Q: Larry, just to be clear....Are you saying that none of those allegations were credible?....Have any of them been investigated, and were any substantiated?
MR. DI RITA: ....When a specific, credible allegation of this nature were to be received, we would take it quite seriously. But we've not seen specific, credible allegations.
Which, of course, is an inarguable lie. In fact, the Pentagon had seen specific credible allegations, and it now concedes that Koran abuse occurred.
There are only two little things that I want to bring up:
1) DiRita, even though he clearly lied to reporters, will not be fired. I'm sure he won't even apologize. I'm curious, though, will there be enough media attention to this lie to cause the administration to give some sort of excuses for him? If so, what will those excuses be? Seems like he's trapped to me, but I've learned never to underestimate republican wiggling abilities.
2) Isn't a blatant and inarguable lie by a government official enough to warrant a little mainstream media attention? I know, I know, they lie all the time, but they always hide behind the "we thought the WMD were there" trope. I don't see how that's possible here. DiRita must have known about the credible, specific allegations. And he obviously lied in a classic sense: with malice and intent to decieve. If for no other reason, you'd think the mainstream media would want to report on it because it directly concerns them. If they don't get the info, they don't have anything to report on. Surely shaming the Pentagon into telling the truth all the time is something in which they have a vested interested.