Whopper of the Week: Condoleezza Rice

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May 23 2002 3:43 PM

Whopper of the Week: Condoleezza Rice

Abroad at home.

"The overwhelming bulk of the evidence was that this was an attack that was likely to take place overseas."

White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, in a May 16 news briefing.

"Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S."

Title of the CIA's Aug. 6 briefing memo to President Bush, according to "Aug. Memo Focused on Attacks in U.S." by Bob Woodward and Dan Eggen in the May 18 Washington Post. Woodward and Eggen reported that "sources made clear yesterday that the briefing presented to Bush focused on attacks within the United States."

Got a whopper? Send it to chatterbox@slate.com. To be considered, an entry must be an unambiguously false statement paired with an unambiguous refutation, and both must be derived from some appropriately reliable public source. Preference will be given to newspapers and other documents that Chatterbox can link to online.

Whopper Archive:

May 17, 2002: Robert Mueller

May 9, 2002: Karl Rove

May 3, 2002: Gen. Richard Myers

April 25, 2002: Donald Rumsfeld

April 18, 2002: George W. Bush  

April 11, 2002: The Rev. Robert J. Banks, archdiocese of Boston

April 5, 2002: George W. Bush  

Mar. 29, 2002: Major League Baseball

Mar. 21, 2002: Billy Graham

Mar. 14, 2002: INS commissioner James W. Ziglar

Mar. 8, 2002: Robert Zoellick and the U.S. steel industry

Feb. 28, 2002: Al Sharpton

Feb. 22, 2002: Olympic skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne

Feb. 14, 2002: Kenneth Lay

Feb. 8, 2002: Enron spokeswoman Peggy Mahoney

Jan. 31, 2002: Monsanto

Jan. 24, 2002: Linda Chavez

Jan. 17, 2002: George W. Bush

Jan. 10, 2002: Simon & Schuster

Jan. 4, 2002: The Associated Press

(Click  here  to access the Whopper Archive for 2001.)

Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His  book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.