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  •  I think we'll also take greater note (4.00)
    that the Times, the Journal and the Post -- three-fourths of our elite press if you count the LA Times -- published in and served hometowns that were attacked on 9/11.  Officers and editorial leaders of these papers knew victims personally, and their businesses were adversely affected.

    These papers, as they have since the advent of broadcast, set the agenda for other print and broadcast media.  But reporting on 9/11 and our immediate response, they had palpable conflicts of interest.

    You (obviously) can't expect newspapers to recuse themselves from reporting on how local tragedies affect their operations (though they often work hard to do so).  But these papers were directly victimized on 9/11, and their blind support of the Iraq invasion in the face of plenty of counterwisdom indicates to me they put their journalistic mission on hold to help our government avenge their losses.

    To the extent this is true and publicized, our elite press will suffer great damage, particularly with an internet available to catalogue and weigh its transgressions, and puncture its mythology.  At this moment, we don't know exactly how much and when the Times, Journal and Post knew our casus belli was bogus.  So, as we speak, the elite press has real reasons (especially in protecting shareholders) to minimize public awareness of their surrendered mission to report facts.

    For this reason, we are in the midst of two cover-ups, one governmental, one press.  They are intertwined, but distinct.  And we'll wish we'd all realized it sooner.

    •  Afghanistan may have been revenge for 9/11, (none)
      but how could they have thought Iraq was?
      •  I think they viewed Afghanistan (4.00)
        as kind of a no-brainer (as, reluctantly, did I).  AQ was there, and the Taliban was going Khmer Rouge.  But not many opportunities for shock and awe.

        Seems like the disconnect occurred around the outsourcing of Tora Bora and redeployment of troops and treasure to the Iraq build-up, still only months after 9/11.  One question I don't see much discussed is when the elite press was onto each of these stories, because there must have publishing/editorial folks who decided then to "look the other way."

    •  Look if anything ever sold papers, war did. (none)
      Plain n'simple.

      The dark at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming age.

      by peeder on Sat Aug 13, 2005 at 12:09:46 AM PDT

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