So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits–and the President–Failed on Iraq by Greg Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am saddened to say that I discovered the fabulous Editors & Publishers website *just* before it closed shop. It is being re-launched under the same name, but without the brilliant editor who put together this compilation of E&P essays & with a somewhat different focus sadly.
The essays trace a time line from 2003-2007 detailing the very LACK of a liberal bias in the nations newspapers. Not only that, but just a complete lack of willingness to get a story RIGHT no matter what sort of bias might be perceived. It’s like they were all paralyzed by the groundswell of patriotism that swept the country after 9/11 (understandable to some extent), but forgot their role as reporters to not view events through such prisms.
It’s an easy read if you call reading about the unfolding of war easy. Especially a war launched for the wrong reasons, yet never once questioned until we were mired in it’s web. But the essays are short and concise and several of them gave me chills.
*** Apologies as this Year of the Book endeavor will mean some cross-over into politics here since I do love to read these non-fiction books as much as the fiction! ***
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