Wednesday, May 7, 2008

GREAT MOMENTS IN JOURNALISTIC OBJECTIVITY

FAIR - On March 16, the New York Times presented a discussion of the Iraq War with "nine experts on military and foreign affairs"--all of whom supported George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq. As FAIR asked at the time, why should the debate over the war should be restricted to those who made erroneous predictions about the invasion? We received no response.

On May 4, the Week in Review section featured the exact same line-up of "experts," this time reacting to the fifth anniversary of George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech. Thus, Times readers could hear from Richard Perle of the American Enterprise Institute--who, five years ago, penned an op-ed for USA Today headlined "Relax, Celebrate Victory." The Times also shared the views of AEI's Danielle Pletka, who five years ago said on CNBC, "We just won a war in Iraq."

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