Philip Jacob

Alternate Realities

· Philip Jacob

What has amazed me since Jesus told Dubya to invade Iraq (to take away their WMD…, no I mean, to attack the al Qaeda there… no, I mean that Freedom is on the march!) has been the popular misconception that Saddam Hussein’s regime was directly involved with the 9/11 attacks.

According to a Knight-Ridder survey in 2003, 44% of Americans surveyed believed this. In September 2004, that number had plummeted to … 42%. In effect, almost half the population has a misconception about one of the most important events in recent American history.

For some reason, during the past two months, this number seems to have dropped off to around 20%, which I suppose represents some kind of an improvement that only 1/5th of America has bad information.

Should I be surprised about the information gap between the Kerry supporters and the Bush supporters? It’s a rhetorical question. Don’t answer.