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Friday, October 21, 2005

Noble exceptions

All mainstream journalists swallowed pre-war lies over Iraq and WMD? All reporters more than happy to provide cover for government "insiders" and official "leaks?" Journalists keen to see themselves as fighters of truth and democracy?

Nearly. There were some notable exceptions, however, and they should be saluted.

The media has taken a justified hit both before and during the Iraq war. Many forgot that their role was to question and challenge, not merely filter official spin. Many have still forgotten. Many will never remember.

For some, the job is more than regurgitating dishonest "intelligence" and saluting in front of establishment power.

Of course, many can't imagine life without it.

9 Comments:

Blogger Marcus said...

"Many forgot that their role was to question and challenge"

I think maybe "was" is the appropriate word.

The role of journalism today is perhaps more as yet another cog in the spin process... not simply passive regurgitators, I think journalists are actually more and more becoming quite active when it comes to obfuscation and untruth.

By way of example, I'd put money down that Australian TV will be broadcasting our very own Bill O'Reilly within the next five years.

Friday, October 21, 2005 5:00:00 pm  
Blogger Human said...

And let us not forget the 133 House and 23 Senate members who voted nay when asked to abdicate their responsibility
to declare War and give it to the unelected Commander-in-Thief.
Peace. your fellow Human

Friday, October 21, 2005 9:41:00 pm  
Blogger Rich Bowden said...

Any chance of starting an Australian version of the honour roll Ant.....

Shouldn't take too long!

Saturday, October 22, 2005 7:51:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Rich,
Good idea...but where to begin?
A number of journos did remain questioning, including Margo Kingston, Paul McGeough, Ramsey et al. Indeed, virtually none of the Murdoch/Packer press. Directive from up top, you see.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 12:39:00 pm  
Blogger CB said...

Count the UN resolutions in the previous 12 years. So what should have been done then? That's the key question that the left consistently fail to answer.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 12:09:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

How about you try reading those resolutions before entering into this argument?

The reslutions about WMD shoudl ahve been overturned. Don''t you get it? The resilutions were active so long as the WMD programs existed. People liek you are so used to parroting the war party talking points that you hven't stopped to think what they mean. Iraq cannot be in contravention of the resolutions without WMD.

The US helped draft the sanctions against Iraq, stipulating that they would be lifted as soon as Iraq complied with the sanctions. Well guess what, they were in compliance since at least 1992 (according to the Duelfer Report and Chief Weapons inspector, Scott Ritter) and the CIA knew is. But, regardless of this, the George HW Bush and Clinton Admninistrations stated that the santions would remain in place so long as Sadam was in power.

Congress would not allow Clinton to vote to lift the sanctions, because Sadan posed a political ebnarrasment to the US. Bsuh 41 had stupidly compard Sadam to Hitler so that sealed any chance of the US electorate accepting Sadam's legitimacy.

The sanctins could not be lifted without the Security Council's approval on which the US has a veto.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 1:11:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Pro-war propagandists will keep on spinning, and moving the goalposts re Iraq, because the facts are very uncomfortable. The ongoing Fitzgerald investigation in the US may just blow this whole thing wide open.
But, of course, Iraq is liberated.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 1:37:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Indeed the Fitzgerald could prove to be bigger than anyone expected. He is not bound by any mandate, so the investigations are free to go in any direction that leads to the creation of missinformation.

Already, the offices of both the Cheney and Bush are implicated at the highest level.

The sad thing is that, even if indictements are issues, the White House is porbably already preparing he presindential pardons to be issued when Bush's term ends.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 3:08:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

CB said...

Count the UN resolutions in the previous 12 years. So what should have been done then?

How about they should have done exactly what they've done about many more resolutions about Israel in the previous 28 years. Nothing.

Indeed, you could argue that the latter resolutions been enforced with banywhwere near the same zeal then Iraq and the rest of the ME may have had a very different history.

Monday, October 24, 2005 4:18:00 pm  

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