Wish-Fulfilment As News

John Rentoul

chilcot 222x300 Wish Fulfilment As NewsNext in my Catch-Up Service, in the Mail on Sunday, 31 July, there was a Chilcot-by-numbers front-page anti-war wish-fulfilment special. It was loosely based on a report by my colleague Jane Merrick in The Independent on Sunday the previous weekend, that the Inquiry was preparing to send letters to people who might be criticised in the report (which it has not yet done).

The “news” consisted of a list of four things that “everyone knows”, including that a sofa is a decision with which one disagrees, hence “sofa government”. Two others are standard anti-war propaganda: Blair lied and signed in blood on Bush’s dotted line. Only the fourth is fair comment, namely that Bush and Blair failed to prepare adequately for what came afterwards, although the Mail on Sunday repeats that “estimates for the number of Iraqi dead vary from 100,000 to 650,000″. No, they do not.

Needless to add, this non-story was around the world in hours and for days.

Truth still can’t find her boots, let alone put them on. We think Saddam hid them in Syria.

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