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Give Knight Ridder a Little Credit
Via Dan Froomkin in the Washington Post:
Allegre , who keeps a diary on the liberal Daily Kos blog, reprints the e-mail she got in reply to her note about the Downing Street memo from John Walcott, Washington bureau chief for Knight Ridder newspapers:
Writes Walcott: "Knight Ridder was, in fact, the first American news
organization (more than a week before our local paper here in Washington) to write about the Downing Street memo and the light it shed on the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq.
"And almost six months before the memo was written, in early February
2002, we reported that the President had decided to oust Saddam Hussein and ordered his advisors to begin preparing plans for doing so. To read this and all our other Iraq coverage (we were the only news organization to consistently challenge the administration's assertions about Iraq's WMD programs and ties to al Qaida, go to
http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/ and click on the Iraq
intelligence and preparations for war buttons. Please feel free to share
that link with anyone else you think might be interested."