Banging the War Drums

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Spent a snippet of Sunday morning on CNN’s Reliable Sources debating just how badly the press performed prior to the Iraq invasion, which began 10 years ago Tuesday.

Host Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post‘s Rajiv Chandrasekaran, former long-time NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis and your Battleland scribe survey the media’s hits, runs and errors before the conflict turned kinetic.

Consensus: despite the challenges associated with reporting on questionable intelligence claims, the press could have – and, more vitally, should have — done more to pry into the Bush Administration’s case for war.

You can see the segment here or read it here.

Don_Bacon 1 Like

The authoritative guide to the journalistic malfeasance which brings us continual war is Norman Solomon's "War Made Easy -- How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death."  Reporter must be loyal government stenographers or they aren't reporters any longer.

Dan Rather, an iconic US journalist: "Look I'm an American. I never tried to kid anybody that I'm some internationalist or something. And when my country is at war, I want my country to win, whatever the definition of 'win' might be. Now, I can't and don't argue that that is coverage without prejudice. About that I am prejudiced." So Dan brought us through the criminal war against Vietnam and the Nixon presidency.  -- from Norman Solomon's "War Made Easy"  -- How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.

NZAircraftFan 1 Like

I always said there no WMD for the simple reason the UN spent years looking for them and found nothing . So I do think the CIA were asked by GW Bush to find so called evidence of WMD just so the US could invade Iraq


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