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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Major US Media Acknowledge Their Lapses

Self-criticism is always healthy, and I am happy the The Washington Post and The New York Times have found it in themselves to acknowledge that during the run-up to the war in Iraq they did not publish enough information challenging the US officialdom's assertions about that country. The question now is, why did that happen? I think part of the problem is the immense pressure from, and dependence upon the government and corporate powers of the major media sources. They need advertisement, they need access, they need to be the ones to whom government leaks are made. All of the above is all the more reason to have more confidence in the alternative news sources. A lot of those sources are web-based, need little cash to operate and are really far more independent, even if they are severely lacking as far as their information collecting capabilities.

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