MEDIA WATCH: 9/11 Commission has Bush feeling the heat

With the situation in Iraq showing few signs of moving towards stability, the 9/11 Commission has forced the Bush administration to once again defend its policies. Further complicating the issue was the publishing of Richard Clarke's exposé of the White House's alleged terrorism gaffes. Clarke was not seen as blameless, but rather as another focal point in what will surely be one of the most heated election years in recent memory.

With the situation in Iraq showing few signs of moving towards stability, the 9/11 Commission has forced the Bush administration to once again defend its policies. Further complicating the issue was the publishing of Richard Clarke's exposé of the White House's alleged terrorism gaffes. Clarke was not seen as blameless, but rather as another focal point in what will surely be one of the most heated election years in recent memory.

Most frequent messages 1. Richard Clarke's book tested the credibility of the White House 2. 9/11 Commission provides even more heat during an election year 3. President Bush was too preoccupied with Iraq 4. White House denounced Clarke's comments 5. Both the Clinton and Bush administrations ignored warnings Based on 50 newspaper editorials and columns appearing the week of March 22, 2004 Evaluation and analysis by Delahaye Medialink

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