blame for this disturbing ignorance?
“Sizeable minorities of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had ‘strong links to al Qaeda,’ a Harris Interactive poll shows, though the number has fallen substantially this year.
“About 22% of U.S. adults believe Mr. Hussein helped plan 9/11, the poll shows, and 26% believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded. Another 24% believe several of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqis, according to the online poll of 1,961 adults.”
Although these beliefs have declined in the last year, the mainstream media is still far too comfortable channelling Bush administration spin as “fact.”