He declared that on March 5. A Week or so earlier, Dick Cheney complained on national TV that "there's a constant sort of perception, if you will, that's created because what's newsworthy is the car bomb in Baghdad." Evidently. with Judith Miller forced to the sidelines, it's been harder to manipulate the press.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, things continue to deteriorate, as an official report leaked by a government official to the NYT shows (article linked above). Interestingly, the report came out in January, weeks before the shrine bombing that sparked the recent wave of violence.
So why do Cheney publicly contradict what their own underlings on the ground are telling them? Isn't that called lying--and isn't lying about matters of war and peace fatal to democracy?