Dear MoveOn member,
A London newspaper rocked British elections when it leaked a top intelligence official's report that President Bush was intent on invading Iraq long before he sought Congress' approval. Bush called Iraq an urgent threat, but the memo says "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."1 British officials are not denying the memo's accuracy, and a former senior American official called it "an absolutely accurate description of what transpired."2 This revelation nearly cost Prime Minister Tony Blair his re-election, and it was all over the British press. But American newspapers barely mentioned this new evidence that Bush twisted the facts to justify war. The major newspapers ran one or two stories rehashing the British reports. Worse, TV network news shows haven't covered the memo at all.3 Readers of the New York Times recently demanded coverage of the British memo, and the newspaper finally wrote a full story.4 We can do the same for network news.
Please call or email the nightly news programs you watch, at:
ABC World News Tonight
CBS Evening News
NBC Nightly News
PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Identify yourself as a viewer, then say something like:
"Please investigate and report on the British memo suggesting the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to support its plans to invade Iraq. We need to know what really happened. Thank you for your time."
It's important to track our impact. Please let us know you're calling at:
The American media's failure to question the Bush administration led to an unnecessary war. Now the media's failure to cover the war is making it impossible for Americans to unite behind an exit plan. This won't get better until we demand more coverage of the war.
Thank you for all that you do,
–Noah, Wes, Micayla, Matt and the MoveOn.org Team
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
NEWS FLASH : MoveOn joins the fight for the Downing Street Memo!!!
Here's the e-mail I just received from MoveOn.org with the subject heading "Demand networks cover appalling Iraq memo"; it's useful for the e-mail addresses and telephone numbers: