Weapons of mass deception
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“Weapons of mass deception is pejorative expression used by some people to describe U.S. President George W. Bush’s claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction as justification for the war on Iraq.
“In a joint study by the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the authors found disparate treatment by the three major cable channels of Republican and Democratic candidates during the earliest five months of presidential primaries in 2007: “The CNN programming studied tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates—by a margin of three-to-one. Four-in-ten stories (41%) were clearly negative while just 14% were positive and 46% were neutral.”
The variation weapons of mass distraction has also been used by pundits and satirists. This punning alteration accuses the Bush administration of using the war in Iraq to draw the nation’s attention away from other problems, such as the economic recession of 2002. The meaning was later inverted to describe Bush’s alleged attempts to divert attention away from the war following a drop in public support for the war.”