Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The Reporters Who Got Iraq So Wrong

Where Are They Now?
February 6, 2013 - Ten years ago yesterday, Colin Powell made the Bush administration's case for going to war against Iraq. Much of what he said about Iraq's threats to the United States was false. But the media coverage gave the opposite impression, and most of the pundits and journalists who promoted the justifications for the war paid no price for their failures.

As FAIR reported at the time, even before the Powell address there were reasons to be skeptical of the administration's claims. On February 4, 2003, FAIR published "Iraq's Hidden Weapons: From Allegation to Fact," which made the point that "it has not been demonstrated that Iraq continues to hold unconventional weapons." FAIR criticized coverage like that of the New York Times (2/2/03), which asserted that "nobody seriously expected Mr. Hussein to lead inspectors to his stash of illegal poisons or rockets, or to let his scientists tell all."

As the FAIR release concluded:

And None are leading in demanding the Country 'Sacrifice', the peoples reps especially the rubber stampers of certainly aren't while obstructing the countries economic move forward, to not only pay for both wars of choice, as they cheered the abandoning of the main missions that administration and congress were leading with the first drum beats pointed at Iraq, but Especially, DeJa-Vu all over again, the long term results of these wars, a decade plus of not added to the previous decades and the wars of!!

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