Commentary and links relating to media coverage of war; both before, during, and after.

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.

Web Page

U.S. Foreign Policy Blog

E-Mail: dormanw at

<< current


War, Peace, and the Mass Media
Sunday, November 20, 2005  
'L.A. Times' Report Adds Fuel to 'War Manipulation' Debate

E&P Staff
November 20, 2005

NEW YORK A massive report in the Los Angeles Times today appears to add further evidence to critics charging the Bush administration with manipulating evidence to promote the Iraq invasion in 2003. Once again the Iraqi defector known as "Curveball" takes front and center.

"The German intelligence officials responsible for one of the most important informants on Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction say that the Bush administration and the CIA repeatedly exaggerated his claims during the run-up to the war in Iraq," Bob Drogin and John Goetz write.

They also reveal: "An investigation by The Times based on interviews since May with about 30 current and former intelligence officials in the U.S., Germany, England, Iraq and the United Nations, as well as other experts, shows that U.S. bungling in the Curveball case was worse than official reports have disclosed."

To read the full text, see editor & Publisher

7:56 AM

'Wash Post' Ombudsman Says Woodward Needs Watching

E&P Staff
November 20, 2005

NEW YORK In a highly critical Sunday column, Deborah Howell, ombudsman at the Washington Post since just October, took the paper's star reporter to task for his behavior surrounding the Plame/CIA leak, accusing him of what she termed two journalistic "sins." She wrote that the Post "took a hit to its credibility with readers," and "disappointment was rife in The Post's newsroom."

Her conclusion: "He has to operate under the rules that govern the rest of the staff--even if he's rich and famous."

Earlier this week, Howell had told E&P's Joe Strupp that her reader mail was uniformly negative about Woodward, which is rare on any subject. Today she noted that many readers think Woodward ought to be fired or disciplined.

To read the full text, see Editor & Publisher

7:53 AM

This page is powered by Blogger.