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Media Matters – Still lapdogs: Media figures host Bush’s rehabilitation tour

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Still lapdogs: Media figures host Bush’s rehabilitation tour

Numerous media figures have interviewed former President George W. Bush following the November 9 release of his book, Decision Points. Bush and his interviewers used these interviews as an opportunity to rewrite his presidency by promoting false claims and misinformation about Bush’s tenure.

CLAIM: Bush falsely claims “everybody,” “all of us” thought Saddam had WMDs during interviews with Hannity and Van Susteren.

CLAIM: Bush claims, “We just didn’t have any solid record of intelligence that gave us a warning” on the 9-11 attacks.

CLAIM: Bush advances disputed claim that waterboarding “saved lives.”

CLAIM: Limbaugh misleadingly suggests Bush “inherited a terrorism crisis” and an “economic crisis” from President Clinton.

CLAIM: Limbaugh and Bush blame “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the whole subprime mortgage mess” on Democrats.

CLAIM: Bush repeats falsehood that tax cuts on the rich help small businesses.

CLAIM: Hannity and Limbaugh allow Bush to claim that he wanted to “change the tone” in Washington by not engaging in “name-calling.”

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