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February 22, 2004

More Lies, More Retractions

Want to see how the Bush rewrites bad news into propaganda?

Don't wait for the 911 Commission or any other CIA-related reviews, since they probably will never reveal all the facts.

Instead, follow this story about how top Bush officials rewrote a report documenting large racial disparities in health care-- a coverup used to justify the Bush budget cuts for spending for the training of health professionals and which would eliminate a $34 million program that recruits blacks and Hispanics for careers as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Here's the details on the study:

The theme of the original report was that members of minorities "tend to be in poorer health than other Americans" and that "disparities are pervasive in our health care system," contributing to higher rates of disease and disability.

By contrast, the final report has an upbeat tone, beginning, "The overall health of Americans has improved dramatically over the last century."

The report was prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, led by Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy. Administration officials said that she and her researchers had fought hard, at some professional risk, to protect the integrity of the report, but eventually went along with the revisions.

"No data or statistics in the report were altered in any way whatsoever," Dr. Clancy said. But a close reading of the evolving report shows that some entries in statistical tables were deleted from the final version.

The final report acknowledges that "some socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and geographic differences exist." It says, "There is no implication that these differences result in adverse health outcomes or imply moral error or prejudice in any way."

This is the key-- they play games with data, hide bad facts, and spin the results.

And in this case, they spin the deaths of black and latino children due to neglect and racism in our health system.

These people are dispicable liars, nothing more, nothing less.

To repeat Josh Marshall on Bush's credibility:

Drip, drip, drip.

Posted by Nathan at February 22, 2004 07:57 AM