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  •  Let's recall NBC, circa 2002 (4+ / 0-)

    Circular references are a no/no in financial modeling, but they're a must in galvanizing support for a cause.....

    Bush's War

    NEWSCASTER: From NBC News in Washington, this is Meet the Press.

    NEWSCASTER: Today on Face the Nation, Condoleezza Rice on Iraq and Iran and-

    NEWSCASTER: From Washington, This Week with ABC News chief-

    NARRATOR: The administration would also use the media to promote its case. September 8, 2002, was the kickoff. It began with a New York Times story.

    ["Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium."]

    NARRATOR: The source of the story had been the administration itself.

    TOM ROSENSTIEL, Dir., Project for Excellence in Journalism: We now know that you had people on the vice president's staff talking to key reporters doing these stories for The Times.

    NARRATOR: The same day the story broke in the newspaper, the vice president and others referenced it on television.

    CONDOLEEZA RICE, National Security Adviser: [CNN "Late Edition," September 8, 2002] Iraq- for instance, of aluminum tubes that really are only-

    TOM ROSENSTIEL: Those stories would appear, and then they would reference the very material that they'd given them and say, "See? This is coming from The New York Times, not just us."

    Vice Pres. DICK CHENEY: ["Meet the Press," September 8, 2002] -tubes. There's a story in The New York Times this morning- this is- and I want to attribute The Times. I don't want to talk about-

    TOM ROSENSTIEL: It had an echo effect. It had an echo effect that the administration was conscious of, and employed.

    NARRATOR: The allegation that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear program would become a part of the public debate.

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    by PatriciaVa on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:44:41 PM PST

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