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So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits--and the President--Failed on Iraq Paperback – March 4, 2008
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In this pertinent but ego-driven compilation of writings on the Iraq War, Mitchell, editor of media industry magazine Editor & Publisher, argues that, from the outset, the press did not adequately question the reasoning behind American operations in Iraq. Quoting his publication, Mitchell condemns the press's tendency "to accept the military's word first and ask questions later," citing specific examples like the media's blind approval of Secretary of State Powell's Feb., 2003, speech favoring a call to arms. Mitchell describes incidents like this as a symptom of the media's "failure of will" to probe matters of national security. His thesis-that a weak press deserves blame for the Iraq quagmire-is hard to argue with, but it's not exactly news. Still, he provides a valuable roundup of media reactions from across the spectrum, and his grievances are substantial. Ultimately, though, Mitchell is difficult to distinguish from the one-sided, single-minded figures he rails against; readers will learn a great deal about the media politics behind the Iraq war, but will have to decide for themselves how trustworthy a pundit Mitchell really is.
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Worthy of shelving alongside the best of the Iraq books.”--Kirkus
Greg Mitchell has given us a razor-sharp critique of how the media and the government connived in one of the great blunders of American foreign policy. Every aspiring journalist, every veteran, every punditand every citizen who cares about the difference between illusion and reality, propaganda and the truth, and looked to the press to help keep them separateshould read this book. Twice.”Bill Moyers
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There is better books out there folks. Frank Rich's "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" is one.
How can a democracy work properly when citizens are lied to by "leaders" as the mass media gives governmental lies (of biblical proportions) a pass - without later apologies for proven offenses against truth and morality? Viet Nam lesson appear forgotten.
Book merits re-readings - as truths needs repetition. Not only is truth the first casualty of war - but also the last. We’ve STILL not come to terms with The American War (often misnamed "Viet Nam War.") Viet Nam is a country - not a war. Is not all human life precious? Including over three million killed as USA supported one corrupt criminal South Viet Nam regime after another? (with minuscule popular support from those living there). “Kill Anything That Moves” is ALSO a “must” read.