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Moyers on "Buying the War"

There was a program on PBS last night - a Bill Moyer's Special titled "Buying the War", that is getting lots of buzz. I haven't seen it yet, but I've located a link (see below) to watch it online -- if you're interested.

Here's the promo copy:

Four years ago on May 1, President Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln wearing a flight suit and delivered a speech in front of a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner. He was hailed by media stars as a "breathtaking" example of presidential leadership in toppling Saddam Hussein. Despite profound questions over the failure to locate weapons of mass destruction and the increasing violence in Baghdad, many in the press confirmed the White House's claim that the war was won. MSNBC's Chris Matthews declared, "We're all neo-cons now;" NPR's Bob Edwards said, "The war in Iraq is essentially over;" and Fortune magazine's Jeff Birnbaum said, "It is amazing how thorough the victory in Iraq really was in the broadest context."

How did the mainstream press get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 continue to go largely unreported? "What the conservative media did was easy to fathom; they had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President -- no questions asked. How mainstream journalists suspended skepticism and scrutiny remains an issue of significance that the media has not satisfactorily explored," says Moyers. "How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?"

And here's a link to the PBS website - Bill Moyer's Journal - "Buying the War". It appears the program is broken into chapters that are 10-12 minutes in length, so you don't need to invest an entire hour at one sitting to watch.


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Comments (2)

Hey jhow - haven't seen you for a month or so -- how did the 30 day rehab go? Are you clean and sober?

civil behavior:

The Moyers show was well done even as a rehash for all the things any good progressive knows were all the reasons why NOT to go to war.

I'll be looking forward to his Friday night show and hope the righties watch so they can begin to wake from the somnambulist spproach they have had to government in the last 6 years.


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