Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy

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What happens when Washington, D.C. pundits and journalists run in the same social circles as the powerful people they cover? When the President and his administration trade press access for loyalty? You get a complicit, uncritical press greasing the skids to a brutal war, conspiring to out a CIA agent, and muddying the waters of a grand jury investigation. In the fearful aftermath of 9/11, much of America’s pride — its free press — became an unquestioning propaganda arm.

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Overview

What happens when Washington, D.C. pundits and journalists run in the same social circles as the powerful people they cover? When the President and his administration trade press access for loyalty? You get a complicit, uncritical press greasing the skids to a brutal war, conspiring to out a CIA agent, and muddying the waters of a grand jury investigation. In the fearful aftermath of 9/11, much of America’s pride — its free press — became an unquestioning propaganda arm.

Marcy Wheeler’s Anatomy of Deceit documents how the media promoted the Bush administration’s justification for war — that Iraq was on the verge of acquiring weapons of mass destruction — even though much of it was debunked. And it provides a play-by-play account of how Vice President Dick Cheney’s office first used the media to target a critic, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, and then to avoid criminal charges in the CIA leak case.

While the media was beating the drums of war and cozying up to the administration, citizen journalists were digging for the truth. Wheeler's compelling account tells the story, as it needs to be told — from outside the Beltway's cocktail circuit.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780979176104
  • Publisher: Vaster Books
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcy Wheeler blogs under the name "emptywheel" at the political blog The Next Hurrah. Her PhD and academic background — relating to citizen journalism at times of heavy propaganda — brings a unique perspective to her blogging and the CIA leak case. Several of her posts have scooped the mainstream media's coverage of the Plame Affair, including her coverage of Scooter Libby's NIE leaks. She is a self-employed business consultant based in Ann Arbor, MI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Comprehensive view of the story underlying the Libby trial

    Wheeler has a remarkable grasp of the details of the conversations, documents, news coverage, and Federal investigation related to the Office of the Vice President of the United States' efforts to discredit former Ambassador Joe Wilson when he dared challenge the intelligence the Bush Administration used to justify the attack of Iraq. Wheeler's book is very readable, and includes an excellent timeline and 256 footnotes for those who want more. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    This book is bursting with information!

    Well written, this book answers questions you never knew you had! I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to understand the vast complexities of this administrations lies, and the corporate media's mendacity and submission to the will of Bush/Cheney.

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