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William A. Dorman is Professor of Government at California State University, Sacramento, and has taught a course in War, Peace and the Mass Media since 1970.

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War, Peace, and the Mass Media
Thursday, June 12, 2003  
Bill Moyers: A Speech for our time

Anyone interested in the politics of today would do well to read what I consider to be one of the most remarkable speeches of our time. Bill Moyers, one of America's premier public intellectuals, recently gave a history lesson that is more than timely--and extraordinarily hopeful. For the full text, see Truthout

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Was Press Asleep on Pre-War WMD Issue?

By Joe Strupp
JUNE 12, 2003

Strupp Talks to 5 Top Editors

Last week, profound questions arose concerning the Bush administration's key reason for invading Iraq: the threat posed by that country's huge stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. Reporters and commentators are now vigorously pursuing the possibility that poor intelligence overstated the threat -- or that the administration deliberately misled the American people in its rush to go to war.

In addition to the White House, however, the press must take some of the blame, for failing to push the administration hard enough prior to the war. For the rest of the interview with top editors, see Editor & Publisher

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Wednesday, June 11, 2003  

How the media might have to cop the blame for Bush's blushes

June 12 2003

From rushing to report on the no-WMDs scandal, the press has been caught up in the scandal, writes Russ Baker, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review.

The growing scandal over the Bush Administration's manipulation of intelligence data on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction focuses on the role of the White House. But it doesn't devote proper attention to the role of the US media in the propaganda effort that misled the world.

Probably the central character in that effort was The New York Times' Judith Miller, perhaps the world's leading journalistic "specialist" in covering chemical and biological weapons threats. Miller has recently come under criticism within the US journalistic community for seemingly co-operating in the ongoing disinformation program by passing along unfounded Pentagon claims about the reasons behind its decision to go to war. Sydney Morning Herald

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