Seems like only ten years ago we faced the same barrage of stenography from the same journalists and organizations previous to the war on Iraq.
What was that President Bush said, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice … don’t get fooled again.” I’m not sure if he was talking to the people or the journalism profession, but they apparently have made up their minds that it wasn’t them.
I could get pretty vitriolic about it, believe me, but there were a lot of hard feelings engendered last time around, some of it due to ad hominem remarks about journalists and news organizations, that given the naivete of the times, and closeness to September 11th, was probably uncalled for. I know, because I was right in the middle of it.
But wee no longer have the luxury of innocence in the current situation. Iraq hasn’t been called America’s greatest strategic blunder in its’ history without good reason. Wars make great stories and sad tales. It is one thing to report on children being killed and quite another to dig the holes to bury them in. It is not the media’s job to provide the shovels, nor can they escape their culpability when they are wrong, even if that culpability goes unreported.