Glen Greenwald’s Blog at Salon.com today uses Scott McClellan’s allegation that the “Liberal Media” let the US down in the runup to the Iraq War as a jumping off point for documenting several events that reveal the whole liberal media bias scenario for what it is — a complete and total myth fabricated by right-wingers with lots of airtime and money.
McClellan’s upcoming book has a passage which says the “Liberal Media” basically should’ve been all up in Dubya’s grill before the Iraq invasion, but failed to challenge the (p)resident at every turn. Here’s the quote:
If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq.The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. . . . In this case, the “liberal media” didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.
If you ever wanted to find a bunch of great links and arguments completely dispelling the liberal media myth, Greenwald’s got gobs of them all in one place. He pretty much covers it all — from the crusade against Al Gore’s presidency to big media’s own cover-ups regarding their coverage of the “Countdown to War.”