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Because it still needs to be asked...

There is no bigger story than war. And a war whose major premise -- the threat from Iraqi weapons of mass destruction -- turned out to be unsupported is an even bigger story. That the administration presented this threat to the public with such a strong, yet false, sense of certainty -- including the imagery of mushroom clouds -- is an even more important lesson for all of us about big but not well-examined decisions. How did a country on the leading edge of the information age get this so wrong and express so little skepticism and challenge? How did an entire system of government and a free press set out on a search for something and fail to notice, or even warn us in a timely or prominent way, that it wasn't or might not be there?
---Michael Getler, the departing ombudsman for the Washington Post (who is, by the way, the incoming ombudsman for PBS)

This is a question all American journalists should tack on a wall, a computer monitor, a bathroom mirror, or any place they're going to stare at all day.

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rtfirefly
Oct. 9th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
This is a question that the WaPo answered back on May 11, 2003. The war plan never regarded guarding the prospective WMD sites as a priority, which pretty much says the Bush Administration never regarded Iraqi WMDs as a serious threat.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 10th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
Getler a softy
Getler gives senior management, op-ed staff a free ride. (http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2005/10/just-like-bush-with-abu-ghraib.html)
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