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Glass house gang – Tilting at Windmills
The press has finally gotten tough about Bush’s relying on British intelligence for his uranium claim instead of checking the validity of what the Brits were telling him. But the press should ponder how often it has done the same thing itself. Think how many times you’ve seen a story that begins with “The president says” or “Senator X says” or “Alan Greenspan says,” with the paragraphs that follow displaying not a hint of evidence that the reporter has examined the truth of the quotation. All too often, all the reporter does is seek balancing quotes–“Senator Y says Senator X is dead wrong”–but does not try to find out who was right. In fact, much of the run-up to the Iraq war was assisted by a press that mindlessly reported Bush claims without examining them.
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