November 20, 2007

Laura Rozen has the scoop on how Ari Fleischer's Freedom's Watch has been hard at work test marketing the right message that could be used to convince you that we need a war with Iran. Laura Rozen has corrected her story:

The following article is an updated and revised version of a piece first posted on November 19, 2007. That piece misidentified Freedom's Watch as the sponsor of the focus group described below. We regret the error.

Laura Sonnenmark ... drove to the offices of Martin Focus Groups in Alexandria, Virginia, knowing she would be paid $150 for two hours of her time. After joining a half dozen other women in a conference room, she found, to her surprise, that she had been called in to help some of the country's most prominent hawks test-market language that could be used to sell a war against Iran to the American public. "The whole basis of the whole thing was, 'we're going to go into Iran and what do we have to do to get you guys to along with it,'" Sonnenmark, 49, tells Mother Jones.

The client paying for the focus group session, according to Sonnemark, was Freedom's Watch on

Also, The Economist took a closer look at an oft cited Ayatollah Khomeini (mis)quote often used to bolster calls for an attack on Iran by neo-con patriarch and Giuliani Middle East adviser Norman Podhoretz, and says "it now appears likely that this quote is bogus." Sullivan has more.

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