Thursday, August 28

Careful Readers Take Note - The media and those who use/abuse them tend to repeat information long after it's been proven false. You will often find factoids from an old, widely-publicized story reiterated in new reports, even though a well-researched story in the interim has cast doubt on its veracity. This is especially true with regard to statistics and evidence used to support policy positions. I'm sure this has something to do with the primacy effect -- not to mention the repetition that comes with matters discussed in the echo chamber of politics.

With that in mind, I herewith present this L.A. Times piece about the intelligence community's latest thinking on Iraqi WMD. Next time you see a pundit pontificating about Saddam's weapons, try to remember what we now know, not just what's been repeated the most.