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The Lies That Sent Us to War

From the Associated Press:

"WASHINGTON — A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks."

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Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I found you from family tree junkie. I have to admit, I'm leaving a comment because of your name: the fudge lady. In the summer of 1988, I worked at a fudge store in Provincetown Mass., a predominantly homosexual community. We used to joke that if we formed a softball team, we'd call ourselves The Fudge Packers....
Dick Small
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
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Welcome, Dick, to the fudgy side of the street...
Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
No, really? this can't be true....

what are they stupid? the public could have told them this, and we have, even before the war started. Dumbasses.
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
True, we did tell them this before the war, but now the media is taking a long, hard look at itself and all the ways it screwed up its coverage by unquestioningly printing whatever Bush wanted. Hopefully the press will rediscover real investigative journalism before we find ourselves in Iran.

But given the "news" stories on the Presidential election, I'll believe it when I see it.

And none of this brings back all the war dead whose families will always have the pain of loss.
Jan. 24th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
And it should take a long, hard look at itself. Unfortunately, rather than working to print/broadcast truth and relevant information, more and more reporters are being pushed by editors and publishers to print whatever they think will get the most readers. It's all about the money, not about the craft any more, and because of that, the craft, and the integrity, is hurting and suffering.

I can't even begin to count the number of times I've been "strongly encouraged" to write a story I didn't see as a story just because the editors thought it would get more readers. Some days I feel like I'm writing for the Enquirer, not a local hometown paper.

At the same time, the media can't be blamed entirely. The Bush administration had its own agenda and it was pushing it hard. Every day he was lying to an entire nation and using the media as a means to his own diabolical plan.
Jan. 26th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
As another (former) reporter for a local paper, I am interested in -- and sorry to hear -- your words on the pressure you've gotten from your bosses to write non-stories just to bring in the bucks.

Back in the '80s, I was covering a story about a local principal who died in a crash. I was told to call his house and get quotes from the family. I refused, saying I wasn't going to intrude myself on people who had just lost their husband or father.

Luckily, the editor backed off. Today, I wonder if I'd be told to crash the funeral and stick a camera in their faces!

You're spot-on about the craft and integrity suffering. My grandfather wrote for the AP for over 40 years, retiring in the '60s; today he's probably spinning in his grave.

Edited at 2008-01-26 09:05 pm (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Hi fudge. Just wanted to let you know that I tagged you. Your blog is probably way too cool for a lame meme, but just wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you.
Jan. 26th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
See "Tag, I'm It!" :-)
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