Sunday, January 13, 2008

Time For Soros To MoveOn From His Lying
But what would you expect from a Democrat?

A none-too-stunning expose of liberal lying at it's best (worst). Take a few minutes and read this. This blows the lid off the of lie from CNN & Friends that they aren't just a bunch of limp-wristed, terrorist appeasing surrender monkeys.

From the New York Post; (emphasis mine)

$OROS' IRAQ DEATH STUDY WAS A SHAM
By TODD VENEZIA
January 10, 2008 -- Anti-Bush billionaire George Soros helped finance a dubious study of Iraqi casualties that was rushed into print on the eve of the 2006 elections, according to a new report. Soros, who gave more than $20 million to prevent President Bush's re-election, contributed $45,000 of the $145,000 that was spent on the study, the National Journal disclosed.
The study, which The Lancet, a British medical journal, published three weeks before the midterm elections, made major headlines around the world with claims that some 650,000 Iraqis died in the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein and the ensuing chaos.

Two of the study's co-authors told the National Journal that they opposed the war and submitted their findings to Lancet with the insistence that it appear before the election. Much of the data for the study, which was organized by Johns Hopkins University, was collected by Iraqi researcher Riyadh Lafta, who once worked for Saddam, the National Journal said.

Soros, who has an estimated fortune of more than $8 billion, has backed various left-wing and anti-Bush groups, such as MoveOn.org. A Soros spokesman did not return a request for comment.

The 650,000 figure was regarded with skepticism when the study appeared because it was vastly higher than estimates by the US government (30,000) and the Iraqi government (50,000). Even an antiwar activist group, Iraq Body Count, claimed 45,000 dead, a fraction of the Lancet figure.

Many anti-war activists received The Lancet numbers with glee, and touted it as an example of US lying. But the National Journal found that some of the methods used to gather data seemed designed to boost that death count. The researchers interviewed far fewer people than were spoken to for other casualty studies, and seemed to focus on places where people were more likely to be killed, it said.

The Lancet seemed to be distancing itself from the data, the National Journal said. "Anything [the authors] can do to strengthen the credibility of the Lancet paper would be very welcome," said Lancet editor Richard Horton.

Yesterday, the Iraqi government and the World Health Organization released a new study which used similar methodology to the Johns Hopkins researchers, but concluded 151,000 Iraqis died of violence in the three years after the U.S.-led invasion.
And here's some of the actual article from The National Journal concerning the Soros funded fraudulent study; (emphasis mine)

CBS News called the report a "new and stunning measure of the havoc the American invasion unleashed in Iraq." CNN began its report this way: "War has wiped out about 655,000 Iraqis, or more than 500 people a day, since the U.S.-led invasion, a new study reports." Within a week, the study had been featured in 25 news shows and 188 articles in U.S. newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Editorials in many major newspapers cited the Lancet article as further evidence that the invasion of Iraq was a bad idea, and the liberal blogosphere ridiculed Bush for his response. Prominent mainstream media outlets quoted various academics who vouched for the study's methodology, including some who said they had reviewed the data before publication.

Democrats who had opposed Bush's Iraq campaign embraced the report. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., for example, issued a statement saying that the "new study is a chilling and somber reminder of the unacceptably high human cost of this war.... We must not stay on the same failed course any longer." Such remarks, amplified by myriad articles, broadcasts, and blogs, helped to cement Americans' increasingly negative perceptions of the war. "For those who wanted to believe it, it gave them a new number to circulate, [and] it was a defining moment" in attitudes toward the war, said pollster John Zogby, who commended the report in a CNN interview.

The Lancet II article was also publicized widely overseas, especially in the Middle East. One Al Jazeera pundit said that the study revealed "what is surely the greatest crime in human history." A Pakistani columnist declared, "According to [the] highly reputed Lancet, an English science and medical journal, 650,000 Iraqis have been killed since the American invasion ... to fulfill the imperial lust of Washington and its cohorts."
Of the number of Iraqis who died... how many were members of Husseins army that fought against us, and even more important, how many were Iraqi civilians who were killed by the terrorists? It's become commonplace to turn on the news and hear of yet again, another bomb going off in a market place, killing scores of women and children.

I'll admit that 151,000 is a huge number, but it's nowhere near the flat out lie of almost two thirds of a million dead. Yeah... Soros and his lackeys are only a half million off.

1 Comments:

Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Vir--

i wrote something related, but the ibg thing is, that only one study has tabulated only confirmed deaths, and they arrive at the figure 50,ooo.

The brits are saying it's a bad study, because it only counts dead people known to be dead.

2:11 PM  

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