Here’s the headline and first paragraph from a Reuters article about recent comments made Lance Armstrong:
Lance Armstrong says U.S. should focus on cancer war
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong on Sunday said the United States, which is embroiled in a costly war in Iraq, should focus more effort on a war facing many Americans — the one against cancer.
Wow. The way this article puts it Lance seems to be calling for a diversion of funds away from the war in Iraq and to cancer research. But is that really what he’s saying?
Not at all, as it turns out:
“I’m not saying that spending on wars and terrorism is a bad thing,” Armstrong said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
Yet despite the fact that Armstrong states, directly, that he doesn’t have a problem with the money being spent in the war on terrorism Reuters still draws another comparison between that kind of spending and spending on cancer research later in the article:
The National Cancer Institute received $4.8 billion in fiscal 2005, and although it requested more for 2006, its funding is expected to be unchanged.
The U.S. government has spent about $300 billion since late 2001 fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. About two-thirds of that was for Iraq.
Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have a political agenda.
By Rob Port of Say Anything.