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The Lancet's Political Hit
Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/9/8

Posted on 01/10/2008 7:44:28 AM PST by ZGuy

Three weeks before the 2006 elections, the British medical journal Lancet published a bombshell report estimating that casualties in Iraq had exceeded 650,000 since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. We know that number was wildly exaggerated. The news is that now we know why.

It turns out the Lancet study was funded by anti-Bush partisans and conducted by antiwar activists posing as objective researchers. It also turns out the timing was no accident.

Skeptics at the time (including us) pointed to the Lancet study's manifold methodological flaws. What the National Journal adds is that the Lancet study was funded by billionaire George Soros's Open Society Institute. The two co-authors, Gilbert Burnham and Les Roberts of Johns Hopkins University opposed the war from the outset and sent their report to the Lancet on the condition that it be published before the election.

Then there is Lancet Editor Richard Horton, "who agreed to rush the study into print, with an expedited peer review process and without seeing the surveyors' original data. He has also made no secret of his politics, 'This axis of Anglo-American imperialism extends its influence through war and conflict, gathering power and wealth as it goes, so millions of people are left to die in poverty and disease.'"

We also learn that the key person involved in collecting the Lancet data was Iraqi researcher Riyadh Lafta, who has failed to follow customary scientific practice. Mr. Lafta had been an official in Saddam's ministry of health.

In other words, the Lancet study could hardly be more unreliable. Yet it was trumpeted by the political left because it fit a narrative that they wanted to believe. And it wasn't challenged by much of the press because it told them what they wanted to hear. The truth was irrelevant.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: enemypropaganda; johnshopkins; junkscience; lancet; soros

1 posted on 01/10/2008 7:44:29 AM PST by ZGuy
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To: ZGuy

Not a surprise, but still Wow at the audacity.


2 posted on 01/10/2008 7:45:32 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: ZGuy

To those on the political left, the truth was irrelevant,
the truth is irrelevant,
and the truth will be irrelevant.


3 posted on 01/10/2008 7:51:51 AM PST by flowerplough (Thompson should be the next president and Reagan should be the next face on Mt. Rushmore)
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To: ZGuy

The left have taken over almost all of our academic and journalistic institutions. They have ruthlessly driven out those who disagree with their point of view.

Now, with no one inside left to challenge their dogma, they are using their power to pursue their political agenda without any regard for truth, balance, or scientific method.

Fortunately, the internet and blogosphere have risen up as a counterbalance. You can expect relentless attacks against all of these naysayers.


4 posted on 01/10/2008 7:57:07 AM PST by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida Worldwide)
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To: centurion316

Doesn’t Paul Harvey referrence the British journal Lancet often. I hope he can address the issue.

The Lancet lied and should not have printed the lies.


5 posted on 01/10/2008 8:07:12 AM PST by healy61
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To: ZGuy
And this is the quoted figure that noted Foreign Policy Expert Rosie O'Donnell used in labeling America as a terrorist.

These anti-war Dhim-bulbs are so pathetic.

6 posted on 01/10/2008 8:08:45 AM PST by kromike
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To: healy61
Doesn’t Paul Harvey referrence the British journal Lancet often.

Didn't know that. I know he does an odd anti-Iraq war rant periodically. He's pretty clueless for political or cultural commentary nowadays. Some people have their 15 minutes and it's up. His appears to be more like 56 years as a syndicated broadcaster, which I acknowledge is not too shabby.

Liked him better during the Nixon years.

7 posted on 01/10/2008 8:36:42 AM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: ZGuy
Where are the consequences for the dishonesty? When will these liars lose their positions?

NEVER!

And *that*, my friends, is the problem, in a nutshell.

As far as I can recall, the Rathergate affair is the *only* time that the liars paid a price for their behavior.

8 posted on 01/10/2008 8:46:16 AM PST by cooldog (Islam is a criminal conspiracy to commit mass murder ... deal with it!)
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To: ZGuy

referance ping


9 posted on 01/10/2008 8:57:46 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: ZGuy

The WHO recently pared this figure down to 150,000. To put this in perspective, there were more than 80,000 fatalities by homicide in the US during the same time frame. And then there’s the annual culling of the herd on US highways.


10 posted on 01/10/2008 8:59:48 AM PST by sono (I'm an optimistic realist. I look at the glass half full and ask: "Are you're gonna drink that?")
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To: ZGuy

see my “paranoid” vanity from November. The same physician received the complimentary subscription for about 2 months, now stopped.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1734101/posts


11 posted on 01/10/2008 9:19:42 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: ZGuy

Yet the media repeats that number without qualification. Why? Because it fits the media template.


12 posted on 01/10/2008 9:30:34 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Abolish the CIA, give the job to the Free Clinic who know how to stop leaks.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

This is a tragedy. The Lancet is one of the oldest medical journals in circulation. In fact, I once subscribed. To see it become a political tool is just devastating.


13 posted on 01/10/2008 9:44:54 AM PST by AZFolks
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To: AZFolks

not to pester, but please see my post #11


14 posted on 01/10/2008 9:49:12 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

That reminds me — this post qualifies as “Extended News”!


15 posted on 01/10/2008 10:01:39 AM PST by ZGuy
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To: AZFolks
This is a tragedy. The Lancet is one of the oldest medical journals in circulation. In fact, I once subscribed. To see it become a political tool is just devastating.

The father of a friend of mine was a one time editor of The Lancet. He was one of the most moral and ethical people I have ever met...can't imagine this sort of thing happening during his watch.

It is indeed a tragedy.

16 posted on 01/10/2008 10:11:34 AM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: ZGuy

That’s the “peer-reviewed” Lancet. This wasn’t one rogue statistician.


17 posted on 01/10/2008 10:21:15 AM PST by agere_contra (Do not confuse the wealth of nations with the wealth of government - FDT)
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To: ZGuy

According to a real count at IRAQ BODY COUNT ( http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ ) the number is about 80K right now and the civilians killed by the coalition in year 2006 was about 526. In year 2005 civilians killed by the coalition was about 350.

Far cry from that nonsense that the left foams over.


18 posted on 01/10/2008 10:27:59 AM PST by avacado
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To: cooldog
“As far as I can recall, the Rathergate affair is the *only* time that the liars paid a price for their behavior.”

That price was paid only because of economic sanctions that were going into effect from the general population. That is the only way to stop this rush to socialism. Wherever possible Lancet subscriptions need to be canceled and advertisers contacted. It works and it is the only thing that works. There is no ‘fairness doctrine’.

19 posted on 01/10/2008 10:38:51 AM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: flowerplough
Truth to the Left is that which advances them toward their goals. Factuality is irrelevant.
20 posted on 01/10/2008 4:01:43 PM PST by Jacquerie (Only an incredibly wealthy nation could be foolish enough to believe the manmade global warming myth)
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To: cooldog
Rathergate.

A new low, now largely forgotten of course. For the first time a small group of self styled objective “journalists” decided to take down a sitting President with a 100% fabricated story. Their fraud was timed for maximum effect. They did everything they could to make their crime appear legitimate.

I haven’t watched SeeBS since the early 1980s and do not understand why anyone else would. Ever.

21 posted on 01/10/2008 4:14:05 PM PST by Jacquerie (Only an incredibly wealthy nation could be foolish enough to believe the manmade global warming myth)
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To: ZGuy

The way the lefties wanted to believe this report echoes the way they want to believe anything about Global Warming.


22 posted on 01/10/2008 4:25:58 PM PST by PeterFinn (A muslim in the White House would be an Obamination.)
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