This Wednesday night on PBS, Bill Moyers’ Journal looks at how the mainstream media was complicit in selling the war in Iraq to the American public.
Remember Bush’s fake press conference right before the initial invasion, where all the questions were pre-screened and only certain reporters were called on. Does anybody even remember that, now?
Obviously Bush Cheney Rumsfeld Powell and Rice bear most of the blame for getting us into an unneccessary and unwinnable war (as George Bush Senior correctly knew it would be). But the mainstream media also played a critical role in selling the war to the public, instead of asking the tough questions that should have been asked before the fact, not after the fact.
[i]Journalists were “shocked and traumatized by the atrocities of 9/11, of people hurling themselves out of 50-story windows in the World Trade Center,” PBS newsman Bill Moyers says. “Their natural response was to rally around the troops, make sure the commander-in-chief got the perpetrators.”
But that led most news organizations to “suspend their skepticism” of an administration bent on war in Iraq, he says, and that contributed to the “great blunder.”[/i]