Thursday, April 26, 2007

Selling and "Buying The War"

How did the mainstream press get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 continue to go largely unreported?

These are questions Bill Moyers explores in "Buying The War" as he delves into the failure of US mainstream media to question the half-truths, fabrications, and deceptions spoon fed to the them by the Bush marketing campaign bent on selling the invasion of Iraq. It points out how the Bush administration would leak stories to the NY Times then quote them to support the case for war. It also shows how the frenzy of patriotism and fear of being branded 'anti-American' by right wing pundits and puppets like Bill O'Rielly (who has already started a smear campaign against Moyers, SURPIRSE!) and their legions of followers, stifled journalists and buried news reports that pointed out the holes and contradictions in the trumped up war cry from the White House.

The show, "Buying The War", is a fascinating and disturbing account on how the media failed and continues to fail the country by opting to be a megaphone for politicians rather than uncovering, exposing, and reporting truths and facts; how they pick from a list of 'experts' rather than do research themselves. It even tells how some TV execs required talk shows to have on 2 pro-war guests for every war opponent, though they could have as many conservatives on without inviting an opposing viewpoint.

It's an engaging report. I am sure it will be replayed on PBS, check your listings.

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