The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Massing on Iraq and the media
One of the chief elders of the reality-based community, Michael Massing, has spoken once more , in a 6,000 word article for the New York Review of Books entitled Iraq, the Press and the Election.
Naturally deserving of proper study, it offers on first reading no grand guignol or gotchas, but a measured treatment of the US media's handling of the Iraq story and its effect on the election.
In particular, it highlights the good, as well as the bad and the ugly, in the Iraq coverage, and gives what looks like a cool and nuanced assessment.
There was enough available in sources (like network TV news) available about the failures of the occupation to put the interested news consumer on notice that deception was in progress : for instance,
When Prime Minister Allawi claimed that fifteen of Iraq's eighteen provinces were fit for elections, Charles Gibson on ABC's World News Tonight asked Pentagon correspondent Martha Raddatz if this was true. "I can give you a two-word answer from a military commander I spoke to today," Raddatz replied. "He said, ‘no way.'
A little dead-panning from Raddatz there...
Massing's tone is a delight, too: calm and sober, largely allowing the facts to speak for themselves.
More on the piece in due course.
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