Buying the War

topbanner_01.jpgThe most powerful indictment of the news media for falling down in its duties in the run-up to the war in Iraq will appear this Wednesday (April 25), in a 90-minute PBS broadcast called “Buying the War,” which marks the return of “Bill Moyers Journal.”

Some statistics from the program include:

In the year before the invasion William Safire (who predicted a “quick war” with Iraqis cheering their liberators) wrote “a total of 27 opinion pieces fanning the sparks of war.” The Washington Post carried at least 140 front-page stories in that same period making the administration’s case for attack. In the six months leading to the invasion the Post would “editorialize in favor of the war at least 27 times.” Of the 414 Iraq stories broadcast on NBC, ABC and CBS nightly news in the six months before the war, almost all could be traced back to sources solely in the White House, Pentagon or State Dept.

Check Bill Moyers’s PBS page here for more details. For a preview of the program, click here.

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