So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits--and the President--Failed on Iraq
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It is often said that a free press is the watchdog of democracy, insuring that the conduct of our leaders is examined with a critical eye. This makes Greg Mitchell the watchdog of watchdogs, as tracking the performance of the media is his priority at Editor and Publisher, the influential magazine of the newspaper industry. In 2003, Greg Mitchell was one of the few journalists to question the grounds for the war in Iraq. Today, Mitchell looks ahead at lessons for the future with an original introduction and connecting material that updates and unifies his original essays and scrutiny of America's media coverage. With more than 75 of Mitchell's columns, this book provides a unique history of the conflict, from the hyped "weapons of mass destruction" stories to the "surge."
is about zero. There’s just too much there.” George Will suggested that Powell’s speech would “change all minds open to evidence.” As recently as a week ago—following weapons inspector Hans Blix’s report to the United Nations and the president’s State of the Union address—more than two-thirds of the nation’s leading editorial pages, we found, called for the release of more detailed evidence and increased diplomatic maneuvering. The 80-minute presentation by Powell seems to have silenced most of
Us Meaning) told E&P, “I don’t get on press buses.” He warned that the embedding would not result in an “accurate picture,” pointing out that when “you rely on the military for transportation,” you just know they are “not going to drive the press vehicle to sites if things go terribly wrong.” He added: “Most reporters at war are part of the problem. You always go out and look for that narrative, like the hometown hero, to give the war a kind of coherency that it doesn’t have.” At this point, I
Mortenson informed me. “He seemed pretty down.” Mortenson, 36, had met Sites this past spring, during the first, aborted assault on Fallujah, and found him to be a fair and diligent journalist, and one who had previously covered wars in Afghanistan and Kosovo. He shared with me some of the e-mail he has received since writing a lengthy defense of his friend on Sunday: • “That you would consider the death of a terrorist as something bad tells me all I need to know about you.” • “Sorry, I may
President Bush got the fateful resolution from Congress that enabled him to go to war any time he wanted. Few expected him to actually wait until the following March. The day after the congressional vote, The Washington Post recorded that 126 House Democrats came out against the final resolution; but, as Walter Pincus, one of the few reporters at the paper who pushed for more skeptical coverage of WMD, later observed, “None was quoted giving a reason for his or her vote except for Rep. Joe Baca
are passionate about revenue-sharing agreements.” AUGUST For years, polls had shown that large numbers of Americans continue to falsely believe that some of the 9/11 hijackers came from Iraq. In reality, the overwhelming number hailed from Saudi Arabia. Now it turned out that our ally is also home to the largest number of so-called “foreign fighters” in Iraq, despite administration efforts—aided by many in the media—to paint Iran and Syria as the main outside culprits there. The Los