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    Devilstower asserted that "most reporters are both knowledgeable about their subject areas and courageous in their efforts to gather information."

    This claim is patently false. Leading up to the Iraqi War, news anchors, with few exceptions, would not even invite contrarians on their programs. Almost all reporters were verbally beating the drums of bellicosity.

    Not until immediately prior to the invasion, did Wolf Blitzer, apparently due to received complaints, finally interview doves. Blitzer's angry partiality was betrayed by the repeated interruptions of his interview of the German ambassador to the United States and Howard Dean who both opposed rushing to arms. These interviews were not engaged until shortly before the invasion.

    Scott Ridder, who had been a member and later a leader of the UN weapons inspections team (UNSCOM) that made inspections in Iraq in an attempt to ensure that it was abiding by U.N. sanctions, was seldom invited on news shows even though he eventually wrote a book that included his views on this matter.

    When Republican leaders affirmed on many news programs viewed by me that other nations such as Germany and France confirmed the claim of the USA that Iraq had weapons of mass destructions, no "journalist" asked the war proponents to cite some of the French or German sources, to inquire of any survey of European leaders regarding their views on the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or to relate to their viewers that the USA was the only nation to have spy planes flying over Iraq.

    When toadies of the administration proclaimed that all U.S. experts agreed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, none of the "journalists" countered that Scott Ridder of UNSCOM as well as Mohammed El Baradei and other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency were convinced of the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    The only network that exhibited impartiality in covering the periods prior to and during the invasion of Iraq by "caolition" forces was CNN in Espanol. Their coverage of the impending and early war is an impeccable model that all other networks ought to seek to emulate. There is almost no chance of that happening, however.

    With few exceptions, reporters are primarily concerned about what their peers think of them, and are unwilling to say or do what anything that is not fully acceptable by the current media culture.

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