So Wrong for So Long

So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits--And the President--Failed on Iraq
by Greg Mitchell [Union Square]

From well before American bombs began falling on Baghdad in 2002, Greg Mitchell’s columns in Editor and Publisher typed out a sober counter-rhythm to the establishment media’s militaristic drumbeat. The chronologically-arranged columns gathered into this book form a dismal retrospective. Providing running commentary on the national media's failures to challenge even the most dubious or unsourced Bush administration claims, Mitchell makes it clear that in many cases, critical journalists should have known then what we all know now about WMDs and justification for war; Pat Tillman; and Abu Ghraib. Mitchell also takes note of success stories among the failures, and comments on significant (if often overlooked) media contributions from outside the media mainstream. -jl

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