Subj: Imminence Front
Ms. Zerbisias seems to be Canada's answer to Molly Ivins. I've engaged her in an e-mail exchange over the above quote, pointing out that the TV producer was 100% correct.
She disagreed, contending she was, at that moment, watching a videotape of him saying just that. When I asked for the specific cite and context, she responded with:
A script for PBS Frontline
Upon reading the entire script (composed of sound bites) I noted out that, in no statement, had President Bush claimed Iraq constituted an "imminent threat" to America (though Bill Clinton certainly had, back in 1998-9). She then changed her point of reference to the following phrase:
Pres. GEORGE W. BUSH: The Iraqi regime could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes.
Which, I reminded her, had originally been cited by Tony Blair, come from British intelligence sources -- and, in context, had referred only to Iraq's neighbors.
I eagerly await Ms. Zerbisias' next riposte.
She apparently hung an entire column on one willful mischaracterization. And, of course, she won't give it up -- just like dear Molly.
Makes one wonder, though, if the DNC's talking points memos have international distribution...