Cranberg wants a serious probe of why the press failed in its pre-war reporting

As the war in Iraq nears its fourth anniversary, and with no end in sight, Americans are owed explanations. The Senate Intelligence Committee has promised a report on whether the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence to justify the war against Iraq. An explanation is due also for how the U.S. press helped pave the way for war. An independent and thorough inquiry of pre-war press coverage would be a public service. Not least of the beneficiaries ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Donald Carl Isenman - Feb 11, 2007 - 2:57 PM PST
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Joseph F Dunphy MBA MFP
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by Joseph F Dunphy MBA MFP - Oct. 1, 2008

This is an absolutely brilliant idea. Therefore, it needs no defense. It stands on its own merits. My only suggestion: Let's not have ex-NJ Gov Tom Kean in charge of the Press Commission. This would immeasurably increase the chances for a valid report. IMO, it should also focus on the deliberate omissions of commercial TV stations, with a view toward removing their TV licences for failure to act in the public interest.

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by Donald Carl Isenman - Oct. 1, 2008

Written by a seasoned journalist, this story is well-versed in the subject: Press Deception, whether through fear, self-promotion, financial gain, being on the inside track, &c., the point of the story being the cause of the media failure (and/or even flacking!) in the selling of the Iraq (and now Iran) war(s).

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