Pubdate: Mon, 11 Mar 2002
Source: Beacon Journal, The (OH)
Copyright: 2002 The Beacon Journal Publishing Co.
Author: Mike Plylar


Wasn't it a little disingenuous to feign shock at the President Bush's 
proposal for an Office of Strategic Influence ("Intelligence failure," Our 
Opinion, March 3), when the U.S. news media has even gone so far as to 
accept taxpayer's funding for publishing erroneous propaganda under the 
auspices of America's War on Drugs?

Considering the decades-old policy of providing our citizens 
government-concocted "facts" to support the drug war, which, more often 
than not, fly in the face of science and common sense, how do we separate 
truth from fiction? With such a long history of deceit during the other 
war, how do we know when they're telling us the truth?

One hopes Washington and the nation's press haven't squandered their 
credibility, crying wolf once too often during the drug war debacle, 
because these terrorists appear to be a real threat to our people. But then 
again, whom can we believe?

Mike Plylar Kremmling, Colo. 
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