Chris Matthews called the White House hypocritical for its demand that the media tell the full (i.e. positive) story of the Iraq occupation—while at the same time Bush won’t allow the media to show coffins of U.S. soldiers returning home. At right, Nicolle Wallace, the White House communications director, being interviewed by Matthews.
Matthews: “Well I am just going to stick to this point that the president led us in there with the background music of American culture. Everybody was led to believe that we were getting payback, we were avenging what happened on 9/11 and that we are going to get them. Vice President Cheney said we are going to attack terrorism at its base. Over and over the language was, this is where it came from, in fact most recently the President suggested that it was always the hot pursuit, like a new York police chase, we chased them back into their country. We pursued the terrorists back to Iraq and it’s all nonsense. The reason there are terrorists in Iraq today like Zarqawi is we created the opening by blowing the country apart.