Media Matters: CNN, Fox Mislead Viewers About Bush Administration's Misleading Iraq-Al Qaeda Link

From Media Matters:

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In June 5 reports on CNN's The Situation
Room
and Fox News' Special Report, CNN correspondent Carol Costello, CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry, and Special Report host Brit Hume falsely suggested that only the Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the committee's June 5 "Report on Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government Officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence Information." In fact, the report had bipartisan support: Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel (NE) and Olympia Snowe (ME) endorsed the report and stated that it "accomplished its primary objective." As Costello noted, the report concluded that "the Bush administration misused intelligence to build its case [for war in Iraq] in 2003 and misled Americans about links between Iraq and Al Qaeda."

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Aren't we getting a little old for this?

Hasn't enough blood been spilled while people play their games of misinformation and propaganda, just to score political points and win the ability to commit even more heinous crimes on our watch?

This is exactly the sort of poor, inaccurate and untruthful information that explains why the traditional media is losing ground to blogs, and it helps explain the growing support and popularity behind the rise of the blogosphere and citizen journalists.

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Footnotes
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  1. Hat-tip Decon66.
  2. Just hours ago, standingup posted this. Is there any hope for our media to ever return to the days of Edgar R. Murrow? Will Keith Olbermann, John Stewart and Steven Colbert, perhaps spelled occasionally by Jack Cafferty, continue to remain among the few able to make significant waves and inroads into the myopic, concentric minds of today's mediazoo?
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. . . traditional media is losing ground to blogs . .

Tell ya what, direct me to your list of the top three blogs doing independent reporting with no references or quotes to/from "traditional media". Especially those that have or are producing original material 24/7/365.

As to the specific report, it would take less than five minutes for a committee staffer, or Senator's aide to make a call to correct the record. 'Course if they were interested in altering the behavior they would make the call to the Times or WP. Nothing like embarassing a talking-head in print to get their attention.

    >> direct me to your list of the top three blogs doing independent reporting with no references or quotes to/from "traditional media". <<

With "no" references is unlikely; even the traditional media quotes from blogs and citizen journals.

Blogs have been known to occasionally scoop the media, though, and have also -- on occasion -- provided better in-depth analysis than traditional media outlets.

It's certainly not perfect, however.

As for a couple that I'd list who have done original content, I'd start with ePluribus Media -- we've done some.

TPM Muckraker has done some.

DailyKos has done some.

The Last Hurrah and EmptyWheel has done some.

    >> Especially those that have or are producing original material 24/7/365. <<

The closest I could get here would be TPM Muckraker off the top of my head, but even that isn't "pure" -- it, by necessessity, includes drinking from the same well of story sources for some content.

We all live in the same world, and thus the capacity for 100% unique and original news reporting and analysis is nearly impossible -- at least in terms of actually covering news that matters beyond a tightly specialized niche market or interest.

However, traditional media is definitely in a slump. Print media is hurting -- tho, as you've noted before, it may be from poor upper management in many cases.

today. Common online to read "traditional media" followed closely by references to some dipshit talking head on some back-forty cable real estate. Most of the Country still gets news from "print" reporters - online or paper - who still do a decent job of reporting.

Guess my point is still the same: enough resources are available with a coordinated effort to both compete with, and/or enhance coverage of newspapers nationwide. Like you've said, "be" the media.

But I don't see that happening anytime soon.

You made great points, however, and forced a real answer.

I had to thunk a moment. ;)

    >> Most of the Country still gets news from "print" reporters - online or paper - who still do a decent job of reporting. <<

I agree.

    >> Guess my point is still the same: enough resources are available with a coordinated effort to both compete with, and/or enhance coverage of newspapers nationwide. Like you've said, "be" the media. <<

Yeah -- "be" the media, "be" what the media should be, ~with~ and ~as part of~ the media.

Watching how some of the blogs have started to lose sight of the potential to find an effective way to coordinate with the media -- especially of late, during the primary wars -- has been disheartening.

    >> But I don't see that happening anytime soon. <<

Nor I.

:/

Hopefully, tho, we'll all keep plugging away at it.

They know that it sells. Just amazing. I didn't know this. Of course Hagel supports the report. The interesting political tid bit is Snowe. She knows that Collins may get a pink slip and she'd making her move, I suspect. She'd be a good one to get in the Democratic Caucus, i.e., flipped.

This is getting absurd, I agree. But it's important to expect the worst because that's what we get all them time from these characters. The Hon. Kucinich is right on target.

Here's something for the new president to investigate.

How did Rupert Murdoch get the ability to buy up the television stations that form Fox Network? He became a U.S. citizen in a hurry.

"His 1985 purchase of the Metromedia television stations required him to become an American citizen to comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions on foreign ownership of U.S. television stations; many felt he received inordinately preferential treatment by the Reagan administration in expediting the citizenship process."
http://tinyurl.com/2qll2

"In passing, there was mention of the NBC challenge," he added, referring to the network's argument that Mr. Murdoch's Fox Television Stations violate Federal regulations against foreign ownership of broadcast licenses. NBC contends that Fox is owned by Mr. Murdoch's News Corporation, which is based in Australia, but Mr. Murdoch, now an American citizen, contends that he is the owner.

Mr. Rubenstein said that discussion of NBC's challenge to Fox "was not the purpose of the visit," that Mr. Murdoch had not been seeking "any change" in legislation and that the meeting "has been blown out of proportion." NYT
http://tinyurl.com/5xxcy2

So was Murdoch's preferential citizenship handled in a lawful fashion? If so, fine? If not, would that invalidate his acquisition of Fox since it would surely invalidate his citizenship. Was there really an issue with ownership. That was 1995. Free ride or good regulatory decision?

Interesting stuff, no? Maybe someone will do some digging.

"Furthest from him is best, whom reason hath equaled, force hath made supreme above his equals." Milton

"Furthest from him is best, whom reason hath equaled, force hath made supreme above his equals." Milton

Definitely worth more than a cursory examination -- and perhaps letting others know about them, too.

Thanks, Michael.