How wrong the media got it on Iraq, and how little consequence they faced for it

by Philip Giraldi
April 04, 2013

In a recent op-ed entitled “Blunders to Remember” David Ignatius of the Washington Post apologized for his shortcomings in “being wrong on the overriding question of whether the [Iraq] war made sense.” The op-ed’s recognition of the media frenzy that accompanied the invasion and occupation of Iraq reminded me once again of just how the Fourth Estate has failed the American people over the past twelve years. I can recall a number of significant stories that appeared in the alternative media that were deliberately avoided by the mainstream, including the false narrative established to justify invading Iraq. If Ignatius had been reading the pieces appearing on antiwar.com in early 2003, for example, he would have learned in some detail from credible commentators why the impending Iraq war was unjustified, unnecessary, and doomed to fail. Instead, he was embedded with the U.S. Army which gave him wonderful access and his reporting consequently reflected the hokum that he was being fed.

Unfortunately, Ignatius was not alone and today’s corporate media continue to work towards their apparent goal to provide less and less information and more and more opinion. Recent coverage of the President’s visit to the Middle East invariably referred to the militarily occupied West Bank as “disputed,” a usage that has also become common over at the State Department and which obscures the injustice being committed against the Palestinians. Iran is regularly referred to as having a nuclear weapons program and it is even frequently suggested that it is developing ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Which means to the average reader that Iran is a serious threat, poised to attack the United States with nuclear weapons. That both the CIA and Mossad would disagree, having publicly stated with confidence that Iran currently has no weapons program, far less a system to deliver the bomb if it should change its mind and decide to construct one, appears irrelevant. No one at CNN, Fox News or the Washington Post appears to be listening.

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