Six years after the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S., it seems the media still have some educational work to do. A new CBS/New York Times poll reveals that even today, 1 in 3 Americans believe that “Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”
This notion was thoroughly debunked by official sources, including those in the White House, years ago, but the myth endures. Polls have shown that belief in this untruth was a prime component in support for the attack on Iraq.
There is, of course, a partisan difference. Dems are the least likely to get this wrong, and Republicans are the most likely to get this wrong. How bad is it? A whopping 40% of Republicans, six years after the attacks, still believe Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11. So, for every five Republicans you meet, on average, two of them are confused about this basic fact.
People, of course, have to take responsibility for keeping up with reality, but it doesn't help when Freedom's Watch keeps deceiving people with mendacious ads.
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