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War, Peace, and the Mass Media
Saturday, April 22, 2006  
International Reporting by the
American News Media:
A Bibliography of Scholarship and Criticism, 1990-2001

William A Dorman and Robert Manoff
Center for War, Peace and News Media
Boston University
April 2006

This bibliography provides citations to the most significant books, articles, chapters, and other publications and ephemera (including those on the Web) on the subject of the news media and foreign/international reporting during the decade-plus following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

This volume is a sequel to an earlier publication, American Press Coverage of U.S.-Soviet Relations, the Soviet Union, Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, and National Security, by William A. Dorman, Robert Manoff, and Jennifer Weeks (New York: Center for War, Peace, and the News Media, 1988, 102 pp.). This volume became a basic resource for scholars writing about news media coverage of these issues; it remains available from the Center for War, Peace, and the News Media.

The present publication is designed to serve as a resource for scholars, journalists, activists, and others interested in how the American news media covered the world, and how it organized itself to do so, from the end of the Cold War until 9/11 and its sequelae (notably the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) altered the journalistic landscape. (We have also included an occasional pre-1990 publication when it was deemed of particular contemporary interest.) A subsequent volume will identify research that has been done, and significant analysis that has appeared, on the U.S. news media's international reporting since September 11, 2001.

For the full bibliography, see Gobal Beat

2:08 PM

Ex - CIA Agent Says WMD Intelligence Ignored

April 21, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA had evidence Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction six months before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion but was ignored by a White House intent on ousting Saddam Hussein, a former senior CIA official said according to CBS.

Tyler Drumheller, who headed CIA covert operations in Europe during the run-up to the Iraq war, said intelligence opposing administration claims of a WMD threat came from a top Iraqi official who provided the U.S. spy agency with other credible information.

The source ``told us that there were no active weapons of mass destruction programs,'' Drumheller said in a CBS interview to be aired on Sunday on the network's news magazine, ``60 Minutes.''

``The (White House) group that was dealing with preparation for the Iraq war came back and said they were no longer interested,'' he was quoted as saying in interview excerpts released by CBS on Friday.

``We said: 'Well, what about the intel?' And they said: 'Well, this isn't about intel anymore. This is about regime change','' added Drumheller, whose CIA operation was assigned the task of debriefing the Iraqi official.

To read the full text, see New York Times

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Thursday, April 20, 2006  
Unforeseen Spending on Materiel Pumps Up Iraq War Bill
Senate to Take Up Measure as Military Fights to Keep Guns, Tanks Working

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 20, 2006; A01

With the expected passage this spring of the largest emergency spending bill in history, annual war expenditures in Iraq will have nearly doubled since the U.S. invasion, as the military confronts the rapidly escalating cost of repairing, rebuilding and replacing equipment chewed up by three years of combat.

The cost of the war in U.S. fatalities has declined this year, but the cost in treasure continues to rise, from $48 billion in 2003 to $59 billion in 2004 to $81 billion in 2005 to an anticipated $94 billion in 2006, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The U.S. government is now spending nearly $10 billion a month in Iraq and Afghanistan, up from $8.2 billion a year ago, a new Congressional Research Service report found.

Annual war costs in Iraq are easily outpacing the $61 billion a year that the United States spent in Vietnam between 1964 and 1972, in today's dollars. The invasion's "shock and awe" of high-tech laser-guided bombs, cruise missiles and stealth aircraft has long faded, but the costs of even those early months are just coming into view as the military confronts equipment repair and rebuilding costs it has avoided and procurement costs it never expected.

To read the full text, see Washington Post

5:21 PM

Intelligence Director's Budget May Near $1 Billion, Report Finds

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 20, 2006; A11

The budget next year for National Intelligence Director John D. Negroponte's office and the several agencies attached to it may be near $1 billion or more, according to language buried in the report of the House intelligence committee on the fiscal 2007 intelligence authorization bill.

The exact budget total for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is classified, but the report by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence contains a figure by the Congressional Budget Office of $990 million for the intelligence community management account that provides the principal funding for the ODNI.

To read the full text, see Washington Post

5:18 PM

A Crisis Almost Without Equal
Republicans and Democrats alike are starting to face the prospect of what it means to have George W. Bush as their commander in chief for another 33 months -- in a time of war, terrorism, and nuclear intrigue. How can the press contribute to confronting the crisis? First: recognize it exists.

By Greg Mitchell
Editor & PUblisher

Blog editor's note: Mitchell is managing editor of E & P, the "bible" of the American newspaper industry. There are beginning to appear a number of pieces in the nooks and crannies of journalism that sound a similar theme. It will be interesting to see whether a mainstream press that has largely given President Bush the benefit of the doubt since 9-11 has now turned a corner.

(April 19, 2006) -- No matter which party they generally favor or political stripes they wear, newspapers and other media outlets need to confront the fact that America faces a crisis almost without equal in recent decades.

Our president, in a time of war, terrorism and nuclear intrigue, will likely remain in office for another 33 months, with crushingly low approval ratings that are still inching lower. Facing a similar problem, voters had a chance to quickly toss Jimmy Carter out of office, and did so. With a similar lengthy period left on his White House lease, Richard Nixon quit, facing impeachment. Neither outcome is at hand this time.

To read the full text, see Editor & Publisher

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