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.