Posts tagged with ‘Howard Kurtz’

The 10th anniversary this month of the invasion of Iraq will remind most people of a divisive and dubious war that toppled Saddam Hussein but claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians.

What it conjures up for me is the media’s greatest failure in modern times.

Major news organizations aided and abetted the Bush administration’s march to war on what turned out to be faulty premises. All too often, skepticism was checked at the door, and the shaky claims of top officials and unnamed sources were trumpeted as fact.

Howard Kurtz, host, CNN’s Reliable Sources, Media’s failure on Iraq still stings.

Ten years is a long time, so for a quick refresher on what the press did and didn’t do at the time, take a look at this 2008 article by Dan Froomkin in the Nieman Watchdog Project.

soupsoup:

A great interview with Jack Shafer on Reliable Sources about media criticism and having strong journalistic standards.

FJP: His comments about state government sunshine acts are dead on (around 8:00).