George W. Bush And The Case of The Not Fake Thanksgiving Turkey

To our heroes overseas it was an example of Bush's bond and deep appreciation for the troops he committed to two wars. It was used to question the integrity of George W. Bush by a biased media looking to attack every move he made.

Sometimes when the mainstream media twists the news into a falsehood, the lie continues for years - even after it's been corrected.

In 2003, President George W. Bush made a surprise trip to spend Thanksgiving dinner with the troops in Iraq.

Stepping into the mess hall, the President eyed a delicious looking tray of turkey and picked it up to the delight of the troops in attendance and the press photographers who snapped the picture above.

But as the Washington Times reports, when the mainstream media is against you, no good deed goes unpunished.

One week after the visit, Politico's Mike Allen, who was then with the Washington Post, wrote that the turkey was a centerpiece decoration, and was never served to the troops. The incident was coined "Turkey-gate" and the President was skewered by the mainstream media for staging news with a fake turkey.  

The reality is that the turkey, although meant to be a centerpiece, was an honest-to-goodness cooked bird.

Tim Blair, a columnist at The Daily Telegraph in Australia, counted more than 70 instances of people incorrectly claiming the turkey was fake during the first three years after that Thanksgiving of 2003:
The list ranges from bloggers to major journalistic figures, and also includes John F. Kerry, Howard Dean and Wesley Clark, all vying to be Mr. Bush’s opponent in the 2004 election; Al Franken, a comedian who would go on to win a seat in the U.S. Senate; and filmmaker Michael Moore. In each case, the argument was the same: Mr. Bush was as fake as the turkey.
The picture of Bush and the turkey became iconic. To our heroes overseas, it was an example of Bush's bond and deep appreciation for the troops he committed to two wars.  To the mainstream press, it was an opportunity to question the integrity of George W. Bush and to attack every move he made.

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