The War in Iraq and Why the Media Failed Us
  • The War in Iraq and Why the Media Failed Us
  • The War in Iraq and Why the Media Failed Us

The War in Iraq and Why the Media Failed Us

by David Dadge, Danny Schechter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275987663

ISBN-13: 9780275987664

Pub. Date: 07/30/2006

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Polls show that a sizeable portion of the American population believes that troops found WMD in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein was somehow responsible for the attacks of September 11. Even after the 9/11 Commission Report and numerous other reports have concluded that our intelligence was flawed, people in the freest nation on earth continue to be misinformed about

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Overview

Polls show that a sizeable portion of the American population believes that troops found WMD in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein was somehow responsible for the attacks of September 11. Even after the 9/11 Commission Report and numerous other reports have concluded that our intelligence was flawed, people in the freest nation on earth continue to be misinformed about something that could not be more vital to understand—the reasons for sending troops into harm's way. This insightful analysis argues that the media should have done a better job of performing its traditional role of skeptic and watchdog, and it examines what went wrong.

There are, of course, many people whose support for going to war in Iraq was not contingent on the existence of WMD or a connection to al-Qaeda. But many others based their support for the war on misinformation. Dadge explores why the media did not aggressively investigate the claims made by the administration and intelligence agencies; in short, why they did not do their job: to fully inform the citizenry to the best of their ability. He examines pressures from the Bush administration, pressures from corporate consolidation of media ownership, patriotism and self-censorship, and other factors. He concludes with recommendations for ways in which the media can improve their reporting on government.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275987664
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

The Road to Awe

When President Bites Watchdog

The Arm's Length Principle

All Quiet on the Home Front

The Prison, the General and the Flexible Broadcaster

Concentrating on Bias

Mea Pulpa

Reintroducing the Skeptic's Test

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