Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Iraq Follies
Eighteen things you've already forgotten about the media's flawed coverage of Iraq.

Greg Mitchell
March 11, 2008

In putting together my new book, So Wrong for So Long, on Iraq and the media, I revisited the good, the bad, and the ugly in war coverage from the run-up to the invasion through the five years of controversy that followed. Even though I monitored the coverage closely all along, I was continually surprised to come across once-prominent names, quotes, and incidents that had faded to obscurity. Here is a list of 18 of those nearly forgotten episodes, in roughly chronological order.

1) The day before the invasion, Bill O'Reilly said, "If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation; I will not trust the Bush administration again, all right?"

2) Phil Donahue lost his show at MSNBC, he later claimed, because he did not wave the flag enough. A leaked NBC memo confirmed Donahue's suspicion, noting that the host "presents a difficult public face for NBC in a time of war.... At the same time our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity."

3) After the fall of Baghdad, MSNBC's Chris Matthews declared, "We're all neocons now." ...[Open in new window]
Sad but all true. I remember. War fever swept the USA. The mentally retarded people in my building all had flags on their doors. I think they clipped them out of the big daily in town.

They watch the TV in the lobby a lot. FOX NEWS & documentaries about Hitler on the 'History' (Hitler?) Channel are popular.

Supporters of Bush's war & mental retardation? Bingo! That's about right.


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